I believe in this common struggle, the search for a more encompassing description other than the word than "tolerance" is itself revealing. Our Western language seems to lack the concept and we have no word or symbol to fully express the transformative civility discussed in the program. I am reminded of a concept discussed by Desmond Tutu,"ubuntu", in his book No Future Without Forgivenss. It means that "my humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound in yours. We belong in a bundle of life. A person is a person through other persons. A person with ubuntu is open and available to other, affirming of other, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminshed when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are torured or oppressed, or treated as if they were less than who they are." This is a hard concept in a culture in which we believe that much of progress is vested in fulfillment of the self. If we could enrich our understanding of our own place in the world then maybe we could learn that we are people through other people.
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