Kiva Lending Team: Non Nobis Solum
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The best of this explanation of our group comes from the meaning of the Latin phrase. As Wikipedia explains, "The motto is derived from a sentence in Cicero's most influential philosophical work, his treatise On Duties (Latin: De Officiis). In full, Cicero writes, non nobis solum nati sumus ortusque nostri partem patria vindicat, partem amici ("Not for us alone are we born; our country, our friends, have a share in us"), Cicero, de officiis, 1:22. The sentence, as Cicero himself says, is a literal translation of a sentiment from Plato's Letter to Archytas. In the context of the passage, the sentence means that "humans have been created for the sake of others of their kind, indeed, to benefit each other as much as possible". Cicero associates this concept with the Stoic ideal of cosmopolitanism, according to which all men have a natural kinship with all other men and need to "contribute to the general good by an interchange of acts of kindness (officia), by giving and receiving""
We are a group of educators, philanthropists, and believers in community service. We work for those in our local community, but believe that the human community merits our attention.
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