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  •  I have often (7+ / 0-)

    thought that we would be much better off if we went back to Indian way of living in harmony with  nature instead of raping it!  

    " We're all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can."................Will Rogers

    by tvdude on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 01:09:23 PM PDT

    •  Elements of Our Constitution Were Borrowed (9+ / 0-)

      from Iriquois'.

      One way we're far behind Natives is in having no fundamental mechanisms to deal with limits and shortages, either government or economy. Historically any time the west hits a limit, it goes and grabs more, whether resources or territory or waste capacity or new ways to expand what we have.

      Native traditions all around the world have traditions that anticipate living within shortages, and governing with respect to long term time horizons. Some for example require making decisions with the 7th generation in mind.

      Now with Native farming and hunting traditions we probably couldn't support more than maybe 50 to 100 million people within the US boundaries, and there's probably no way to fit modern era resource usage and much of modern medicine into that way of life.

      But climate change is forcing western civ for the first time, maybe ever, to face an absolute, hard limitation. There's no extra atmosphere we can pump out of the ground or go capture from somewhere else, no planet where we can send our CO2, we don't even have a credible plan for burying CO2 the same ways the earth does only faster.

      Seems there must be things to learn from Native cultures that have so more experience and traditions for limits and with far-sighted planning.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 01:17:36 PM PDT

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