UBUNTU: I am because we are

osani circle game

 

osani circle game

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UBUNTU: I am because we are

An anthropologist proposed a game to children in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the children that whoever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run, they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats.

When he asked them why they had run like that when one could have had all the fruits for himself, they said, ‘UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?’ (‘UBUNTU’ in the Xhosa culture means: ‘I am because we are.)

Try it today and see how happy it makes you feel. Sharing has nothing to do with giving things up. It’s all about getting more from making the environment around you a better place to live. If we share we have more.

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