The Babemba tribe of Africa believes that each human being comes into the world as good. Each one of us only desiring safety, love, peace and happiness.
But sometimes, in the pursuit of these things, people make mistakes.
When a person acts irresponsibly or unjustly, he/she is placed in the center of the village, alone, unfettered. All work ceases. All gather around the accused individual. Then each person of every age, begins to talk out loud to the accused. One at a time, each person tells all the good things the one in the center ever did in his/her lifetime.
Every incident, every experience that can be recalled with any detail and accuracy, is recounted. All positive attributes, good deeds, strengths, and kindnesses are recited carefully and at length.
The tribal ceremony often lasts several days, not ceasing until everyone is drained of every positive comment that can be mustered. At the end, the tribal circle is broken, a joyous celebration takes place, and the person is symbolically and literally welcomed back into the tribe. Necessity for such ceremonies is rare!
This story is originally from the book, Contact, The First Four Minutes by Leonard Sunin. The Babemba or Bemba people make their home in an area of Africa that includes Zambia and the Congo. Another source: http://tinyurl.com/nt5xydr
Photo by Jessica Hilltout.
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That punishment would serve as a great deterrent to some people I know…
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I find myself in an odd predicament. I don’t like Russel Brand, but I like Russel Brand.
But not LIKE like.
My take on Russell Brand is that he is intelligent and very quick, and above all feels an overwhelming impetus to make people laugh. He’s at his best when there is something going on to sink his brain cells into. But when there’s nothing happening to riff on, he goes for stupid, low-brow humour.
He’s sort of like a comedy coffee grinder: When there’s stuff to work on, he processes it and comes out with delightful stuff. When nothing is available, he spins really fast and produces rubbish.
Just listened to the intro @smartasshat did for Emergency Pants.
Thanks. I couldn’t stop giggling like a fool when I was making it. Bridget and Shane are so very evidently disgusted down to the core by the aspic (from episode 211). And their revulsion is in superb contrast to my infomercial-announcer yuckster voice.
Please enjoy it (and the rest of the excellent Emergency Pants) here.
Q:FUCK that made my hands hurt.
It just goes to show that kids will do stuff you would never imagine. All you parents successfully raising good kids, I salute you.
It’s weird. I actually don’t remember the pain, just the events around it. It’s very strange how the brain works.
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