“Africans believe in something that is difficult to render in English. We call it ubuntu botho. It means the essence of being human. You know when it is there and when it is absent. It speaks about humaneness, gentleness, hospitality, putting yourself out on behalf of others, being vulnerable. It embraces compassion and toughness. It recognizes that my humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South Africa
(Recipient of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize)
Blog Author’s Note: Initially, it might appear that this quotation has little to do with water. But, today, I challenge us all to think of ways.
Water, is taught by thirst.
“Water, is taught by thirst.
Land — by the Oceans passed.
Transport — by throe
Peace — by its battles told
Love, by Memorial Mold
Birds, by the Snow.”
The Peace of Wild Things
“When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”
– Wendell Berry
From The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry, 1998.
A lake in an Egyptian oasis, photo courtesy of seyerce on flickr.
“Water, thou hast no taste, no color, no odor, canst not be defined, art relished while ever mysterious. Not necessary to life, but rather life itself, thou fillest us with a gratification that exceeds the delight of the senses.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – Wind, Sand, and Stars 1939