Liberalism And Ubuntu Philosophy

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Nicolette Ragone
Professor Zook
16 March 2017
A House Divided Cannot Stand A community cannot be created without a collection of individuals. Through this unity of entities, a strong society is formed upon similar identities. In the former President Obama’s speech, he addresses the nation as a whole by unifying them as all citizens of the United States of America. He encourages the nation to come together and fight towards a better democracy and better future. This unification is very similar to Liberalist and Ubuntu theories. Liberalism idealistically accentuates the need to collaborate in order to become more successful. Ubuntu philosophy expresses the need to create self-identity based on the community. Although their ideals have
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They are similar in a sense that Ubuntu believes that “self creates society” (Zook 2/23). This is seen in Liberalist ideals, where individual action is needed in order to cooperate for a better world. Without self, a community would not be able to form, and both ideals acknowledge that. Also, they are similar in the way that they pursue cooperation in a group. Just as Liberalism, Ubuntu seeks further accomplishments by going forward together rather than alone. A united society is the main importance in Ubuntu philosophy, as it creates a peaceful, harmonious community. However, Ubuntu differs in that it believes one’s individual identity does not exist unless it is in the company of others. The philosophy identifies self in “the existence of others and because of his/her coexistence with them” (Van Der Walt 108). In other words, I is we. In a smaller, close-knit community it is possible to incorporate Ubuntu as a lifestyle. However, this philosophy is hard to implement in a Western world due to larger, modernized …show more content…
A person who practices Ubuntu would agree with Obama in certain aspects of his speech: “For blacks and other minorities, it means tying our own struggles for justice to the challenges that a lot of people in this country face…” Obama promotes empathy in this part of his speech, something that a person who practices Ubuntu truly values. Ubuntu philosophy also values “human dignity, humanism…respect, interactive dependency…friendliness, forgiveness” (Van Der Walt 110). All of these promote a positive peace, one that works towards bettering society by means of unifying a harmonious community. An Ubuntu’s ideal peace involves conflict resolution. This constructive way of thinking by cultivating peace is emanated through Obama’s speech: “Without a willingness to admit new information, and concede that your opponent is making a fair point…we’ll keep talking past each other, making common ground and compromise impossible.” Ubuntu philosophy stresses upon this “compromise,” a way to resolve conflict in a way that is mutually beneficial for both people. This “positive peace” (Zook 1/19) helps promote unity within communities, and for Obama it means unity within the nation as a

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