Ubuntu….is an ancient African word that means “humanity to others”.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1999) defines UBUNTU as:
“ A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed. ”
Nelson Mandela explained Ubuntu as follows.
“ A traveller through our country would stop at a village, and he didn’t have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food, entertain him. That is one aspect of Ubuntu but Ubuntu has various aspects. Ubuntu does not mean that people should not enrich themselves.
The question therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to improve? ”
The last sentence in above is the most important question everybody should be asking themselves. We spend too much time asking others question, answering others’ questions but tend to forget the fact that we need to ask some questions to ourselves first.
P.S.: Ubuntu is also an operating system distribution for Linux.