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 An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: ”UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?’ ‘UBUNTU’ in the Xhosa culture means: “I am because we are”.

Wow.  Just who is the “developed” or “civilized” people?  We have so much to learn from other cultures and from children.  When was the last time we stopped to listen?  Stopped our own “gathering” to see if our neighbor was in need.  There is so much suffering in this world and even in our own country.  Have we fallen into the mindset, “I’m just one person what can I do to make a difference when the problems are so vast?”  Do we close our ears and your eyes to hunger, famine, human trafficking, child slavery, murder, drugs, disease, abuse, war, disasters, poverty, etc. rather than ask ourselves what God has called us to do?  How can we be at peace with God if we only are concerned with our own “happiness” and American success while His children suffer?  Look back at the times where you’ve been most at peace and happy, usually it is when we are able to bring a smile to someone else, lessen a burden, or right an injustice.  No, we can’t solve all the world’s problems.  But does that mean we stop trying and do nothing?  No! UBUNTU!

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