Ethics ultimately deals with preservation and restoration – preserving harmony between humans, humans and the environment, and restoring it in the event that it is lost. In the act of being ethical one becomes more of a person, developing ubuntu. The central concept of Ubuntu is attaining person-status, a status marked by a heightened maturity of ethical-sense through the fulfillment of one’s responsibilities to society.
Restorative justice is the process of restoring the dignity and humanity of others. When one is harmed during an incident, the parties involved in the incident must work restore the dignity lost to all. Notions of fairness deal with equitable distribution of the extremes of lack and surplus.
Ubuntu asserts no one is beyond redemption, no one is born evil. One errs due to lack of knowledge. In as much as one is expected to advance communal interests in the act of being more ethical, society is also expected to provide the necessary environment for one to flourish and acquire person-status.
Ubuntu and Technology
Technology on its own is powerless and can be used to continue existing inequalities. Technology must be a productive of ethical consideration and social cohesion. To achieve restorative justice, technology must be used as a tool for revolution. Revolution must be the equitable distribution of power to all members of society in a way that advances commonly derived shared values.