Thursday, June 11, 2009

Preservation


"How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them? ...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 our family. All things are connected."

~Chief Seattle of the Suquamish tribe states - 1848

22 comments:

pandave said...

Truer words were never spoken. I keep thinking about how we fight nature, always to our detriment. Why are we so contrary?

Pamela said...

I noted that the ducks I saw had no babies. Hawks, weasels, coyotes .... seems they've taken their toll.

Steffi said...

Great photo and really true words again,Carla!

poetoftheisles said...

Wise philosophy from someone whose wisdom - we of 'today' should all adhere too.

Carla said...

Pandave, We can't really fight nature, can we? Eventually it always wins. Contrary, must be in our genes.

Pamela, Too bad you've not seen any ducklings. Well, there are ample around here to make up for it. Perhaps they will migrate.

Carla said...

Steffi, I'm glad you like the photo. The goslings were so wonderful to see the other morning. They're getting bigger every day.

Peter, We are so slow to embrace what is obvious wisdom. I wonder why.

... Paige said...

That Chief Fella sure knew what he was talking about and yet we still have not heard.

I came to give a shout out to you because that is the least you should get for being tagged by the Funster.

Gosh I hope she doesn't mind me blowing her cover...

mutleythedog said...

Go Chiefy go chiefy go!

The Fool said...

Wise words. Thanks for sharing, Nomad. Interesting aside...as I went looking for the text of this speech I found that during this speech, Chief seattle spoke in the Lushootseed language, and then someone translated his words into Chinook jargon, and finally, a third person translated that into English. No one is really certain what he said. Our gleening of his wisdom is thirdhand...hearsay...fragments of fragments. Our culture is that far removed from such wisdom, and we still have such a long way to go...

JBelle said...

I have always loved this which was a centerpiece of the world's fair when it was here. Is it the native people that only possess true wisdom? guess we'll never know for sure as we are lonnnnng removed from the indigeneous people who truly understood.

we're doomed said...

The Chief was a wise man. We are all part of the circle of life.

Jannie Funster said...

He knew what he was talking about, obviously. And the concept was so well portrayed in Disney's Pocohantas.

And yes, Nature will win out eventually.

P.S. I "tagged" you over at Funster-town. Sorry :) But it might be fun for you.

Mone said...

how true how true

VE said...

Great words. Sadly they were probably spoken as the white man unconnected them...

jillie said...

VERY well stated. This is something we all need to learn and realize! We're becoming victims to our technology. Time to slow down and enjoy watch mother nature has given to us before she takes it away.

Carla said...

Paige, Thanks and that's so sweet.

Mutley, Hurray!

Carla said...

Fool, I can always count on you to find the obscure and interesting facts. Language is such a magical and mystical thing. I think we lose so much when we lose a language.

JBelle, Yes, sadly that is so true. Wisdom is a rare gem these days.

Carla said...

We're Doomed, Yes, I just wish that everyone were able to grasp that fact.

Jannie, Thanks for the tag. Sorry for being so slow to respond. That's life these days.

Carla said...

Mone, Yes, certainly is.

VE, You are most probably right.

Carla said...

Jillie, Well I am watching a massive storm right now, quite amazed that my power hasn't gone out yet.

Envoy-ette said...

So...that's where my geese went! Keep them safe!

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