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The indigenious meaning of the word ubu-ntu is "be-ing becoming"
There is no exclusive definion of Ubuntu as a moral concept within African philosophy
The essence of ubu-ntu speaks of interconnectedness: „I need other persons to become a person. My humanity is bound up in yours. I am because we are.“
People with Ubuntu are warm, generous, open and available to others, affirming others and willing to be vulnerable
The concept of Ubuntu was introduced to me in 2011 by Prof. Peggy Gabo Ntseane/University of Botswana at ESREA Conference "Bildung meets Transformative Learning", University of
Volonteering in the asyl procedures of African refugees from 2014 on helped me
to step further into the philosophy and practise of Ubuntu
From 2014-2019 Tübingen FOUR FREE, a Community Wellness Focusing project without fees, had been running at FOCUSZ. We crossed Awareness Focusing with the Arts, the philosophy of Ubuntu and the theology of Desmond Tutu
"Ubuntu: Applied Environmental Ethics and Community Wellness" - Lecture with Freda Blob. Series "Endangered Orders", Tübingen VHS, April 9th 2019, based on the presentation of Prof. W. Kelbessa, IZEW 2018
The philosophy and practice of the pan-African concept "ubuntu" goes beyond the anthrocentric world view.
The human being is not in the center, and resources from environment and nature should not serve human development. Rather human, animal, plant and mineral world are an inseparable unity.
The value system of this ethics encompasses the entire global living space. In concrete terms, this means that human laws must not violate the rights of living beings in other living environments.
How can this ethics be implemented on a practical level? The lecture takes up the linguistic roots of the terms "ubu" (to be in motion: "be-ing") and "ntu" (undivided and invisible unity) and shows how the natural order of the human body follows the life-promoting order of Ubuntu, if only we allow this to happen
Deepening my academic studies on Ubuntu I found that current debates on African philosophy underline the importance of animals, plants and the mineral environment as central ingredients of the ethics of Ubuntu
The contemporary idea of Ubuntu goes beyond the anthroprocentic view towards environmental holism
Where Ubuntu has so far been regarded as a concept of interpersonal humaness, the more recently understanding of Ubuntu is about the co-existence of man with nature
"There is a need for concern instead of curiosity and plunder. Not to use ressources for ressources but only for what is needed. The first democratic policy is not to harm the ethical principle of intergenerational ethics."
A selfish person is regared as someone who has no Ubuntu, because his or her selfish deeds are most likely to compromise the wellbeing of those who will exist in the future
Professor Workineh Kelbessa is key speaker at the World Biodiversity Forum 2020 in Davos/Schwitzerland
I thank Professor Kelbessa for his continuous support
of my studies
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