Reminds me the concept of ubuntu, often espoused by Archbishop Desmond Tutu:
[Ubuntu] 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 dehumanise them.
– Archbishop Desmond Tutu
“God Has A Dream” © 2004 Published by Doubleday
Do you wonder (worrying) if you’re instilling these thoughts into your children? Really getting the importance of this to stick with them and for them to act/live it out not just subconciously know it? I worry about it. I see signs of it in them but wonder if in their high school years it will all go to the wayside.
I’ll tell you where they, I struggle. Kindness to each other. Too often the kids are mean to each other. Preying on senstivities. They need to stop and I need to figure out a way to make that happen.
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