I am safe because we are safe; we are safe because I am safe

I am because we are.

I am safe because we are safe.
I am peaceful because we are peaceful.
I am powerful because we are powerful.
I am loved because we are loved.
I am truthful because we are truthful.
I am wise because we are wise.
I am understanding because we are understanding.

I am because we are.


We are because I am.

We are safe because I am safe.
We are peaceful because I am peaceful.
We are powerful because I am powerful.
We are loved because I am loved.
We are truthful because I am truthful.
We are wise because I am wise.
We are understanding because I am understanding.

We are because I am.

The above poem was inspired by the Southern Africa philosophy. According to the Catholic Diocese of Zomba bishop Rt. Rev. Fr. Thomas Msusa, “The African worldview is about living as one family, belonging to God”.[18] Msusa noted that in Africa “We say ‘I am because we are’, or in Chichewa kali kokha nkanyama, tili awiri ntiwanthu (when you are on your own you are as good as an animal of the wild; when there are two of you, you form a community).”  There is also a book titled, “I am because we are. African wisdom in image and proverb” by Betty Press. And there is also a documentary film, “I am because we are” about children in Malawi Africa.

I know in my heart that we can all help one another.


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