18 July 2012

"We All Belong to One Family"

Sharing this from one of my favorite (and highly recommended!) Blog sites, The Imaginative Conservative.

Live Your Life that the Fear of Death can Never Enter Your Heart
So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home. -Attributed to Chief Tecumseh

Tecumseh was a notable leader of an alliance of Native American tribes, He envisioned the Native American people living in harmony with the people settling in Canada and America by establishing sovereign nations among all Indian Tribes.  Too many British, Colonials, and other Tribes disagreed. More quotes by Tecumseh can be found here.

"Brothers, we all belong to one family; 
we are all children of the Great Spirit; 
we walk in the same path; slake our thirst at the same spring; 
and now affairs of the greatest concern lead us to smoke the pipe around the same council fire! 
Brothers, we are friends; we must assist each other to bear our burdens."

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