I am about to leave for Cape Town. Am I nervous? No. Am I afraid? No. However, I have been building up internal (positive) tension which provides me with energy. What do I need the energy for?
I’m going to support “Camphill Village West Coast” (Camphill) 40 km north of Cape Town for a couple of weeks. During our pre-preparation Skype calls they have encountered me with ‘tons of trust’. Am I able to deliver? Am I sensitive enough in this environment? These questions have the foundation in our western world where the individual perspective is predominant.
The concept or philosophy “Ubuntu” looks from a different perspective.
“Ubuntu is a philosophy that considers the success of the group above that of the individual.” (Stephen Lundin)
It is a traditional African philosophy that offers us an understanding of ourselves in relation with the world. According to Ubuntu, there exists a common bond between us all and it is through this bond, through our interaction with our fellow human beings, that we discover our own human qualities.
Or as the Zulus would say, “Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu”, which means that a person is a person through other persons.
Intellectually that makes sense for me. But analytics alone cannot explain the roots of this concept. There is a more to it. It touches all our senses and feelings. That is exactly what I need now.
My curiosity has been aroused and my positive internal tension is growing. I am ready!!!