What is Ubuntu? Most of us Westerners have no idea – literally. We don’t live in a Ubuntu way, and that might explain why we don’t have a word for it. And yet, Ubuntu is the only viable way for humanity to survive and finally to thrive.
Ubuntu, like Integral, is a metatheory, it is a fundamental guideline on how to live our lives by letting everyone find their own way within this framework. It is not so much a theory which gives you a map to interpret what you perceive – as integral does. It is a behavioral guideline based un the basic human values. It is not “cogito, ergo sum” (I think, thus I exist), but it says: “I am, because you are, and vice versa”. It sees the heart as the center of human Being and Doing, with the head as a valuable servant.
Imagine what the world would look like if all humans would live Ubuntu? Not only co-existence would be important, but mutual support in becoming fully me and you. What an idea in our societies which are driven by super individualism and zero-sum-gaames where my victory is your loss. This game and many others wouldn’t be played, which are still ongoing and have brought the world to the present moment of degradation and collapse.
My guest in this conversation, Dr. Dumi, was one of the main contributors at the first African Integral Conference in 2019 in Johannesburg. He is integrating integral Theory in his work of leadership development facilitation. He is grounded in Ubuntu culture and sees the need of it being spread all over the world.