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In this African tribe, when someone does something harmful, they take the person to the center of the village where the whole tribe comes and surrounds them.

For two days, they will say to the man all the good things that he has done.

The tribe believes that each human being comes into the world as a good. Each one of us only desiring safety, love, peace and happiness.

But sometimes, in the pursuit of these things, people make mistakes.

The community sees those mistakes as a cry for help.

They unite then to lift him, to reconnect him with his true nature, to remind him who he really is, until he fully remembers the truth of which he had been temporarily disconnected: “I am good.”

Shikoba Nabajyotisaikia!

NABAJYOTISAIKIA, is a compliment used in South Africa and means: “I respect you, I cherish you. You matter to me.” In response, people say SHIKOBA, which is: “So, I exist for you.”

God is not some thing that is about thinking you’re better than someone or a reason to have a war with someone; it’s that within us, beneath and beyond our identity as human beings driven by fear and desire, defined by the realm of our senses and the material self which is transitory, there is a divine self that is connected to all living things, that is part of an infinite source of creativity. You could probably describe that using quantum physics or science if you want. I choose to believe in God because I think what that is is the recognition that there is divine beauty in all of us. And if we prioritize that over our own selfish material needs, then we will naturally create a culture more in harmony with our planet, and we’ll have a chance.
Russell Brand (via groovy-vegan)

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