Monday, May 02, 2011

A person is a person through other persons - Easter 3 sermon work

We say in our African idiom, ‘A person is a person through other persons.’ The solitary human being is a contradiction in terms. I need you in order to be me as you need me in order to be you. We are caught up in a delicate network of interconnectedness. I have gifts that you don’t, and you have gifts I don’t–voila! We are made different so that we may know our need of one another. The completely self-sufficient human being is subhuman. Thus diversity, difference is of the essence of who we are.
~Desmond Tutu, An address at University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall, February 16, 2000

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