What’s ubuntu you ask? I will get to it in a little while, but set your minds at ease: I am not referring to anything even remotely geeky (like Linux, for instance)
Barbara has a good point about sustaining the momentum generated by the active participation on the various blogs. It is quite refreshing to see a counter viewpoint to the erstwhile vocal minority that almost bordered on being a clique. As latent prejudices surface during this election runup, it is perhaps worth recalling what Clinton said recently during his address to the Labor Party:
Society is important because of Ubuntu. If we were the most beautiful, the most intelligent, the most wealthy, the most powerful person – and then found all of a sudden that we were alone on the planet, it wouldn’t amount to a hill of beans.
In proving as to why there’s nobody quite like good ol’ Bill, he was simply referring to the African ideology of “ubuntu” which simply states “I am because you are” i.e: individuals need other people to be fulfilled.
Alameda will still be around after November 7th, but it will take more than an election cycle to eliminate the prejudices that are slowly percolating to the surface.