Ubuntu philosophy


Elephant statue with Ubuntu motif, Florianópolis, Brazil

Ubuntu (Zulu pronunciation: [ùɓúntʼù])[1] is a Nguni Bantu term meaning "humanity". It is sometimes translated as "I am because we are" (also "I am because you are"),[2] or "humanity towards others" (in Zulu, umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu). In Xhosa, the latter term is used, but is often meant in a more philosophical sense to mean "the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity".[3]

  1. ^ Tutu, Desmond (2013). "Who we are: Human uniqueness and the African spirit of Ubuntu". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-11-10. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  2. ^ "The question: What does ubuntu really mean?". TheGuardian.com. 28 September 2006.
  3. ^ "About the Name". Official Ubuntu Documentation. Canonical. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2017.

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