A Dialogue with the Igbo (African) Thought and Culture
Chapter Three: Social Anthropological Survey of Igbo World View
3.1 Introduction Generally speaking, a concise articulation of human dignity as a subject of inquiry is no less a difficult venture. From the outset, Spielmann remarked that the word: “human dignity”, even though found virtually in the mouth of every one, no one cares much to say exactly what it is.226 The reason for this is obviously linked with the very fact that the concept is a collec- tive heritage of humanity and as such interpretative open. Experience has shown that the whole of human development: moral and ethical norms depend inexonerably on the conceptuality of human dignity.227 Even though human dignity as an idea is contemporaneous with hu- manity and exists in every culture, well developed reflections on the sub- ject are still scanty in some cultures. In the West where the concept has been transformed into moral rights one can boast of well reflected and referred materials, which have been systematically documented. On the contrary in Africa discussions on human dignity and rights are still in the collection stage. The reason could be the very little interest shown in the issues of human dignity and human rights. Moreover scholars prefer to concentrate more on the human rights issues, rather than fighting on grounds and interpretations of human dignity. Recently, there is a grow- ing tendency to relegate these controversies to the background in the various cultures, religions and worldviews. Unfortunately this pretension has not solved any problem either rather it has exacerbated it. The mod- ern naiveté towards...
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