The spirit of Ubuntu is alive at Mpeti Lodge – The Ubuntu philosophy is proudly South African and is a Nguni word that roughly translates to “Humanity”.
Ubuntu is humanity without borders, judgment or prejudice. Ubuntu supports the idea that we are all connected, and it is often said that you are not a person without another person. It is not just a philosophy, but a spirituality and an ethic of African traditional life. Ubuntu is adapted in the interest of building and maintaining a community with justice and mutual caring.
The spirit of Ubuntu: “I am because we are”
It is said that to the observer, Ubuntu can be seen and felt in the spirit of a willing participant – unquestioned cooperation, warmth, openness, and personal dignity.
In African cultures, it is important that the community relies on each other to ensure success. Together we are stronger. Ubuntu is the belief that you can not exist in isolation. As humans, we are interconnected, we are all bonded together and, at our core, we are equal.
As humans, we naturally feel negative emotions such as prejudice, jealousy, and anger. These emotions can be amplified by the negative events that have affected many people in the past.
We can hold resentment against others due to the colour of their skin or their beliefs. Ubuntu means dealing with these feelings and not placing our negative emotions on others. Process those emotions, accept them and forgive yourself for feeling this way. Ubuntu is showing forgiveness. We should not let our history affect the way we treat new people in our life.
Although Ubuntu is a relatively new concept, it is derived from age-old traditions in Africa and is commonly demonstrated by indigenous African people. The African culture is one of community and that lives on today.
The value of Ubuntu
Ubuntu is a philosophy that you would need to adapt to your life completely. You must believe in your core, that each and every person is equal and deserves your respect. No person’s individual needs and desires are more important than others.
It is said that if Ubuntu is not the core of human values, the world will be filled with selfishness, greed, and envy. So, it is imperative that we live a life of mutual respect and understanding.
By adapting your lifestyle to the Ubuntu way, you are allowing yourself to be connected to those around you. Through the good times, you can celebrate and through the tough times, you can depend on each other.
Ubuntu practices compassion and respect toward others. To truly live your life the Ubuntu way, you must show the traits of humanity, gentleness, hospitality, and generosity.
There is some debate as to how Ubuntu should be codified, however, the general understanding of Ubuntu is compassion and humanity.
Ubuntu at Mpeti Lodge, KZN
Should you decide to visit Mpeti Lodge you will find that we follow the Ubuntu way of life. We clearly display humanness towards our guests as well as the beautiful wildlife surrounding our lodge.
We believe that each and every life matters and should be protected. Mpeti Lodge is a sanctuary for the mind and body. We ensure that at our lodge, we are Ubuntu.
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