The word 'Ubuntu' originates from one of the Bantu dialects of Africa, and is pronounced as uu-Boon-too.
It is a traditional African philosophy that offers us an understanding of ourselves in relation with the world. According to Ubuntu, there exists a common bond between us all and it is through this bond, through our interaction with our fellow human beings, that we discover our own human qualities. Or as the Zulus would say, "Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu", which means that a person is a person through other persons. You can find examples of what is called ubuntu thru out Africa, not just among the Zulu. We affirm our humanity when we acknowledge that of others.
This saying itself has been paraphrased in many ways. A few are:
* "A person is a person because of other persons."
* "I am what I am because of what we all are."
* "The belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity."
The South African Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu describes Ubuntu as:
"It is the essence of being human. It speaks of the fact that my humanity is caught up and is inextricably bound up in yours. I am human because I belong. It speaks about wholeness, it speaks about compassion. A person with Ubuntu is welcoming, hospitable, warm and generous, willing to share. Such people are open and available to others, willing to be vulnerable, affirming of others, do not feel threatened that others are able and good, for they have a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that they belong in a greater whole. They know that they are diminished when others are humiliated, diminished when others are oppressed, diminished when others are treated as if they were less than who they are. The quality of Ubuntu gives people resilience, enabling them to survive and emerge still human despite all efforts to dehumanize them."
Tibetan Buddhist, pescetarian, social liberal, retired, artist/craftsperson, part-time e-seller, cynical idealist and eclectic tastes with many varied interests pretty much encapsulates the persona of my ego.
Too many to list.
Outside of news maybe once every couple of months I don't watch TV.
Jazz, blues, classical, rock, R&B, folk, indie and almost everything else. Below are just a few of my favorite artists:
Acoustic Alchemy, Ahmad Jamal, Al Di Meola, The Alan Parsons Project, Amy Winehouse, Ana Vidovic, Andres Segovia, Anita Baker, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Arturo Sandoval, Astrud Gilberto, B.B. King, The Beatles, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Bianca Ryan, Bic Runga, Bill Frisell, Billie Holiday, Billy Bang, Blossom Dearie, Blues Traveler, Bucky Pizzarelli, Candy Dulfer, Carlos Santana, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, Charlotte Martin, Chatham Baroque, Chick Corea, Chloë Leighton, Chuck Mangione, Cream, Dave Grusin, Dave Van Ronk, David Benoit, David Sanborn, Django Reinhardt, Diana Krall, Diane Schuur, Didier Lockwood, The Ditty Bops, The Doors, Earl Klugh, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Eden Atwood, Eliane Elias, Emma Shapplin, Eric Clapton, Eroica Trio, Erykah Badu, Eva Cassidy, Evelyn Glennie, Fleetwood Mac, Fourplay, Francoise Hardy, Frank Zappa, John Lennon, George Benson, George Harrison, George Winston, Grace Kelly, Grand Funk Railroad, The Guess Who, Hiromi Uehara, Hoagy Carmichael, Howlin' Wolf, Imogen Heap, Jaco Pastorius, Jacqueline du Pre, Jane Monheit, Janis Ian, Janis Joplin, Jethro Tul, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Joe Satriani, John Scofield, Joe Pass, Joe Venuti, John Coltrane, John Lee Hooker, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, John Williams, Joshua Bell, Joss Stone, Julian Bream, Julie London, K.T. Tunstall, Kaori Kobayashi, Keb' Mo', Kevin Eubanks, Koerner Ray & Glover, Koko Taylor, Laura Fygi, Lee Ritenour, Lenka, Leo Kottke, Leon Redbone, Leonard Cohen, Les Paul, Lightnin' Hopkins, Lisa Germano, Liz Story, Lucia Micarelli, Madeleine Peyroux, Marian McPartland, Mark Summer, Melo-M, Melody Gardot, Michael Brecker, Michel Petrucciani, Midori, Mindi Abair, Morcheeba, Muddy Waters, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Nat King Cole, Nina Kotova, Nina Simone, Nnenna Freelon, Norah Jones, Odetta, Ornette Coleman, Pablo Casals, Paco de Lucia, Pamela Williams, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny, Paul O'Dette, Petra Haden, Pink Floyd, Quincy Jones, Quinn Sullivan, Rachel Caswell, Rachelle Ferrell, Ray Charles, Regina Carter, The Rippingtons, Robert Cray, Roberta Flack, The Rolling Stones, Sade, Sara Caswell, Serkan Karaman, Sharon Isbin, Sheena Easton, Shemekia Copeland, Simon & Garfunkel, Skye, Sonny Rollins, Sophie B. Hawkins, Spyro Gyra, Stephane Grapelli, Steve Vai, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Sun Ra, Susan Tedeschi, Susannah McCorkle, Svend Asmussen, Terence Blanchard, Thelonious Monk, Three Dog Night, Tina Dico, Tori Amos, Tuck Andress, Vanessa-Mae, Vicente Amigo, Wendy Sutter, Woody Herman, Yank Rachell, Yo-Yo Ma, Yngwie Malmsteen, Yusef Lateef, Zbigniew Preisner
Way too many to list.
Anyone seeking spiritual growth who realizes the interconnectedness of all sentient beings.
"Why should there be hunger and deprivation in any land, in any city, at any table, when man has the resources and the scientific know-how to provide all mankind with the basic necessities of life?" ~Martin Luther King, Jr.