Sunday, July 01, 2007

An extract from Frida's Notebook

Frida wrote an interesting post titled Be the Change.

Here's an extract: This book has a beautiful introduction by the Bishop Desmond Tutu in which he talks about "ubuntu" which is a characteristic of goodness, the essence of what it is to be human.

In his culture, he says, the highest compliment you can be paid is to have someone say "Yu, u nobuntu", you have ubuntu.

I love this concept, which has two parts. The first part is about being friendly, hospitable, generous, gentle, caring and compassionate. It is about being someone who will use their strengths on behalf of others - the weak and the poor and the ill - and not take advantage of anyone.

The second part is about being large-hearted and open, about sharing your worth in every sense.

People with ubuntu understand that if I diminsh you, I diminish myself.

from Mahatma Gandhi's teachings on "Peace".

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