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Quote of the Day: “Ubuntu does not mean that people should not enrich themselves. The question therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve?”

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Ubuntu does not mean that people should not enrich themselves. The question therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve?

This is part of Nelson Mandela’s explanation of the concept of ubuntu.

Ubuntu is a South African philosophy that I truly respect, and is the core of the value structure that Nelson Mandela held.  It is also the philosophy that inspired the Linux-based operating system that shares its same name.

While there are many interpretations of ubuntu, I believe it is the innate connection that we share with our human family, and that we should share what we can with all of human kind.

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December 9th, 2013 at 11:59 am

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  1. […] This line come from the musical Umoja: The Spirit of Togetherness, which an interesting journey through South African music.  I share it today as the first day of Kwanzaa, (and the first day in my series of quotes that I am relating back to Kwanzaa), in which the principle is that of umoja (Swahili for “unity”).  I also see this first principle being congruent with that of ubuntu, which I have shared about previously. […]

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