The end of another month – a tale of Finchley and Zululand – and why this is relevant for our Community

April is coming to an end, this is the last day of a three day week, which reminded me of the three day weeks when I was a young man – so long ago!

Anticipating an invite to “The Wedding” on Friday – it might have got lost in the post – I finished my editorial a few days early, and Pam also hurried through getting the events up. If the postie can’t find these pesky invitations, we’ll have to watch it on television like everyone else!

Over two billion people around the world will be watching on Friday. That is a third of the world’s population. There is something very positive about this. That is, a third of the peoples on this planet now have electricity and television. I am not too sure if the latter is a good thing to celebrate, but the former certainly is. Let us hope, by the time “Wills” is crowned King, over half of the world will have electricity!

Come along to our editorial this Sunday, full details in 1 Editorial at the top of the page. We are a friendly bunch and you will be made to feel right at home.

I will end with an illustration of what Ubuntu means. Not the computer operating system, the African word which is the same in both the Xhosa and Kwa-Zulu languages. It is a difficult word to describe and it has taken Bishop Tutu 149 words to describe it below:

“Ubuntu is a concept that we have in our Bantu languages at home. Ubuntu is the essence of being a person. It means that we are people through other people. We can’t be fully human alone. We are made for interdependence, we are made for family. Indeed, my humanity is caught up in your humanity, and when your humanity is enhanced mine is enhanced as well. Likewise, when you are dehumanized, inexorably, I am dehumanized as well. As an individual, when you have Ubuntu, you embrace others. You are generous, compassionate. If the world had more Ubuntu, we would not have war. We would not have this huge gap between the rich and the poor. You are rich so that you can make up what is lacking for others. You are powerful so that you can help the weak, just as a mother or father helps their children.”

Andrew Ampers Taylor

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