Ubuntu is a Swahili word that roughly translates to helping other people makes you better. The best way to understand this is to think about the volunteers in your community. They are just plain nice people. It is a bit of a chicken and egg deal though…does volunteering make you nice, or do nice people volunteer? At any rate, it is a word and concept that Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu used often. AND it is quite real. It’s been amazing in the last year watching tree hugging Hillary people and gun toting Trump supporters get along great together when doing volunteer work.
The Prop 1 MAPARD levy will go directly to staff and financial support of these Ubuntu-filled people we all know and love in our communities. This is the only agenda for this levy (other than paying off past election costs…) and it is the pledge and promise from the MAPARD commissioners (MAPARD.org). Yes, it will make our communities healthier, happier, and worth more. That is the “thinking” reason of why to vote yes. But the heart needs to join in on the decision too! “Support your volunteers” helps the confused mind get it right.
AND…as anyone who reads The Enterprise knows, most people don’t read The Enterprise. So please, if you understand this view of the MAPARD levy, bring up Ubuntu in conversation to your friends and neighbors as much as you like. They will be amazed how bilingual you are.