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Mandela, Martin, and Ubuntu
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

What better way to honor Nelson Mandela on his 95th birthday today than to reflect on his concept of Ubuntu? Ubuntu, a word from the Bantu languages of southern Africa — roughly translated “I am because we are ...

Speculation About Mandela’s Fate Seen as Cultural Taboo
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

Will native son and national hero Nelson Mandela survive his latest bout with illness? That is the single question dominating headlines, speeches, twitter, and conversation throughout South Africa. ...

Ethiopian Orthodoxy, Tawahedo, and 'Being Made One'
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 9:36pm | Type: Blog

LAKE TANA, Ethiopia — We finally returned to the boats, where the rest of our group was waiting patiently, and on our journey back to Bahir Dar, I began thinking about pilgrimage and how, perhaps, what you bel ...

Happy Mandela Day: Madiba, Ubuntu and Vertigo
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Ubuntu. It was the secret of how Mandela reconciled his people to the violent criminals of their cruel white oppressors in post-apartheid South Africa. Co-existence was vital, not only to the peace of the nati ...

Ubuntu and the Hopelessness of Individualism
Originally Posted: 04/25/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

In an epiphany of sorts we realize our vast need for others and the hopelessness of our individualism. We are social creatures, and like an ant or a bee we are lost without the community. ...

The Impossibility of Being Known
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

I wonder if masks and self-delusion are inevitable aspects of the self. When someone says "We must come to know our authentic selves" (a popular line among some present day religionists), I want to s ...