The South African Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu describes
Ubuntu this way:
“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”
We are not anti-white. We are against white supremacy.
Answers that work have compassion in them, and room for mystery, and acknowledge the fact that
as humans we are complex packages. From this perspective, every illness is an opportunity to explore
ourselves and the world around us. Hahnemann, the founder of Homeopathy, said, “illness is a gift,
unwrap it.” While it may be an uncomfortable gift, I’m with Hahnemann. We need to view it as an
opportunity not to judge ourselves for being flawed and weak, but as a challenge that can make us
grow and become more adaptable and creative as human beings.
1. Declare your independence from anyone who tries to tell you, either subliminally or directly, who you are or how you should live your life.
2. Declare your independence from your past, especially memories that oppress your sense of possibility and self-images that inhibit your urge to explore.
3. Declare your independence from peer pressure, groupthink, and conventional wisdom.
4. Declare your independence from beliefs and theories that hinder your ability to perceive the raw and unruly truth about new experiences.