One of the most beautiful poems I have ever read. It is such a shame that so few of us live our lives with these principles. We all think we have the answers and so many of us push our own beliefs and agendas on to others. This of religion and how intrusive it is in the lives of people who have never asked for it. Think of the censorship imposed upon so many millions by so few, and the injustices that go on every day in the world. We are a superior creature in so many ways, yet we are the most destructive in so many others. Hunter Thompson wrote in “Rum Diaries” that ” humans are the only creatures on earth that claim a God, and the only living thing that live like it hasn’t got one.” That pretty much sums up our existence and when you see the direction that we are headed it is very clear that we aren’t going to be around for much longer in the grand scheme of things. I have hope, but the cynic in me thinks we’re fucked.
The Most Famous of the Writings of Chief Tecumseh
“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”
Tecumseh was a Native American leader of the Shawnee.