Obuntubotho pronounced uu-buun-too. The essence of being human. “You know when it is threatened, when it is there and when it is absent. It speaks about humanness, gentleness, putting yourself out on behalf of others, being vulnerable. It embraces compassion and toughness. It recognizes that my humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” That is a quote from Bishop Desmond Tutu when he introduced Nelson Mandela at his inauguration to become president of South Africa.
I am what I am because of what we all are. There is a reason why we all need to hold ourselves to a higher standard. Because as much as we think that we can raise our families and remain safe ourselves in our own little world we are all affected by “what we all are”. We cannot live in this world as individuals, we depend upon each other. We are not separate but intertwined.
The whole of each of us is diminished by tolerating unjust. Something as small as bullying at school that remains unaddressed, sexual harassment, physical abuse of any form and a denial of basic human rights all draw away from our humanity as a whole when we turn our heads away and don’t speak out against the wrong.
There is an alarming trend in China, a loss of morality that is becoming more prevalent as the Chinese people move away from a “for the good of all” to a more self serving enhancement of their financial position, but in the process they are also losing their obuntubotho; humanity. Because they are aware, there is now a “stop apathy” movement that has enlisted 4.5 million Chinese and it is growing every day.
October 24 was Make A Difference day http://makeadifferenceday.com/ in the United States and 3 million people participated to help 30 million people. That is a wonderful start but is only the beginning of what we need to return from where we are to who we each truly are, within our spirit. We each need to call to our obuntuboho each and every day. I know together we can change the world but we can’t do it alone.
I will soon have a website where I will list opportunities to help because as I speak to groups I hear again and again “I am never sure what to do or where to begin”. This will be your opportunity to look at a list and choose whatever calls to your heart. If you have children you can be an example for them and strengthen their obuntubotho!
As always my wish for each of you is a life filled with love, grace and gratitude and in sharing our abundance with all others.