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28 September 2006 @ 09:01 am
Ubuntu. It's a bit like the Tao in definition, so the article will define it better than any one definition.

BBC article about ubuntu

Added to LJ interests.

If all governments were more ubuntu, would there be more peace, or more conflict from meddling?

The up sides of ubuntu are obvious. What are the down sides? (For instance, could ubuntu preclude "teach a man to fish" or can it be practiced both by giving fish and by teaching men to fish? Can a blog viral-spiral think tank influence how we practice it in the West?)

wanting to start a discussion about this while running out the door, late to work...
Cynickalcynickal on September 28th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
Maybe a small fish, something useful as bait.

Or use the guts and head for bait...
Immortal (so far): Diveimmortalsofar on September 28th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
'My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in what is yours.'

In other words, your state adds or detracts from my own. So giving a man a fish gives a small improvement in his welfare (he goes from being a starving man to a fed man for a while) but teaching him to fish creates a man who's state is even better - he can feed himself.

Furthermore, it does preclude laziness. A man who refuses to learn to fish doesn not 'improve' in the long term and the drain on fish harms others so the obligation to blindly give him your fish just isn't there.
vaxhacker on September 28th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
And it's a Linux distro... :)
Brettwakko on September 29th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
Yup... that's what I was thinking too. :-D

Kburgunder on September 29th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
GRiN I knew I could count on both of you to point this out ;)
Beththepresident on September 29th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
me three.