First Nations People

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  1. raisingme profile image80
    raisingmeposted 8 years ago

    I am currently reading "My Heart Soars" written by a Canadian First Nations Chief, Chief Dan George.  Some may remember him from his role in 'Little Big Man' with Dustin Hoffman. 

    I have read this book many times, it was given to me as a gift by my younger brother in 1974. 

    One of my favourite lines is, "A wild rose whispers sweetness to the squirrel, a child loves everybody first."

    Also, "If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other.  If you do not talk to them you will not know them, and what you do not know you will fear.  What one fears one destroys."

    Given the nature of some of the posts on the forums what Chief Dan George states about animals also holds true for each other - when we fear each other rather than knowing each other we seek to destroy each other.

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      Brenda Durhamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      But does Chief Dan George ever speak about the fact that animals are wild at heart and are apt to turn on ya at some point?
      The Bible says fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
      I believe it's wise also to fear animals AND other people on a realistic level, for many people DO cater to their basic instincts instead of their conscience.

      1. alternate poet profile image66
        alternate poetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Surely you cannot be so blind that you can't see this is exactly what the post is about !   
        Surely you can see the fear in your own posts ?
        Surely you can see the fear you hide behind and the smokescreen you create from your religion to prevent anyone actually seeing you?
        And this is nothing about the relgious aspect, just the fear and hiding.

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          Brenda Durhamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Fear of what?
          Other religions?
          Well, not for myself, no.
          For impressionable children, and even impressionable adults, yes.

  2. raisingme profile image80
    raisingmeposted 8 years ago

    "When I pray, I pray for all living things,
    When I thank, I thank for everything."

    Chief Dan George

    Maybe if our ancestors, and us, even now were to learn from the indigenous peoples throughout our world rather than to continue to make nothing of them, we would find that we benefit from their wisdom.

    Who is to say that for the native peoples, fear was anything other than the beginning of their wisdom.  And those of us who chose to, might well learn something from them.

    "Look at the faces of my people:
    You will find expressions of love and despair,
    hope and joy, sadness and desire, and all the human feelings that live in the hearts of people of all colours.  Yet, the heart never knows the colour of the skin."  Chief Dan George

    Reality is made by agreement.  The more agreement the more solid the reality.  Ever noticed how many realities exist on this planet and that what would be considered realistic in one may be considered sheer folly in another? 

    Fear is the beginning of wisdom when one takes responsibility for examining the source of that fear and seeking the truth of the matter. 

    Fear also holds people back from being able or willing to originate anything.  It is from a place of fear that "people DO cater to their basic instincts instead of their conscience."  It is also the reason we spend so much time and energy trying to convince others that our viewpoint is the 'right' viewpoint.  I personally find Chief Dan George's viewpoint interesting and to me, somewhat valuable.

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      Brenda Durhamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      But it's not always from fear.
      A lot of times it's greed and lust from which people act upon their basest instincts.

      In other words, I believe that, even if all people and people's could "get along" and not fight about religion,  they'd fight about other things.  It's just human nature;  which, without God, leads us ALL on the wrong path.    There IS a "right viewpoint"!   Although many will keep trying to melt it into the pot of diverstiy.

      1. raisingme profile image80
        raisingmeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Greed and lust too are fear based - fear of lack.  It is actually not in our nature to fight, it is in our nature to work with each other and allow each other to be.  It is that we have strayed from our natural state on to the 'wrong path'.  That being said, my path may not be the path of another.  However, we can certainly allow another to go their own way without fighting over whether they are going the right or wrong way.  The journey of another is not my journey, it certainly does not translate to me that they are on the wrong journey.  If it all got melted into one pot, if there were only one 'right' viewpoint then there need only be one of us. 

        Many of us, self included, have been very busy trying to be what others want or think we should be - that is how many of us find ourselves off our own paths.

        Some of the viewpoints belonging to Chief Dan George that I have shared here, are just that, viewpoints.  And I offer them only so that others may view them if they so chose.  From his viewpoint came his judgment of how to handle, or not handle life.  I use my viewpoints to the same end, but they are not his viewpoints or the viewpoints of my mother or my next door neighbour or the woman living in a mansion or the teenager living on the street - they are my own.  If it is your viewpoint that it is God that leads you then that is how you will come to your judgment as to how you handle or do not handle your life. 

        Pretty Cool Stuff, methinks!

        1. alternate poet profile image66
          alternate poetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I think it is pretty cool stuff too. 

          I would agree that humanity has strayed or been dragged off onto the wrong path.  And I agree that man's nature is not to fight, the aggressive side of man's nature is being constantly aroused by the media, unneccessary wars, religions and computer games etc.  Those who are the most aggressive are the least able to kill and so are the loudest noises from a safe place.

  3. Ron Montgomery profile image60
    Ron Montgomeryposted 8 years ago

    1. raisingme profile image80
      raisingmeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Exactly!!!!!  Thank You!

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      Brenda Durhamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Drat it, Ron!
      It's too early for Halloween!  Stop that! You're scaring me! 
      hahahaa wink


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