UBUNTU: I Am Because We Are

UBUNTU I Am Because We Are

An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree, and told the kids that whoever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run. They all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that, as one could have had all the fruits for himself, they said, “UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?”

UBUNTU in the Xhosa culture means: I am because we are.

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2 responses to “UBUNTU: I Am Because We Are

  1. Khalid

    My students in the Middle East always share their answers with each other when they take tests. They don’t understand why the Western teachers get angry. We say they are cheating, but they see it as helping their friends do well. I can’t imagine one of them hoarding their answers ftom the rest because they studied harder.

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