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Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! I am on my mobile version of the door-to-door, going town-to-town holding readings/gatherings/discussions of my book "But What Can I Do?" This is my often neglected blog mostly about my travels since 9/11 as I engage in dialogue and actions. It is steaming with my opinions, insights, analyses toward that end of holding all life sacred, dismantling the empire and eliminating violence while creating the society we want ALL to thrive in

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Sacrifice .. to be continued

I’ve gotten into many arguments over the years with people who think their children, or poor people, or even their own selves are struggling to ‘survive’ – the amerikkkan nitemare being understood if not spelled out in that understanding of survive – and therefore should not be asked to sacrifice their pursuits for ‘survival’.

It has been difficult to urge people they should not pursue the ‘benefits’ brought to us by the amerikkkan nitemare, especially those people outside this country who didn’t grow up with clean water, a change of clothes, extra food in their cupboards for tomorrow, and a roof over their heads.

But putting those people – 85% of the world’s humans – aside for now & just focusing on those of us in the u.s.ofa. who’ve had & have those 4 things, it has been difficult to convince people of the dire need for us to ‘sacrifice’ our amerikkkan nitemare benefits.

I want to share a story I heard last weekend from an indigenous person whose daughter worked with an elder along the coast of Canada. The elder told her of the time her people were looking forward for the return of the salmon, a yearly occurrence timed to the day!

The salmon didn’t return on the day they were supposed to; nor did they come the next day. The following week, the salmon still hadn’t arrived and every day the people went to the river to wait.

Finally, on the very last day of the season, the salmon returned, but there were only a handful. The people all gathered together to decide what to do.

For the sake of the next year, they decided not to harvest any salmon but to allow the salmon to complete their cycle of life so they could be plentiful in the following seasons.

That winter over half of the people died of starvation. But the next season, the salmon returned – and her people survived.

She told us this story to attempt to explain our need to embrace short term loss for long term gain.

As most people raised in this country, we intensely believe in our right as individuals to do and have whatever we want without consideration for either the impact on other people on the planet or the consequences for the next generations.

This indigenous womon stated that her people have to consider the next 7 generations whenever they do anything.

We rarely consider this generation, let alone our children or their children – except when gathering and hoarding things, resources, status for us and them.