Clouds of despair wont solve anything

Only an opinion.  A growing number of people are very concerned about the environment and the signs of changing climate indicate a ‘situation’ that appears to be irreversible.  Many scientists are being ignored by the media because the media is owned by those who have their own agenda.  Dr. Suzuki, a well respected scientist, gave a warning through the media some decades ago.  As I remember it, he said if we did not pay closer attention to our pollution effects on the environment and change our habits dramatically in the next 10 – 15 years it would be too late.  Few took him seriously.  Whistle blowers are very often ignored.

It seems that the self-centered behavior of the masses is more pronounced today than ever before.  A fascination with technical gadgets occupies the attention of millions of people every minute.  The ostrich head in the sand syndrome.  We (humans) think we are so important but in the scheme of things, even on the scale of this planet, it is a mere speck in the infinite nature of the universe.

Through greed and self-centeredness we grasp at momentary pleasures and ignore the natural order and our ignorance and blindness to our own natural and intuitive faculties is remarkable.  Yet we still believe we are at the top of the species.  No other species kill its own kind with hatred and viciousness like we do.  We fight over land and resources like plundering pirates.  Some ‘wars’ carry on for hundreds of years and the emotional bias is passed on to each generation.  We think we have a right to behave without conscience and even speak of God being on our side.

The native tribes of the world have all lived in relative harmony with nature and the environment yet in our gross ignorance we label them as savages or barbarians.  Their skills and knowledge are a marvel compared to ‘civilized man’ and knowledge of the living environment is dynamically passed on through oral transmission.  We on the other hand fall victim to the a mechanistic learning system along with a misplaced belief in the ‘power of the written word’….. and the results are obvious.

If you have never read Chief Seattle’s letter to the President, take a few minutes to read it now.   If you weep before you get to the end of it, then you are fortunate to be sensitive enough to recognize the words of a true native of this planet.

“The President in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky? the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?

Every part of the earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my people.

We know the sap which courses through the trees as we know the blood that courses through our veins. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters. The bear, the deer, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the dew in the meadow, the body heat of the pony, and man all belong to the same family.

The shining water that moves in the streams and rivers is not just water, but the blood of our ancestors. If we sell you our land, you must remember that it is sacred. Each glossy reflection in the clear waters of the lakes tells of events and memories in the life of my people. The water’s murmur is the voice of my father’s father.

The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst. They carry our canoes and feed our children. So you must give the rivers the kindness that you would give any brother.

If we sell you our land, remember that the air is precious to us, that the air shares its spirit with all the life that it supports. The wind that gave our grandfather his first breath also received his last sigh. The wind also gives our children the spirit of life. So if we sell our land, you must keep it apart and sacred, as a place where man can go to taste the wind that is sweetened by the meadow flowers.

Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother? What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth.

This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

One thing we know: our God is also your God. The earth is precious to him and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator.

Your destiny is a mystery to us. What will happen when the buffalo are all slaughtered? The wild horses tamed? What will happen when the secret corners of the forest are heavy with the scent of many men and the view of the ripe hills is blotted with talking wires? Where will the thicket be? Gone! Where will the eagle be? Gone! And what is to say goodbye to the swift pony and then hunt? The end of living and the beginning of survival.

When the last red man has vanished with this wilderness, and his memory is only the shadow of a cloud moving across the prairie, will these shores and forests still be here? Will there be any of the spirit of my people left?

We love this earth as a newborn loves its mother’s heartbeat. So, if we sell you our land, love it as we have loved it. Care for it, as we have cared for it. Hold in your mind the memory of the land as it is when you receive it. Preserve the land for all children, and love it, as God loves us.

As we are part of the land, you too are part of the land. This earth is precious to us. It is also precious to you.  One thing we know – there is only one God.  No man, be he red man or white, can be apart.  We are all brothers, after all.”


1 Comment
  1. My opinions are just an expression, like anyone else’s opinions. Many folk ask me about the environment issues, as if there could be an answer to it. This species is no more important than any other species. Nature has a way of dealing with things that don’t fit in.