Humanity is being bound up together


Ubantu: I am because you are The richness of other social traditions often shows up the superficial paucity of ours. And in the current climate, it is essential to remind ourselves that we are not separate entities. As the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu said: “My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only … Read more

We don’t exist on our own


Ubunto is a Ngumi Bantu term for humanity. The whole phrase in Zulu is umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu, meaning ‘a person is a person through other people’. Another way of saying it might be ‘I am because we are’ or ‘we don’t exist on our own.’ Just think about it – what are the chances of … Read more

Look around – we are not alone


Nothing about our life is solitary. Yes, there are times when we’re particularly conscious of our alone-ness. And occasions when separation is all too evident. But in essence, life is not singular. It can’t be – that’s a physical and biological impossibility. We are surrounded by the presence of others, even if we can’t see … Read more

Roads last…

If you think about it, roads are usually the only things that last the ravages of time. Beautiful buildings decay or are replaced. Landscaping reverts to its original state if left untended. Civilisations come and go. But roads last. Here’s the thing about roads, they only ever exist to connect. No one ever builds a … Read more