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”
(Tutu, 2006).
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.