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May 2019

"In certain regions of South Africa, when someone does something wrong, he is taken to the center of the village and surrounded by his tribe for two days while they speak of all the good he has done. They believe each person is good, yet sometimes we make mistakes, which is really a cry for help. They unite in this ritual to encourage the person to reconnect with his true nature. The belief is that the unity and affirmation have more power to change behavior than shame and punishment. This is known as Ubuntu - humanity towards others."

I was profoundly struck by such a deeply compassionate way for people to be asked to address their mistakes: