We can extend Ubuntu to other species.
Danny Williams commented on my recent blog post about Ubuntu that this philosophy is extendable to other species. Ubuntu – “I am because we are” – means I am happy if you are happy. Danny Williams encountered a spider web whilst picking berries, he avoided the spider web rather than destroy the spider’s work. How can Danny be happy if he made a spider unhappy by destroying its web?
Whilst camping I competed with other animals as I foraged for fruit and berries in the wild. Nature freely gives, and I have equal liberties as other animals to the natural food abundance. I also take advantage of discounts at food retail stores, where today I purchased strawberries at a tenth of their price. Whilst eating my strawberries a fly landed on a strawberry and began feeding, so I gave the fly the strawberry, Ubuntu, just as we share the forage so I share my strawberries with other living things.
A friend related to me today about a shed belonging to a neighbor which attracted hedgehogs that liked to live and hibernate there. Sadly the neighbor removed the shed depriving the hedgehogs of their home, and so they vanished from the local gardens. Through Ubuntu the neighbor could have worked in harmony with the hedgehogs so that they retained their home and the community retained the joy of visits from hedgehogs. Can we extend Ubuntu to other species too?