The Wisdom of the Native Americans
The inhabitants of this land were not one people. Their customs differed. Their languages differed. Some tilled the earth; others hunted and picked the abundance of the land around them. They lived in different kinds of housing and governed themselves according to different rules.
But they shared in a common belief that the earth is a spiritual presence that must be honored, not mastered. Unfortunately, western Europeans who come to these shores had a contrary belief. To them, the entire American continent was a beautiful but savage land that is was not only their right but their duty to tame and use as they saw fit.
As we enter the twenty-first century, Western civilization is confronting the inevitable results of this European-American philosophy of dominance. We have gotten out of balance with our earth, and the very future of our planet depends on our capacity to restore the balance.