I am because we are.

I am because we are.

This is “Ubuntu,” the idea in African spirituality that states that all of humanity is connected, that we cannot be ourselves without community, that an individual’s well-being is dependent upon the well-being of others.

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If you are looking to further live this truth there is ample opportunity,  “Ubuntu” made headlines in 2008 when Madonna produced a film documenting the millions of orphans in the African country of Malawi who have lost parents and siblings to HIV and AIDS, many of whom live on the streets. The film also shows the efforts with Madonna’s charitable organization “Raising Malawi” in helping with improving their lives and conditions.

An example of this thinking is the following story. 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 who ever 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?”