seeing ourselves

in tsitsi dangarembga's, the book of not, the philosophy of ubuntu--"i am because we are"--informs the main character's struggle to locate self, within the context of community. although ubuntu is an ideology of personhood with which many of us were raised, its place in our present world, is worth considering.

i'm drawn to desmond tutu's understanding that: "[a] person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed."

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