What are we doing ?
We must not conceal from ourselves that no improvement in the present depressing situation is possible without a severe struggle; for the handful of those who are really determined to do something is minute in comparison with the mass of the lukewarm and the misguided. And those who have an interest in keeping the machinery of war going are a very powerful body; they will stop at nothing to make public opinion subservient to their murderous ends
Silver haired Elder
A human being is part of the whole
A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. ... We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
A Wise Woman
A brave leaves before dawn to hunt
weary and empty handed he returns to camp
only to find his wife has killed a stray deer that wandered into camp
The woman smiles and says thank you dear
husband for chasing him from the forest
so that I may kill him for you.
And in peace they sat down to eat.
For years we lived as one
They came (white man) and broke us apart
We are now asked to live as one once more
But we are scattered and poor
The promises which they (white man) made
I have yet to see
But it is time for us not to care what they (white man) promised
Not to look upon the past
It is time for us to look towards ourselves
So that we may learn once again
To be proud...Utah Elder
“Our religion was handed down to us by our ancestors
to their children and so forth
It teaches us to be thankful and united
to love each other
We never quarrel about religion”
Red Jacket (Seneca orator)
One need not speak of deep matters
It is enough that one is aware.....from an elder in Utah
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