With its origin in the Nguni language of the Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele people, the word Ubuntu can be loosely translated to mean “Humanity”, but the true power and meaning of the philosophy can be found in the summary of the phrase “Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu”, which can be translated to mean “A person is a person through other persons.” or “I am because we are.”
The basic principal of Ubuntu is that a the success of a person is measured by the success of his community and the people around him, meaning that if your community is healthy and prospering than the individual is also healthy and prospering.
Although the concept is a wonderful ideal and could have been more easily achieved in the past, the current social-economic environment poses many challenges to the cultures who find their identities in Ubuntu.
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The interconnectedness of all things is at the heart of the philosophy, the concept that all living things are connected and that the wellbeing and stability of the collective depends on the how the individual functions within the community, and how the community functions around the individual (Washington, 2010). A powerful idea in theory and an amazing ideal, if it could be put into practice in its entirety, it could have the ability to change the current socio-political landscape of the entire continent, if not globally.
Aside from the being a value system practised within African culture it can also be described as the essence of being human. A person who is generous, caring, hospitable, respectful and compassionate is said to have Ubuntu (Murithi, 2006). Ubuntu in a person is measured by their relationship with and their actions towards others in society.
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Suzuki’s article focuses on how we have forgotten about connecting with the world around us. In the beginning Suzuki starts talking about the future, in which he said, “all that exists is the present and our memories of what is past, but by crating he notion of a future...” (Suzuki, 62). Our actions of today will shape how our future will be. Which he later talks about how we are one. Suzuki stated, “In such a world of interconnectedness, every action has consequences, and since we were part of that world, we had a responsibility…keep the world in order” (Suzuki, 62). He
Humans in society are like musicians in an orchestra. Solo, their parts sound odd and out of place, lacking the harmonies mindfully composed for the rest of the orchestra. Humans are interdependent, social creatures by nature. We rely on each other to survive. We rely on each other to do jobs that might require a certain skill set or jobs that we might not have time to do ourselves. We even rely on each other to bring a sense of familiarity and security to our communities just by knowing one another. If we all remained anonymous, then we could not rely on each other to satisfy these vital societal needs. Scott Russell Sanders, in his essay “The Common Life”, states that the more people in a community who prefer to live isolated and reclusive lives, the more susceptible the community is to a division that impedes its ability to live together, interact synergistically, and thrive. He correctly believes that this division can lead to a total “breakdown” in society.
In `An inspector calls` by J.B Priestley, the writers aim is reflected into this quote, "We don't live alone. We are all members of one body. We are responsible for each other." Meaning that we are not isolated, we all live in one community and we are all collectively responsible for each other, our actions affects the people around us. We can be independent in the society we live in, but only to a certain extent.
Imagine a double headed arrow. The arrow at the bottom, pointed down, is the individual. This individual is connected to something bigger, the upward arrow. This upward arrow explains the social system or “larger than us”. Johnson (1999) explains “We are always participating in something larger than ourselves…to understand social life and what happens to people in it, we have to understand what it is that we’re participating in and how we participate in it.” (39). To picture this, Johnson (1999) uses the analogy of a forest stating, “…a forest is simply a collection of individual trees… a collection of trees that exist in a particular relation to one another,” (39). He goes on to say that “…the key to understanding social life isn’t just the forest and it isn't just the trees. It’s the forest and the trees and how they're related to one another.” (Johnson 1999: 39). This is sociology and the rule that people are not systems and systems are not people (Johnson 1999).
Linux, or what is here and there known as Unix on a lesser scale is considered and institutionalized on the premise of an open source framework and free for conveyance (Eckert, 2016). The principle reason we see Linux utilized on a constrained premise is because we live in a prevalently Windows Operating System world. Another component conflicting with Linux is that being open source, you need to go get it and really put it on the PC yourself as a client and this is something that numerous clients are somewhat hesitant to attempt and fulfill. A third variable that
The first OS we are going to look at is Linux, it can be a hard system to use and understand, if you have not used it before, you must have a good knowledge of computers in order to deal with Linux. Commands have to be typed in on the command line, and most people do not know or understand command line text. Linux does not have a great number of vendor selling their computer or software, so there is not a good support system for it.
In his novel Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe introduces his readers to the Nigerian village Umuofia and its culture through the protagonist, Okonkwo, a well respected Umuofian leader. Umuofian culture is centered around pleasing and respecting spiritual life. Everything within this culture and religion has a specific order; however, the Umuofian culture ultimately reaches its demise when Evangelists arrive to convert the Umuofians to Christianity. As seen through the events that transpire in this novel, from Nwoye leaving his family to letting the osu have a place in society, religion has the potential to both build and break a society. Specifically, religion has the power to break apart families, introduce new ideas into society, and bring hope into one’s life.
Umoja means to strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race. The importance of this is that through the support of the "tribe" we are able to prosper. Many African
The burden and calling to reach out and help others, enfold many people in society throughout the world. Rich or poor, young or old, black, red or white, the motive is helping those with a need. As Chinua Achebe points out in his book, Things Fall Apart, though there is the aspiration to lend a hand, it can sometimes become deadly, and even fatal to the lives of people. Although the missionaries try help convert the Ibo village of Umuofia to Christianity, their presence in Africa is harmful to the lives and culture of the Ibo.
You can download many utilities from the Internet. Examples of utilities are cp (copies a file), ls (lists information about files), ssh (securely connects to a remote computer), and df (lists information about free space on system devices such as hard disks).
There are advantages and disadvantages of Linux operating system. The first advantages of Linux operating system is it is free to obtain . Unlike Microsoft, Linux distribution can be installed on more than one computer without any cost charged . Besides that, Linux can run perfect on old computers and enable users to browse the Internet, email, play games, create and edit documents and others . In security aspect, Linux is much stronger than Windows. This is because Linux uses smart authorization management , which requires user to authorize any action that might harm their computer by entering the password . By this way, users are less likely to be tricked into installing malware and running virus programs . In addition, if user faces any technical problem, they can visit any of the Linux online forums and post the
Both Windows and Linux come in many different forms. All the different forms of Windows come from Microsoft, the various distributions of Linux come from different companies (ex. Red Hat, SuSE, Linspire, Ubuntu, Mandriva, Knoppix, etc). Windows has two main lines: “Win9x”, which is consists of Windows 95, 98, 98SecondEdition and ME, and “NT class” which consists of Windows NT, 200 and XP. On a side note, Windows first had version 3.x which was made before Windows 95 by a couple of years. The various types of Linux are called distributions. All the Linux distributions released around the same time frame will use the same kernel, which are the guts of the OS. They will differ with the add-on software provided,