“to live in this world
you must be able
to do three things
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go…”
— Mary Oliver
It’s only a matter of time until what Europeans call
“a major catastrophe of global proportions” will occur.
It is the role of American Indian peoples, the role of all natural beings, to survive.
A part of our survival is to resist.
We resist not to overthrow a government or to take political power, but because it is natural to resist extermination, to survive. We don’t want power over white institutions;
we want white institutions to disappear.
American Indians are still in touch with these realities — the prophecies, the traditions of our ancestors. We learn from the elders, from nature, from the powers. And when the catastrophe is over, we American Indian peoples will still be here to inhabit the hemisphere. I don’t care if it’s only a handful living high in the Andes.
American Indian people will survive;
harmony will be reestablished. That’s revolution..
— Russell Means
Our fight is internal. We need to free ourselves at a deep spiritual level, from the bonds of socioeconomic rigidity, religious rigidity, all of these social norms. The greatest power we have is our ability to be silent, and our ability as a species, to become present on multiple levels; spiritual, physical, cognitive, etc.
It’s hard for others to steal your silence. They can only distract you from it. So turn off the TV and sit and listen to nature today. She is free, she can shake off the insults and abuse. She will do life more abundant, more intelligent when the extinction event of humanity is over. If we end the extinction path today, we could stay and play —…