The Meaning of Ubuntu: “In certain regions of South Africa, when someone does something wrong, he/she is taken to the center of the village and for two days he/she is surrounded by his tribe, while they speak of all the good he/she has done. They believe that 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 unity and affirmation have more power to change behavior than does shame and punishment. This is known as Ubuntu – humanity towards others.”
Question: How do you like this method of education?
Answer: This is a very powerful method. Imagine sitting for two days and listening to good things about yourself, knowing that they all know about what you did. It would be better if they beat you!
A man eats himself: “How could I do this?! This was their opinion of me! And what is their opinion of me now knowing what I have done?!” This is a double punishment.
Question: And why does humanity not adopt this? A practical primitive tribe, close to nature…
Answer: The primitive tribes were much higher than we are and they remain so.
They understand how a person can be encouraged and put in a good place, how to make him a normal member of society, and put him back in the right state. This is the only way, education by social influence.
Question: Why not adopt it? Give it a try.
Answer: We do not have such societies. Our society is purely egoistic; it is aimed only at censure, at suppression, even to the point of murder. Therefore, we cannot have such a thing.
Question: And how will the society of the future cope with this?
Answer: The society of the future is after correction! Of course, it will already have a different effect on people. But only through love, through the right communication, the right influence. To take a person inside yourself, to warm him inside, so that he feels the good influence of society.
Question: Are you talking about a criminal who has committed a crime?
Answer: Yes. And then he will feel what he can lose, and understand how others think well of him and want to place him among themselves, bail him out, and so on.
Question: But I don’t think well of him, do I? I hate him, is he a criminal?
Answer: No, then it will not work.
Comment: We are talking about a serious step for humanity. We should arrange expeditions there, to this society.
My Response: We won’t understand! Today’s society is not able to correctly perceive such an attitude of people to one another.
Question: What, then, is the future of our judicial system?
Answer: Our judicial system can take the only right step; it is to bury itself. I say this absolutely clearly, calmly, and steadily. This is not a judicial system. There is nothing worse in our society than judges and everything they have done.
Question: So they have ruined their own destinies, and the destinies of other people?
Answer: Absolutely everything!
Question: How can humanity get out of this?
Answer: Only by the correction that we are talking about. Put judges through the training and correction system, so that they do not think that if they have some book in their hands that was written by all sorts of clever people, then this book is infallible, and if they adhere to it, they can judge everyone.
Question: By what law should the corrected judges work?
Answer: The Torah is at the heart of the trial, the charter, and the legal provisions. And so we need to take it in its true form, try to understand it and start following it. Otherwise, nothing will work.
Question: When you say “Torah,” everyone pictures the book of Torah. What do you mean when you say the Torah is the basis?
Answer: Love your neighbor as yourself. This is the main law. And everything else comes from that.
Question: So this principle should be at the forefront of all of law for everyone?
Question: Is it possible?
Answer: We will have to do it anyway. Only when? This is already a problem.
Question: And when, what do you think?
Answer: When we can understand what judges should be like. And we will not agree with the view that they represent today.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 3/8/21