Ubuntu !

I sign my stuff ubuntu alot, the funny thing is cause I’m a bit of a techno geek it gets mistaken that I’m a fanboy of the LINUX UBUNTU operating system distribution, I’m not against LINUX or UBUNTU, but when I sign stuff off as ubuntu it’s more about the philosophical meaning behind the term, simply and quickly illustrated by the following :-

“An anthropologist proposed a game to African tribe kids. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told them 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 as 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”

Coincidentally as I write this, information about a new film about Nelson Mandela “Long walk to freedom” , who epitomises UBUNTU has just been released :-

http://t.co/VWpDCRS3cA  – if it doesn’t win an OSCAR I will be amazed !

If you want to know more, WIKIPEDIA isn’t a bad reference :-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_(philosophy)

I also feel passionately about PAY IT FORWARD, but WIKIPEDIA have this all wrong as the philosophical concept was around ages before the film – c’est la vie !

Namaste !

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