Love your Mother. April 23, 2008Posted by ourfriendben in Uncategorized, wit and wisdom.
Tags: Chief Seattle, Earth Day, famous quotes
It’s me, Richard Saunders of Poor Richard’s Almanac fame, here today to give you a little food for thought in honor of Earth Day. (And I agree with the bumper sticker that says “Earth Day is every day.” For all our sakes, it had better be!)
I’ll start out with some excerpts from the famous speech made by Chief Seattle of the Suquamish in 1854. There are several versions of the speech, and a great deal of argument about what Seattle actually said. But to me, this is detracting from the point, which is the soul-piercing nature of the great leader’s comments. So let’s forget the controversy and listen to the words:
“Man did not weave the web of life—he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
“What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of the spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected.
“Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.
“This we know: the earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected.
“The earth is precious to Him [God], and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator.”
(Our friend Ben, who is once again here reading over my shoulder, feels especially strongly about this last point. Our friend Ben doesn’t understand how someone can claim to worship God Creator on one hand while desecrating the creation on the other.)
As you might imagine, Mahatma Gandhi also had a point to make in this regard. He said: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Food for thought, eh? Let me end this post with a great quote from a bumper sticker offered by the Northern Sun catalog (www.northernsun.com), a compendium of truly great earth-friendly merchandise: “Don’t bite the land that feeds you.” I think that pretty much says it all. But if you all have any great earth-friendly quotes to share, I’d love to hear them! So please write in with your faves.