Ubuntu – what can we learn from this?

An anthropologist proposed a game to the children of an African tribe. He put a basket of fruit near a tree and told the children that the first child to reach the basket could have all the fruit.

When he gave the signal to start all the children held hands and ran together. They then sat down together to enjoy the prize.


When the anthropologist asked one child why he had not run hard to win the fruit for himself he replied “Ubuntu” – how can one of us be happy if everyone else is sad?

UBUNTU in Xhosa culture means: “I am because we are”.

Ubuntu can be translated in many ways:
“Humanity to others”
“A person becomes human through other people”
“All for one one for all”
“I am what I am because of who we all are”
“The belief is a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.”
“A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, based from a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Author: John Wolfendale
Bio: John is a founder of Eco Vida and is passionate about bringing modern design and construction practices to Spain. He believes a home which is warm in winter and cool in summer is largely a matter of design and selective use of materials. He is British and a Chartered Surveyor with 18 years experience living and working in Spain.

John Wolfendale Chartered Surveyor In Granada
John Wolfendale Chartered Surveyor In Granada