Native American Wisdom - Oren Lyons - The abuse of power
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Oren Lyons – Native American Onondaga from an address given to the United Nations in 1977
[From Native American Wisdom [Sacred texts]
Power is not manifested in the human being. True power is in the Creator. If we continue to destroy the source of our lives, then our children will suffer … I must warn you that the Creator made us all equal with one another. And not only human beings, but all life is equal.
The equality of our life is what you must understand and the principles by which you must continue on behalf of the future of this world. Economics and technology may assist you, but they will also destroy you if you do not use the principles of equality. Profit and loss mean nothing to future generations…
I do not see a delegation for the four footed. I see no seat for the eagles. We forget and we consider ourselves superior, but we are after all a mere part of the Creation.
We must continue to understand where we are. We stand between the mountain and the ant, somewhere and there only, as part and parcel of the Creation. It is our responsibility, since we have been given the minds to take care of these things.
The elements and the animals and the birds, they live in a state of grace. They are absolute, they can do no wrong. It is only we, the two leggeds, that can do this.
And when we do this to our brothers, to our own brothers, we do the worst in the eyes of the Creator.