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Living Together in Unity and Interdependence: Reviving the African Spirit of Altruism and Benevolence

Authors
  • Ebong, Epiemembong Louis
Type
Published Article
Journal
Holiness
Publisher
Sciendo
Publication Date
Apr 14, 2021
Volume
6
Issue
1
Pages
35–45
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2478/holiness-2020-0005
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Research Article
License
Green

Abstract

How can we live together in peace? This article reflects on the need to develop an ethic of social responsibility that values and enhances solidarity. It is a response to the proliferation of violence in many African communities and seeks to argue against egoism (individualism) which it considers the root cause of much political and socio-economic insecurity across the continent. It maintains that a way of addressing this situation is the development of an altruistic mindset. The article thus attempts to combine traditional African cultural and religious narratives with comparable principles within the Christian tradition in order to explore the importance of altruistic action in the contemporary African context.

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