Call me crazy, but I think we’re all part of the same race. We are all one. This is the essence of ubuntu. So, let’s follow it. I’m going to tell you one way how, so please stay tuned, but first let’s set the stage.
Humans have been programmed to categorize things. At the very low level, we divide our world into “safe” and “unsafe” (false binary?). So, how do we determine how to label something… or someone? We look for differences and how familiar is the subject in relation to ourselves. Again, some of this is instinct and understandably automatic. This is important from a survival standpoint. One the other hand, is it possible that this reaction could poison our ability to progress and actually be detrimental to our survival?
Out of practicality, we have divided our planet into regions, continents, countries, etc. The problem with this is that we must now categorize into “safe” and “unsafe”. Every difference creates path dependency toward one of these categories. Maybe we should stop inventing differences. Could our “biological programming” be leaking into our socially constructed views of the world? Perhaps that’s where nationalism comes from.
So, what if we had the chance to redo the planet? Would we want to change anything? At this stage, it’s quite difficult to rethink borders since we have found good reasons to kill each other (if for nothing other than the fact that we belong to a different groups). However, maybe we can change the way that we deal with less concrete things or new things.
“What if we just took the flags out of the Olympics?” — Chuck (Ubuntu Audiocast)
Well, Chuck, what if we took the flags out of Ubuntu? Crazy talk! We need to organize the community based on geographical location for practical reasons. Yes, but we also need to make sure that we are not creating division by doing so. We all are one. We are all part of Ubuntu. So, when the Ubuntu Community was conceived, I believe that it was to express this oneness wherever we happen to be at the time. In other words, when we are in Vancouver, then we are Ubuntu in Vancouver. This is not a different Ubuntu from the one in any other part of the world… or universe for that matter. Maybe the community thing has fallen and become denominational and overly political. With too much focus on the governing the community, it is easy to lose focus of the oneness of Ubuntu. And, the “unsafe” categorization might kick in and make things really annoying.
In order to follow the true essence of ubuntu, we need to step back out of our constructs for a moment and give ourselves some fresh air. If in the future we were to go to Mars, for example, would we go there as one human race, or as different “tribes”?
Well, the future is now! I present to you the Ubuntu Mars Team where we don’t have to be bound by the current institutions of Earth, and where we can all be one in Ubuntu.