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The next seven generations


Fri, May 16th, 2008
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"Where there is no vision, the people perish." And there are none so blind as those who will not see... or are blinded by fear and greed...."

But, of course, it's "depressing" to watch the documentaries: An Inconvenient Truth or The Planet. Or to watch on TV news the victims of the recent cyclone being tossed donated food and water packages from a plane... only to have their government take control of the donations and thus decide who lives and who dies. Why, that's downright upsetting....Until we change the channel or eat and drink and party ourselves into forgetting about it.

Perhaps the Native Americans' vision of looking ahead seven generations before acting can help us to resist the controllers and the often irreparable damage they are doing. Corporations hire the have-nots (after destroying their sustainable lifestyle) for wages just sufficient to keep them working. (Read Nickel and Dimed.)

Master salesmen and economic hit men study control methods. They learn how to manipulate people, frequently using the emotions of fear or greed or both. They go into a target town (or country) and begin by convincing the city officials and/or school boards that taking out a huge loan to "improve" the city or school will be in their personal best interest (greed) or in their continued employment best interest (fear.) Once the manipulators get control of the money (usually millions in loans), they share the "take" with their cronies... the construction industry and the money-handlers.

Here in Fillmore County, the corporations now are seeing dollar signs where its victimized residents once saw greenery and nature and sustainability. Beaver Township's new industry, Artesian Fresh, now is draining millions of gallons of groundwater for profit. Some school districts are being forced to make cuts even before their new buildings are occupied, and decades before the loan plus interest is repaid.

If we can "see" seven generations hence...or even two or three...will we continue to slash and burn for new buildings, paving over productive farmland and wildlife habitat? Will we allow industry to take our groundwater reserves for their quick profit? Will we allow the education of the next generation to be shortchanged as tax money goes to pay debts rather than for quality programs and optimal class sizes?

Is this the way to pass on to the next generation a vision of humanity moving toward a life of beauty, truth, and spiritual love?

Or will we leave to the future generations a polluted, toxic, and radioactive mess to "live" in? Semi-literate, servile, and dependent on the controllers for food and water? Even for life itself? Will there even BE a seventh generation?

My own vision for myself in whatever hours or years remain in this incarnation is: "Do good if you can, but do no harm." What is your vision? How far does it reach?

"In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." From the Great Law Of The Iroquois Confederacy

Barbara Upton lives in Fountain.

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