We're Connected - Ubuntu

We're Connected - Ubuntu

We must focus on what bring us together.

Last week I wrote about Making Empathy Great Again to start a conversation about how we all could be a bit more understanding and compassionate to those we come in contact with. This week I think it would be good for us to consider the ways in which we are different, yet all connected.

A word I was introduced to a few years back is Ubuntu it comes from the South African language known as Zulu and has been introduced to many by Bishop Desmond Tutu. The meaning of Ubuntu is often translated as the universal bond which connects all of humanity to one another, at its most basic definition it means “I am because we are”, the notion that we are universally connected and that we what connects us is much greater than what divides us.

I think about all of the things that I have found in common with others that have created friendships and realize the many things that we don’t have in common as well. I have plenty of friends that I don’t agree with on many topics but we have always been able to find commonality in some form and when we have conversations about those things that divide us we have been able to respectfully listen and disagree, which is becoming a foreign concept, so allow me to give us all permission to have friendships with those who don’t agree with us and also see the humanity in those who are different from us.

Now, back Ubuntu and what it means for us in a social climate that suggests we are not connected. We are connected through friendships, hobbies, book groups, causes that we care about, and our moral compasses that suggest we do good and treat others with respect. One place that I have found a common ground and place that reminds me how I am connected to all is the communion table in my church it reminds me that which unites us is much greater than that which divides us!

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A Letter Of Appreciation To My AV Family

For one last time before graduation...SAAAAATV!

To the people in AV that have become a second family to me, thank you. Thank you for the amazing high school memories, thank you for putting up with my dad jokes, and most of all, thank you for being my best friends.

Mara Hashuga

As a timid, awkward, shy freshman, I came up to AV. I didn't know many of the people but that changed pretty fast. Now, I'm close with the entire group including alumni that already graduated.

Mara Hashuga

Being a part of this group definitely requires a good attitude, motivation, and a lot of hard work, but in return, I got some pretty amazing friends and maybe a few perks.

I'm super excited to graduate, but I have to say, AV is probably what I will miss the most. Whether it's the fun pranks we play on each other, the "counseling sessions," decorating lockers, or just the overall atmosphere, I know this is something I will really miss being a part of, so I'll definitely be back...a lot.

Mara Hashuga

I've made a lot of friends that I would have never even known had it not been for AV. Like I said, AV is basically family to me and I'm pretty sure I'm not alone with that opinion; any member of AV, current or alumni, will tell you that you will create an unbreakable bond with so many people because of this group. We definitely argue enough, but that's what families do. We argue and then the next day it's back to normal and we are sitting there laughing about something with each other.

Mara Hashuga

While I really joke with you guys a lot about how annoying you are, and while you do it right back to me, I know that I couldn't ask for a better group of people to have spent my high school years with.

So instead of our normal 'senior sign off' in the group chat, I'm giving mine right here.

I want all of my friends to know how much I will miss every single one of you (yes, even you cory), but don't for a second think I won't be back, because let's face it, Susky isn't much of a drive. (Hopefully you guys didn't think it'd be that easy to get rid of me!)

So, for one last time before I graduate...SAAAAATV!

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