From Gail Johnson
This is about the bigger natural community we are in. Just an excerpt. Perhaps interesting and germane.
By Chief Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of Onondaga nation
Interview from Book, “A Seat at the Table” by Huston Smith 2006 Univ. of Calif. Press p.174
Redeeming the Future
All Indian nations, as far as I know, have this profound understanding of and belief in the Creation. We believe that the Creation was perfect, and the Creation was profoundly diverse, from the smallest creatures to the varieties of bugs, the varieties of plants, the varieties of fish, the varieties of trees, and the varieties of peoples. They were all different, and they were all interconnected, and they were all related.
In fact, what you had was community. You had a world community of life. A life that really existed in what I would call the Great Law of Regeneration. The greatest natural law is the law of regeneration, the ability to regenerate endlessly as long as you maintain the rules of the law, which is variety. So if you tamper with variety then you are challenging the laws of regeneration, which of course means that it’s the human beings who are doing it. Absolutely the only ones who are doing it. They are now challenging the process of life itself. They put themselves in jeopardy now because in our understanding and in our belief, you can never challenge these laws. You can only abide by them. You can only understand them.
But if you challenge natural law and think you are going to change it, then eventually you are going to come to that crisis point where life is not regenerating itself anymore.
One of our Indian leaders said, “Only after you cut the last tree, and only after you’ve caught the last fish, and only after there is nothing left; only then will you realize that you can’t eat coal.