No offense but…

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I recently had a fight with someone I consider a friend, and day three after the event, I am still trying to deconstruct how it all went so wrong.  This ordinarily would not be blog material, except that the situation is all too familiar, for me, and no doubt for many others.

I think these situations can come about in three different ways:

  • Someone says something she or he knows is offensive, with the intent to offend (honest bigotry).
  • Someone says something he or she is pretty sure is offensive, but feels that others will understand because it really wasn’t meant that way (dishonest “no offense but” bigotry).
  • Someone says something she or he honestly doesn’t know is offensive (unaware bigotry).

Let me state for the record, that being a bigot is not an incurable disease.  It is not everything you are.  It doesn’t necessarily move you from the ‘good’…

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UBUNTU

An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats.
When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: ”UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?”
‘UBUNTU’ in the Xhosa culture means: “I am because we are”
 Photo: An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he askedthem why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: ''UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?''<br />
'UBUNTU' in the Xhosa culture means: "I am because we are"

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I cannot believe this world we live in, I have sent detailed information about Lateral Violence to people right from the streets through to Local Government Associations, State Government Services, Federal Government Services, Parliamentary Ministers at all levels of Government, Church Ministries Nationally, University Fraternities and some people are STILL choosing not to hear what I am saying. They do not know or want to know what Lateral Violence is doing to our societies!

It is killing our people on a daily basis. I am pulling my hair out!

It has been totally urgent to launch the ‘Decade of Lateral Love 2012 – 2022’ Campaign, a Campaign that carries on the legacy of the late Jimmy Little, who spread Lateral Love throughout the world.

People still do not know what LATERAL LOVE is!

To anybody who does not understand what I am talking about I say this…Lateral Love is loving yourself, loving your fellow men and women, love for the land, love for the spirit of life, love for nature, love for sacred sites and sacred places, love for our food and love for our children and them knowing about all of these important aspect of life.

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14 June 2012


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