According to Patel, Ubuntu manifests itself in your daily interactions. For example, “if you have a meeting in South Africa, you should allow about half an hour, depending on how many people there are, to just go around and shake hands with everyone,” he says. . “It is considered unthinkable that you spend time in the same room with someone without getting to know them and not seriously asking them how their family is doing and if they are okay.” The reasoning, he continues, is simple: “If you don’t take care of the people in the room, they’re unlikely to take care of you.
In our American society it is common to throw a How are you? and just move forward with your day – so rather than asking the question as a formality, an ice-breaking filler sentence, Patel invites you to think deeper. “In South Africa this is a very serious political, ecological, nutritional and health question, because a lot depends on the honest and long answer to this question,” he says.
Marya also wants us to take a critical look at our definition of community: “Who do we attribute to inside the community and outside community? ”she asks. It’s time to broaden the scope – so, explains Marya, we’ll be ready to encourage healing for as many people as possible, in a way do not leave aside those who are systematically excluded today: “This philosophy of reciprocity serves us really well in these times,” she adds.