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The Ubuntu Experience (Nelson Mandela Interview)
In the old days when we were young, a traveler through a country would stop at a village and he didn't have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops the people gave him food and entertaining. That is one aspect of Ubuntu but it has various aspects.
Respect, helpfulness, sharing, community, caring, trust, unselfishness - one word can mean so much, that is the spirit of Ubuntu.
Ubuntu does not mean that people should not increase themselves the question therefore is are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you and to enable to improve. These are the important things in life and if one can do that then that is something very important that would be appreciated.
Daisaku Ikeda (2004) A Piece of Mirror and Other Essays. Kuala Lumpar; Soka Gakkai Malaysia.
'Everyone has some kind of gift. Being talented does not mean just being a good musician, writer or athlete. There are many kinds of talent. You may be a great conversationalist, or make friends easily, or be able to put others at ease. Or you may have a gift for telling jokes, selling things or living economically. You may be punctual, patient, reliable, kind or optimistic. Or you may love taking on new challenges, be strongly committed to helping others, or have an ability to bring them joy. Without doubt, you possess your special jewel, your own unique talent.
In the same way, each of us has a mission that only we can fulfill. That mission will not be found somewhere far away, in doing something special or extraordinary. Even those people who seem to have led great lives have really only done what they felt they had to do in order to truly be themselves.
We realize our purpose in life by doing our very best where we are right at this moment, by thinking about what we can do to improve the lives of those right around us.'( p. 4).