Friday, December 30, 2011

Muse: Christmas Reflection and Ubuntu

Luke 2:10-11 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

You might ask what Christmas and the South African Philosophy of Unbuntu have in common.  I say everything. 

I first heard about of Unbuntu from my friend, Mike, after he returned from a trip from South Africa.  He reflected on what he learned on his visit.  Bishop Desmond Tutu's philosophy of “Ubuntu” - I am Because We Are had the greatest impact.  Tutu believed that we as humans are made for goodness, and life is enhanced by helping to enhance others' lives.  Tutu goes on to say we as humans can't live in isolation.  It is our interconnectedness that makes us human.

To me this is what Christmas is about.  I am because of my interconnectedness with family and friends.  My life is enhanced when I hance the lives around me.  Christmas to me is a celebration of this.  I shared most of the day with the people I love most my, mother and children.  Our time together was simple, Church, breakfast, conversation, silly games, and thoughtful gifts.  It was being together, taking the time to care and share that made the day special. 

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