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The Jazz Theologian

Ubuntu is a way of doing community among some tribes in South Africa.  When they greet each other they do not say, "Hello" or "How are you?" rather they say Sawu bona–"I see you."  When someone greets you in this manner then you reply, Sikhona–"I am here."

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Peter Senge writes, "the order of the exchange is important:  until you see me, I do not exist.  It’s as if, when you see me, you bring me into existence."

Unbuntu is derived from the Zulu saying, Umuntu ngumuntu nagabantu, meaning "A person is a person because of other people."

I wonder…is jazz the Ubuntu of America?

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