Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ubuntu : I Am Because We Are!

An anthropologist studying the habits and customs of an African tribe found himself surrounded by children most days. So he decided to play a little game with them. He managed to get candy from the nearest town and put it all in a decorated basket. at the foot of a tree.

Then he called the children and suggested they play the game. When the anthropologist said “now”, the children had to run to the tree and the first one to get there could have all the candy to him/herself.

So the children all lined up waiting for the signal. When the anthropologist said “now”, all of the children took each other by the hand ran together towards the tree. They all arrived at the same time divided up the candy, sat down and began to happily munch away.

The anthropologist went over to them and asked why they had all run together when any one of them could have had the candy all to themselves.

The children responded: “Ubuntu. How could any one of us be happy if all the others were sad?”

Ubuntu means: I am because we are!

(Courtesy : Karmegam & )


  1. The past three write-ups in this blog shows a departure from the previous ones when the writer used to write on art, literature, films. Now he seems to be getting interested in philosophy, art of living and all such stuff.


    But I would still prefer to read some more on art, literature, films.


  2. How beautifully such fine thought 'I am because we are' has been summed up through this small story. But such incidents are possible now only amongst tribes. The city dwellers would be better off if they do not run at all. Whatever the 'candy' may be. If they run, they also run the risk of being beaten up by fellow competitors or by the anthropologist Himself!