Bill Clinton Says To Get Into Ubuntu!?!?!

28 09 2006

BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | All you need is ubuntu

They totally fished me on this:

Ubuntu. That was what Bill Clinton told the Labour party conference it needed to remember this week. “Society is important because of Ubuntu.”But what is it? Left-leaning sudoku? U2’s latest album? Fish-friendly sushi?

No, it’s a word describing an African worldview, which translates as “I am because you are,” and which means that individuals need other people to be fulfilled.

The former president, husky-voiced and down-home with the delegates, gave it a folksy flavour, describing it in terms of needing to be around others to enjoy being ourselves.

ubuntu, noun. Humanity or fellow feeling; kindness [Nguni].
Collins English Dictionary

“If we were the most beautiful, the most intelligent, the most wealthy, the most powerful person – and then found all of a sudden that we were alone on the planet, it wouldn’t amount to a hill of beans,” said Mr Clinton.

Man, I thought he was going to get all Linus Torvalds on us, but its a cool idea none the less.


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