If change was a fire, then a small piece of tinder has been lit! And I’ve just smelt the smoke! The fire has started deep in the heart of Africa, in the country of Botswana, and it goes by the name of Botho.
Botswana is governed by five national principals, democracy, development, self-reliance, unity and Botho.
Botho is a philosophy that the people of Botswana follow. It is based on a number of important things: Mutual respect, responsibility, compassion and realising your full potential as an individual and as part of the community you live in.
The people of Botswana practice Botho everyday, at school, at work, at home and in their local community. They think about the decisions they make and see if they are good for others and not just for themselves.
Botswana’s vision for 2016 states: ‘Botho defines a process for earning respect by first giving it, and to gain empowerment by empowering others. It encourages people to applaud rather than resent those who succeed. It disapproves of anti-social, disgraceful, inhuman and criminal behaviour, and encourages social justice for all. It means above all things to base your thoughts, actions and expectations for human interaction on the principles of Love, Respect and Empathy’
You cannot live Botho alone. Botho is all about working together, about doing what is best for the community and not just for yourself.
I think that Botho holds the secret for the world living in peace and harmony. That is what it is all about, unity and in unity we have strength to stand up for what is right.
I challenge you, people of the world, to think about Botho and how you can apply it to your own life. I too am going to think about it. How can I apply it to life in my own little community: my family? We, as a family, feel like we already try to follow some of the principles of Botho.
I am going to explore it even more, so expect more blogs about it. As I journey I will share my thoughts . My final destination is to live Botho.
Tell me what you think in the comments, I’m really keen to know…….