Monday, May 18, 2015
Creating a World of Relationalists
At Ubuntu Learning Village, we have practically embraced the idea that we become powerful by creating power using our own creativity and the resources around us. By powerful we do not mean having the resources or capacity to oppress others, but the exact opposite. Powerfulness does not have to come at the cost of the powerlessness of others. In fact that is not being powerful, that is being oppressive. We can all be powerful simultaneously and be content with our own power.What we mean is that we are becoming a resource space and team to support the creation for conditions for people to explore their freedom and hopefully create more spaces of freedom.
In our Ubuntu , Beings are everything that exist, the visible and the invisible. And Relations means the reality that we in our being in this place and time together we affect each other.Beings in Relation
The manner in which we have envisaged creating this powerfulness is by means of the idea of Beings in Relation.
According to one post on Wikipedia.ca, Being is an extremely broad concept encompassing objective and subjective features of reality and existence. Anything that partakes in being is also called a “being”, though often this use is limited to entities that have subjectivity (as in the expression “human being”) and
Relation according to dictionary.com means an existing connection; a significant association between or among things
Beings in Relation therefore is a practical disposition towards honoring our current reality, which is that we are always in relation with all Beings around us. Whereas sometimes these relationships are closely felt, sometimes they are not. However, this distance does not mean relational significance decreases. We respect the trees, the earth, the grass, the animals and each other. Our hope is to project this into the world and create a world of relationalists, in which people honor our relatedness. It is our belief that when we recognize and live by the virtues that honor our mutual connectedness we have the greatest chances of eradicating negative forms of power.
By Moyo Rainos Mutamba