Satisfaction in life never comes from extreme abundance or deficiencies. Too much and too little water are both harmful to us. Along with presence of resources, an appropriate flow throughout our biological system is also vital. The resources on which our biological systems depend for nourishment and sustainability must flow to the areas of need throughout the body. Each cell, each organ and each of us must perform a role based on the premise of contributing nourishing value in the context of community to be satisfied while being open to receive nourishing value from that same community. We depend on each other for satisfaction. The community needs us, and we need the community. This contribution of nourishing value in the context of the needs of the larger community is the starting place for cultivating satisfaction. We must have a stake in each other’s success. If the values that motivate our actions at all relationship scales – from cellular, to the relationships between organs in our body, to family, friends, and larger community are aligned around this interdependent nourishing community principle of life, we then cultivate the environment for our greatest potential for satisfaction. This same principle of community also extends outward from us as a species human and its role as an organ in the larger body of life.
The value system expressed through our biology tells us where relational and social poverty comes from. It also tells us how we can address these same issues, by investing in community. The reason individuals who sacrifice others on the altar of their own greed are never satisfied is because it violates the essence of who we are as stated by our basic biology as social biological creatures. Ubuntu is word that comes from the Nguni languages of Africa. There is a story, perhaps a legend, that encapsulates the essence of what the word means. It is as follows: An anthropologist proposed a game to children of an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruits under a tree and he told children that the one who reaches it first will win the sweet fruits. When he told them to run, they all took each other by the hand and ran together, then sat down together to share their sweets. When he asked them why they had ran like that, while one of them could have all the fruits to himself, they said: Ubuntu! Ubuntu in essence means: “I am because we are.” And ubuntu is the real key to satisfaction in life.
- Ubuntu (siars.org)
- Defining ubuntu (slideshare.net)
- Mandela’s Legacy: Teaching Ubuntu (teacherwise.wordpress.com)
- Ubuntu Summary (neorefiloe.wordpress.com)
- UBUNTU – What does it mean to you? (qieanism.wordpress.com)