I Am Because We Are

Every culture is unique. Culture of a community, a tribe or a nation evolves based on the environment – physical, biological and others. Various practices and traditions of a culture have developed either to help the community overcome certain challenges or to simply make the life of members in the community more harmonious and happy.

This is one of the perspective why we need to follow and preserve our culture as also to respect others. More on this subject in an other post… for now I would like to share a story of an African Tribe that had attracted my attention in one of the chain e-mails. This I see as an essential learning for anyone to lead a harmonious social living.

ALL is One

“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?”

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  1. What a beautiful story you share. Leave it our young ones to teach us value of group happiness as opposed to personal gain of candy. I guess we adults make it a zero sum game of you lose so I win.

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