I quite like the story, whether it's true or not (it has a bit of a Disney too-good-to-be-true feel to it) because it does illustrate a simple fact; namely that societies prosper when people cooperate and - dare I say it - think not only of themselves but also of the needs of others.
Here's the simple little parable:
An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each other's hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: "UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?"
'UBUNTU' in the Xhosa culture means: "I am because we are"
Now I think that this has quite a simple message to send, but (I should know better but I can't help myself) when I opened up the 'comments' that go along with this piece, I found a number of people had been outraged at the communist/socialist element of the tale. Communism? Socialism?