Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a South African Anglican bishop and theologian, said the following about dignity:
“The spirit of Ubuntu is very difficult to render into Western language. It speaks of the very essence of being human. You are generous, caring and compassionate. It means that my humanity is bound up in yours,” and embodies the ideas of community, connection, caring and kindness.”
If you look up the meaning of Ubuntu it is an African word for humanity. Does not every human being deserve to be treated with kindness and compassion?
On this day the hope is that each of us will treat those we meet with great caring and dignity. You and I should also be aware of our own dignity. Each one of us should be treated with honor and respect.
At this time when global wars show us the opposite of dignity it is more important than ever that we come together to spread caring and kindness in our communities.
Wherever you go in your day, acknowledge those around you. Listen to them and give encouraging words if needed.
You can teach dignity to school-age children. Starting with the young can begin a culture of caring and acceptance of people. A person’s skin color, ethnicity or religion should not matter. Everyone deserves honor and respect, from the very small to the very old.
How do you define dignity? Do you feel honored and respected? Do the people around you see kindness and compassion?
Private Home Health Care believes that all people should be treated with dignity. By treating people in our community with honor and respect we hope to promote dignity for all.