At the recent FUEL Vancouver event I attended, Michelle Osry, a facilitator of a diversity discussion shared a Zulu saying:
Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu
It translates into a quite beautiful simple phrase:
A person is a person because of people.
She found the quote in a video by Mike Lipkin.
Lipkin makes the prescient point about saying the phrase, really meaning the sentence:
At that moment, you are transported out of your own head and into a shared reality that you are mutually creating with another person.
Yes! The world is personal. Our culture is shared. Society thrives on our interconnectedness, and dissipates on its absence. The sharing economy requires a level of trust that can only be achieved when we truly see each other. Networks enable persons to be; and they allow persons to be more.
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