0 woe, woe,
People are born and die,
we also shall be dead pretty soon ,
let us act as if we were dead
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"I asked my grandfather once
if he could tell me what truth was.
"I don't think I've lived long
enough to know that," he said, "all I know is that without truth
Iktomi, the Trickster, would be the
most powerful being."
Having lived more than half a century, I think
I'm just beginning to gain some
insight into my
Truth is often difficult to distinguish.
Truth can be a gift or
a burden; it can be
Truth frequently eludes our grasp
and we find it difficult to
Truth can at times
hide so well that we can't find it to save ourselves, or it
disguises itself so skillfully that
we walk all over it without knowing.
In the next instance it becomes
plain as day, whether we want it to or not.
In the end we learn we can't live without truth.
"Truth is the marker along
the roads we travel in
life," my grandfather said.
The Red Road, the good or straight way,
has many markers.
If you choose the
Black Road, there is only the
illusion of truth.
be influenced by truth or by illusion.
Two chieftains met on a
plain while their two armies waited.
"I have ten thousand warriors,
skilled with weapons and seasoned by battle. Victory will be mine," said the
first chieftain. "What do you have?"
"Only the truth," replied the
second chieftain. "This war has decimated my people so I face you now with an
army of children.
This truth will either destroy you or glorify you."
The first chieftain returned to camp, where his army stood ready for
He ordered his army to put aside their weapons while
he went into seclusion to ponder the truth
his enemy had spoken.
With the new dawn he sent his chief aide
with gifts of food and an offer
of peace to the army of children.
The chieftain then returned to his
homeland and stood to be judged before his countrymen, fully expecting to be
dishonored for his weakness.
He was, instead made the
also like sunrise and sunset.
We see the sun come up over the eastern
horizon in the morning and then disappear behind the western horizon in the
From the perspective of our existence on a spinning sphere,
the sun appears to "rise" and "set."
In reality the
sun does neither.
Reality is what is, first and foremost, to be
reckoned with on Earth.
Lakota know four seasons cycle in precisely the same order year
Reality is lakes and rivers
freeze in winter and thaw in the spring.
All living things die,
that change is inevitable.
Truth is the result of the trials and
errors of life.
"Without evil, goodness would
be harder to recognize."
"The first casualty of war is
"A bird in the hand
is worth two in the bush."
Some lessons rise out of
the illusions we have
will always prevail over evil."
truth is subjective and subject to
change with new understanding.
"Man was not intended to
If there is a universal human weakness
it is that we want static
Truth consists of two parts.
That which is given and that which is
We Lakota have heard
Iktomi sing several times.
Fort Laramie Treaty Council of
As thousands upon thousands of white emigrants made their way along
the Oregon Trail from Missouri to Oregon and passed through Lakota territory,
the US peace commissioners told us, "They are only passing through and need
only as much room as the width of their wagon wheels."
The Fort Laramie
Treaty of 1868
Establishment of the Great Sioux Reservation - the
entire western half of the current state of South Dakota - for "as long as the
sun shall rise, as long as the rivers shall flow, as long as the grasses shall
We took on the worst our "conquerors" could throw and
are still standing.
The cognitive illusion is that we are part of the
past - something to be studied, analyzed, measured, dissected, and ultimately
The truth is we are still a viable culture with traditions,
customs, and values.
The idea of death is avoided and
most feared by American society.
Death, an American taboo, is the
standard against which all is measured.
References to death are made in
hushed and apprehensive tones.
Visit a cemetery and
confirm the general state of denial about
Funeral directors sell coffins to "protect your loved one for
ages to come."
cement crypts and mausoleums are used for the same reason.
Logically, we are at least
apprehensive about anything we don't know.
People fear death when they
fail to understand the reality of consciousness.
The truth about
death is simple. It will happen.
Nothing is more inevitable, no matter
how vigorously we deny it or fight it.
We can fight to live, but we
will always lose the fight against death.
A profound and reassuring
truth about death is that it is a part of life.
Life begins with
birth and ends with
Death is the great equalizer connecting all living
Iktomi, on the other hand, presents illusion as truth, and
Beware of Iktomi."
adapted from Joseph M.
Marshall, Keep Going: The Art of Perseverance
Joy goes hand in hand with
It is thanks to the shadow
that we exist.
We must not dream of
an absurd abstraction.
We must guard the bond that links us to blood and earth.
a great mixture.
We are more than we believe."
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