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Plants, Animals, And The Concept Of Ubuntu

December 14, 2013
By KATIE FINCH - Naturalist , The Post-Journal

This past weekend my friend Tara spoke about the recent death of South African President Nelson Mandela. In honor of his life, Tara introduced me to the concept of "Ubuntu." This philosophy, popular in many African cultures, speaks to our interconnectedness to other human beings. It is contrary to the Paul Simon lyrics "I am a rock. I am an island." "Ubuntu" is a belief that we are all part of a human community and the better for it. In fact, as humans we are defined by other humans.

 
 
 

 

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