The subject of “Ubuntu” (pronounced “oo-boon-to”) has been gaining more interest here in North America recently. It is a word that is close to my heart, because it connects so well with the concepts described on the LovePeace website.
A brief definition of the philosophy could be: “A person is a person through other people.” It means that my future is inextricably bound up in yours, and that what hurts you will ultimately hurt me; what feeds you, feeds me. It is all about compassion and the interdependence we all share.
And doesn’t this tie in perfectly with Love, Peace, Freedom, Harmony and Happiness? If we care for others (particularly the less fortunate) as well as ourselves we are all enriched. Although this moves a little away from the original hippie ideals, it is all connected – perhaps a slightly more mature look at those ideals.
If you are interested in reading a bit more about ubuntu, have a look at Happiness and Ubuntu and Wikipedia. Nobel Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu also talks about it in his book “God Has A Dream” – an excellent read regardless of your religious or spiritual beliefs.