When the Europeans first came here, and Columbus, we could drink out of the river.
If the Europeans had lived the Indian way when they came, we’d still be drinking the water, because the water is sacred. The air is sacred.
Our DNA is made of the same DNA as the tree. The tree breathes what we exhale. When the tree exhales, we breathe what the tree exhales. And so, we have a common destiny with the tree.
We are all from the Earth. And when the Earth, the water, the atmosphere is corrupted, then it will create its own reaction. Mother Earth is reacting.
And the world has become, quote, “a market,” and it’s this market that we have to deal with. And it’s this idea of boundless and endless resources. And when you say resources, you’re talking about our family. It’s not a resource. It’s family. It requires all the respect [of family].
The structure of the world itself is such that it functions on natural law. And natural law is a powerful regenerative process. There is a process of regeneration that continues and grows and is endless. It is absolutely endless, if everyone agrees to the law and follows the law. But if you challenge the law, and you think you’re going to change the law, then you are bound to failure. And in that failure will be a lot of pain, because the natural law has no mercy. It is only the law.
The Earth is all powerful. It wasn’t made here for human beings. We are part of it. But we don’t have to be here. Because the Earth has its own process. And if it comes to the point where if you destroy yourselves as human beings, and you destroy life and finally leave this Earth, the Earth is not going to disappear. It’s not going to be the end of the world. That’s really a very interesting concept to us. No, the world won’t end. People’s life on it will. So it’s not the end of the world, it’s the end of us. And the world, no matter what damage you think you’ve done to it, will regenerate — will re-green. Will redo everything that was here at one time, except there won’t be any people. Because it’s got all the time in the world.
As you’re coming down the final stretch and racing towards the finish, and there is the stone wall, and you’re not pulling your horse, you’re not stopping, but in fact accelerating. That’s the way I see the use of what you call resources. You’re using them faster than they’re reproducing. And you’re headed towards that disaster, and none of you are pulling your horse.
And every day that you don’t do what’s right is a day that you’ve lost an option. And you’re losing your options every day. No tree grows by itself. A tree is a community. Certain trees, certain plants will gather around certain trees. And certain medicines will gather around those certain plants. So that if you kill all the trees, if you cut all the trees, you’re not just destroying a tree, you’re destroying a whole community that surrounds it and thrives on it, and that may be very important medicine for people or for animals. So you’ve lost a community, and if you clear-cut, which is what’s happening in America and Canada a great deal these days, and around the world, then you are really a very destructive force.
And simply replanting trees is not replanting community. You’ve lost a lot in the process. You don’t understand that, but you will. And that understanding comes in a very difficult manner. And of the hundred dominant economic units in the world today, the hundred largest economic units — and that’s the word they use, “units” — 49 are countries and 51 are corporations. Now, digest that for a second. What does that mean? It means that corporations are the driving force of decision making today. And corporations are not concerned with human rights. They’re not concerned with human life. They’re not concerned with even the proper wage for the people that are working for them. So what kind of decisions are going to be made on our behalf by this economic power — these “corporate states,” I call them.
There’s going to be hell to pay, as they say, for some of the things that are going on now. So I think that people have to become aware and awake. Power is always in the people’s hands. They need to come up with one mind and they need to challenge the values that are being shoved at them today. Because this has become a consumer society that’s driven by economics. It’s not driven by common sense. You know it’s not good sense to follow somebody just because, why? You can’t give me an answer as to why you are going to follow him? It’s something like jumping off of a cliff. Would you follow him? Use your sense. Use your common sense. Everyone should be their own leader. In other words, do your thinking for yourself.
And we look about for allies. We look about for friends. We look about for people who will understand and agree with those mandates of peace. And we are now placing in your hands all life. And it is your responsibility and it is your duty to look after all life. And so when he was speaking like that, he wasn’t talking about our aunts and our uncles and our cousins and our mothers. He was talking about all life. He was talking about the trees. He was talking about the fish, the animals, everything that grows, everything with life. Because it is a family.
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