There is a word in the African culture called Ubuntu. Literally translated into “human-ness”, it has come to mean “I am, because of you.” According to Boyd Varty, an environmental and literacy activist, it means people are not people without people. In other words, you affirm your humanity by recognizing the humanity of others.
In a more collective society, we realize from the inside that our own well-being is deeply tied to the well-being of others. Danger is shared; pain is shared; joy is shared; achievement is shared; houses are shared; food is shared. Ubuntu asks us to open our hearts and to share.
Growing up on a game reserve in South Africa gave Boyd a unique chance to observe the precarious balance between man and nature. It also gave him an opportunity to meet President Nelson Mandela when he was just nine years old.
THE LARGEST CLOUDS CHOIR
Back in Week 20, I introduced you to Zach Sobiech. Do you remember how he wrote and performed a song called “Clouds” before he passed away in May? On December 6, 2012 the radio station KS95 debuted Zach’s song during the KS95 for Kids Radiothon. One year later, 5,000 people gathered at the Mall of America in Minnesota to make the largest “Clouds” choir and remember Zach. (Warning: I was a soggy mess after watching this.)
I think this, and the work we do for Knit-a-square, are perfect examples of Ubuntu.
THE SQUARES – WEEK 49
My crochet hook was flying this week! I’ve entered “I think I can” mode so I can finish eleven blankets.
The bonus squares…
Square Count: 343
Bonus Squares: 11