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The Indigenous World Vs The Western World View

Society & Culture  (tags: Indigenous World View, Western World View, First Nations, Environment, nature )

- 1572 days ago -
How we see the world determines how we act. Western thought sees us at war with each other over resources. Indigenous philosophy, we are all related as individuals in balance with nature.


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David F (14)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 5:54 am
" Humans belong to Earth. Earth does not belong to humans. " -- Tatanka IYotaka (Sitting Bull)

Animae C (506)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 6:33 am
The nucleus of western tradition/thought is GREED,
which disastrously annihilates Ultimate Truth, as lived by Indigenous cultures.

Thank You Dandelion

Birgit W (160)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 12:55 pm
We are all one, and are all connected if we want to or not. It is about time that people wake up and realize this truth.

Charlene Rush (79)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 1:42 pm
While humans strove to make the Earth more habitable, we weren't intelligent enough to realize the damage that we inflicted along with it.

Athena F (131)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 2:47 pm
thank you

Edwin M (346)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 4:03 pm
Thank you Sheryl

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 5:06 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 5:18 pm
Noted. Many thanks for posting, Dandelion.

Sheila D (194)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 6:01 pm
This should be shown to all middle schoolers, then discussed how they would change things when they got older. Wonderful lessons here, but a shame we of the Western World had to screw up so badly. Wonder if there's any exact point that could be found where we went so wrong...doubtful, it was gradual, and we all bought into the "American Dream" for way too long.

S J (130)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 8:38 pm
Very interesting video indeed, I ll share to my friends and show to kids as many as I can. Thank you very much, Dandelion

Bryan S (105)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 8:40 pm
I agree GGma Sheila, young people need to understand this reality instead of just being told to do well in this current destructive system. That's a good question about when things went wrong and probably has to do with when the system of empire became a dominating force in humanity.

Myka B (56)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 9:20 pm
thanks Dandelion, you always have such profound and pertinent articles...

Judy C (91)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 9:22 pm
Western man is mentally ill, due to a separation from the natural world. They talk about Nature as something separate from themselves. It seems like they have just enough intelligence to be dangerous, especially as it is divorced from wisdom, and even common sense. Thanks for posting this, Dandelion. I'll show this to my granddaughter, who is 11.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 9:50 pm
Noted and shared. Loved this video.

I, too, think the suggestion made to show this video to children in a teaching atmosphere where critical thinking is encouraged would be a wonderful thing to see. Mind you, I won't hold my breath, but it would be wonderful if it actually did happen.

I can hear the right-wingers though, screaming about how their child was being taught socialism in school ... blah, blah, blah ... just the same way they went crazy at the one school or schools (think it was in CA) where yoga and meditation were being taught. They went insane over it; and that was yoga and meditation for goodness sakes.

What this teaches is socialism, which in the United States, anyway, equates to communism, marxism, natzism and any other "ism" you can name. People in this country, for the most part, live in fear; and maybe that's the norm in the world these days. There's just so much fear of everything. It's very sad, that in the 21st century, mankind finds itself in a seemingly perpetual state of fear.

I thought the concept about, what did it say? "having enough?" That's the problem in a nutshell with these capitalist pigs ... GREED! They simply cannot get or have enough. And I'm fairly certain, they are behind the fear mongering.


Millie O'Connor (149)
Friday June 6, 2014, 12:42 am
Thanks, Sheryl!

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday June 6, 2014, 3:59 am
Guess we have something to learn,thanks Sheryl.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday June 6, 2014, 5:10 am

Angelika R (143)
Friday June 6, 2014, 7:02 am
Thanks for the wisdom Sheryl, to those in comments as well.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday June 6, 2014, 8:39 am
I would say you most likely were 100% correct in your comment Susan A. Those behind all of this, who this is for now, a system working for them, must convince as many as they can that this IS the best system. The right wing has latched onto that with a firm grip and they push out the fear that a change to what "use to be common" is not a good thing. We can only keep trying our best to bring forth the wisdom of the ages, for it was true wisdom, the rest is self destruction on a roll.

Anne F (17)
Friday June 6, 2014, 10:55 am
Listen to the 13 grandmothers and bask in Enoughness

B Lewenza (76)
Friday June 6, 2014, 4:59 pm
Noted thanks Dandelion Wonderful video and right on target. American greed has totally destroyed us, there is nothing natural anymore, everything is massed produced or over produced, everyone has to keep us or past the Jones's, your house is big so mine has to be bigger and better. Meanwhile the vast land that is used for all these, large large plants that spew carbons into our air, the earth is totally unbalanced is there any hope? If future generations are taught what to do right, maybe here in Ontario this is taught in our grade schools and they participate in earth day every year. But how many will carry on is the problem? Will they follow suit with our destructive ways? Let's hope not.

Animae C (506)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 2:37 am
In response to GGmaSheila's comment;
"Wonder if there's any exact point that could be found where we went so wrong..."

It would have to be the industrial revolution, going from hand production methods to machines, steam power, chemical manufacturing, etc.
It did make life 'easier' but we have now gone to the extreme, where lack of physical movement is the greatest human killer (cardiovascular disease).
We must moderate, find balance.


Kerstin Strobl (371)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 4:29 am
Thank you

Natalie Away J (125)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 11:41 am
What impacted me was Indigenous people have much less space on the earth but they have 80% biodiversity - because they respect the earth around them. We can all learn from indigenous people. Thanks Sheryl.

Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 12:01 pm
We sure can, and if there was ever a model of how to do it correctly verses not doing so this is it. As the video said, this isn't a coincidence.

Caitlin M (104)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 3:01 pm
It always rankles me when I hear someone say [about us humans], "We're not animals!" Well, yes we are animals and should fit into the natural world as do the other animals on the planet. The indigenous peoples have always understood this and honored the interconnectedness of all of us on the ladder of life from pea to people. I'm not sure which is the "higher" stratum... the pea or the people! Thanks again, Dandelion.
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