“A traveler through a country would stop at a village and he didn’t have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food, entertain him. That is one aspect of Ubuntu, but it will have various aspects. Ubuntu does not mean that people should not enrich themselves. The question therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve?” – Nelson Mandela
I mean, it’s true? Jason Mraz’s “We Dance, we sing, we steal things”, Issac Newton’s standing on shoulders of giants, humanity, you are who your parents are whom are who your grandparents are, etc – the list goes on. It is possible to be in an optimal state where we acknowledge how we came this far, appreciate the reasons, remove barriers that slows us down from being who we are and inspire the greater good for future generations.
What it is to positively be human.
(World Peace yay!)
By the stroke of luck, I was born to a man who decided in his late twenties to explore the beautiful continent where Pride Rock and the Cradle of Life was situated. Although his motives were not pure – as “profit maximization” taints the name of everything – I am blessed to be able to step on the continent at the age of 9. It was an age where a kid hungrily takes in everything with her senses, tabs a “maybe” on every explanation she reasoned, leaves open ends to be connected to future eurekas. My prequel upon my yellow brick road exploration was heavily exposed to people with variant backgrounds and lone adventures; in a way that I blame it to be the reason of my being a late bloomer but also positively sensitive to all race. But they all didn’t start until after I was introduced to this wonderful place.
So maybe I had scares now and there during my visits to Africa, always sheltered safely amongst the white people and my first perspective of the country is built upon fictional Disney movies. The diversity of the continent and the way its inhabitants work hard to cope on issues – poverty, war, exploitations, preserving their roots etc – is very inspiring to me. It’s humanity. How they have worked out a way to cope with life before anyone else did, from ancient tribe morals to the still ongoing fight for equal rights.
They are rich in culture, strong in beliefs, compassionate …and they love fried chicken with grape drink.
How are culture beliefs like these not likable?
It’s the state of bravely being true to positive beliefs while existing in this fast paced world.
And that’s why this blog will document revelations and my search in understanding/passing on the objective good with this belief.
postscript: information on the yellow brick road for the literature nerds, click here.