UBUNTU: Power of Collectivity or Principle of Success?

I recently came across this great story of a farmer who grew superior quality and award-winning CORN. Each year he entered his CORN in the best Farmer fair where it won honor and prizes.

Once a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learnt something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.

The reporter asked, “How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering in the corn competition with yours each year?”

“Why sir, “said the farmer, “didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior, sub-standard and poor quality corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my
corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors also to grow good corn.”

So it is with our lives. Those who want to live meaningfully and well must enrich the lives of others, for the value of a life is measured by the life it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all. Call it power of collectivity. Call it a principle of success. Call it a law of life. The fact is, none of us truly wins, until we all win!!

And as my good friend Chris Ayangafac will say, “bro, Africa is endowed with the spirit of UBUNTU:I am what I am because of who we all are.”

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