Creating people's geographies
… substituting individual actions, of course, for nations ….
“In the Babemba tribe of South Africa, when a person acts
irresponsibly or unjustly, he is placed in the centre of the village,
alone and unfettered.
All work ceases, and everyone in the village gathers in a large circle
around the accused.
Then each person in the tribe speaks to the accused, one at a time,
recalling the good things the person has done in his life. Every
experience that can be recalled with detail and accuracy is recounted.
All his positive attributes, good deeds, strengths and kindnesses are
…. At the end, a joyous celebration takes place, and the person is
symbolically and literally welcomed back into the tribe.”
— Jack Kornfield, The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace