Saturday was Human Rights Day in South Africa. In these uncertain and challenging times, it’s a time to show what Ubuntu is all about “Umntu Ngumntu Ngabantu” – “I am human because I belong to the human community and I respect and treat others accordingly – I am because we are! – We are people through other people!”
It is a time to stand together united in spirit, care and compassion. We need to take care of ourselves and be extra vigilant about our hygiene and care for our families, friends, staff, colleagues, community members and fellow citizens.
Love your neighbour – don’t infect them! Every life matters. Every citizen has a basic human right to health and safety. We need to act in a way that we are part of the solution and not part of the problem. Let’s not stockpile certain commodities at the expense of others. Let’s be conscious of other people’s needs. Pray without ceasing and be God’s hands, mouth and feet on the earth as Archbishop Desmond Tutu taught us. As he says – God cannot wipe away a tear, say a word of encouragement, put a hand of reassurance on someone’s shoulder – now an elbow greeting – but through you, and you, and you, and me, he can. Let’s show what caring is about. It’s a time to go back to basics, to become a new humanity. When South Africa had a drought we learnt to use water sparingly and not waste. Hopefully, most people still save water and have kept those measures going as water is a scarce resource.
So, what will each of us learn from this pandemic and how will it change our lives, our mindsets and our behaviour in a positive and new way? Let’s each of us, and together, play a part in stopping the Coronavirus. Let’s all unite nationally and globally and show what is possible. Let’s Make the Impossible Possible. We CAN DO it!
Together we can change lives!