Moral Mixdown – Ubuntu

Desmond Tutu, the South African cleric and social activist, died on Boxing Day 2021 aged 90. He was a giant of the struggle against apartheid and was often described as South Africa’s moral conscience. Through his life and work, he highlighted the African philosophy known as Ubuntu, maybe best understood through the Bantu proverb which translates as “a person is a person through other people”.  To be a person, one must continually uphold the personhood of others. (“Be a person!” is a reprimand which parents might use with their children.)

Where we have seen Ubuntu, or something like Ubuntu, in action? Can this be what we try to do in 2022 … to be a person? Listen to the smallVOICE team have a go at unpacking and understanding Ubuntu at 32’15 minutes in to our January podcast.


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