“umuntu, ngumuntu, ngabantu”, which in Zulu means “a person is a person because of others.”
Ubuntu (Zulu pronunciation: [ùɓúntʼù]) is a Nguni Bantu term meaning “humanity”. It is often translated as “I am because we are,” or “humanity towards others”, but is often used in a more philosophical sense to mean “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity”.
In Southern Africa, it has come to be used as a term for a kind of humanist philosophy, ethic, or ideology, also known as Ubuntuism propagated in the Africanisation (transition to majority rule) process of these countries during the 1980s and 1990s.
Since the transition to democracy in South Africa with the Nelson Mandela presidency in 1994, the term has become more widely known outside of Southern Africa, notably popularised to English-language readers through the ubuntu theology of Desmond Tutu. Tutu was the chairman of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), and many have argued that ubuntu was a formative influence on the TRC.
There are several possible translations of the term into Spanish, the common ones are:
* “Humanity towards other people”
* “If everyone wins, you win”
* “I am because we are”
* “A person becomes human through other people”
* “A person is a person because of other people”
* “Everything that is mine is for all people”
* “I am what I am based on what all people are”
* “Belief is a universal bond of sharing that connects all of humanity.”
* I am because we are, and since we are, then I am
* We are therefore I am, and since I am, then we are.
The latter is a more extensive and adequate definition:
“A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, supports others, does not feel threatened when others are capable and good at something, because he is sure of himself since he knows that he belongs to a great whole, that it decreases when other people are humiliated or belittled, when others are tortured or oppressed. “