Finding healing in Ubuntu

2017-06-20 06:00
Mike Boon talks to residents of Hout Bay and those interested in Ubuntu.

Mike Boon talks to residents of Hout Bay and those interested in Ubuntu.

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Hout Bay residents had an opportunity to learn more about Ubuntu and how they can live peacefully with each other.

Ubuntu, a Nguni word widely used in the county has different meaning from humanity and compassion amongst others.

Hout Bay Partnership in collaboration with Nucleus Integrated Financial Development Services welcomed Mike Boon to Hout Bay to the community about Ubuntu and how to solve conflicts from the other person’s view. Boon is well versed on the subject of Ubuntu and has many years of experience in connecting people and entire communities through the philosophy.

Boon has hosted religious leaders and statesmen from all around the world and helped facilitate talks that have shaped the futures of communities and countries, including South Africa. “It was an interesting evening as we learnt a lot from him. He taught us to speak about creating a sense of community with those around us through detaching ourselves from generational conditioning and creating connections, regardless of demographics. We said should be speaking of ‘us’ rather than ‘I’. More emphasise was put on paying attention to body language and what we do rather than what we say. Most importantly he spoke of creating connections through the simple act of learning to speak a new South African language by learning a few new words a year which will make communities better and live peacefully,” says Ashley Newell, project coordinator for Hout Bay Partnership.

NGOs, residents, business owners, community leaders, youth came to the event.

“Boon introduced the audience to concepts such as approaching relationships or conflict from the perspective of the other party. Being able to understand what their interpretation of the situation is and communicating from that viewpoint instead of one’s own, can change the entire direction of a conflict and result in real resolutions being made, that really last,” she says.

“He made examples of us in South Africa being able to describe the traditional attire of a Scottsman from head to toe when asked, yet when shown images of different tribes or cultures in South Africa we could not describe or distinguish between them. We were shown how little we actually know about one another, not to make us feel bad about ourselves, but for us to become aware of what we were paying more attention to and what we were taking for granted so that we can,” says Newell.

Those who attended also shared the spirit of Ubuntu with warm oven-baked bread, home-made snoek pate’, hot-off-the-braai chicken kebabs,locally sourced wines and beverages.

The talk ended with the audience in a state of introspection and thinking on how they can improve their communities and live in the spirit of Ubuntu

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