Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Lesson in Humaneness

While studying in New York, a tribesman from a distance land witnessed first hand the horrors of 9/11. When he returned home to Kenya and shared his tale to the Maasai elders and children, they sat in shock and disbelieve. Untouched by the trappings of modern civilization, the cattle-herding tribe responds to America's loss by offering up their most valued possession. Their act of compassion is extraordinary and a lesson to be shared with all humanity.

Children's author, Carmen Agra Deedy along with illustrator, Thomas Gonzalez retells the tribemen's journey and introduces the philosophy of Ubuntu - the concept of showing empathy for fellow humans - great and small. Here lies the touching story of 14 Cows For America.

1 comment:

  1. Go cattle! The word for 'cattle' is a medieval derivative of the word 'capital' and meant "Property, article of property, chattel. Obs. (Forms catel, cattel(l.)"

    So, giving cattle was like giving wealth.