By Arya Pindiprolu. One of the concepts in South Africa that fascinated me was Unbuntu. Unbuntu means “I am because you are.” This concept fascinates me because in the U.S.A. we are a very individualistic society, while South Africa is a very collectivist society. The Hector Peterson Memorial reflects this idea. A young man named Mbuyisa picked up Hector after he was shot by the police during a peaceful protest. Mbuyisa picked Hector up so his body wouldn’t be trampled and he could get it to Hector’s family. Although it was heavy carrying Hector and perhaps even put him in harms way because the police were still shooting and some students began throwing rocks, he didn’t consider leaving him. Most of us would refer to this as a heroic act, but Mbuyisa’s mother didn’t see it that way; she didn’t call him a hero. Instead she said he did what anybody would have done. This also explains why the people of South Africa were all so welcoming. Maybe we could all consider this concept and be more thoughtful throughout our daily lives.