Believe What You Like But Know What You Must

People are free to be consumed with contemplating their existence, their origins, the origins of the universe, supreme beings, controllers of destiny or anything else. But solving "the Great Mystery" is neither a requirement of being Ohnkwe Ohnwe nor does it provide a path to righteousness. I maintain that spirituality does not require faith or the leaps that faith requires but rather awareness. If it helps to believe that "God has a plan" and we just must have faith that "He" knows what "He" is doing, then walk that path. My interest is in taking the mystery out of life by pointing to the obvious that is ignored everyday in the midst of fanatical ideology and the sometimes not too subtle influences of promoting beliefs over knowledge. I have said it before: “beliefs are what you are told, knowledge is what you experience”. I support a culture that prepares us to receive knowledge and to live a life with purpose. I am certainly not suggesting there is only one way to do that.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

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Anonymous said... June 12, 2009 8:53 PM

Hannah Arendt, a German-Jewish political theorist, determined that the use of violence and force were signs of weakness. A truly powerful people would not have to resort or stoop to such needs. Our use of civil disobedience cuts at the core necessity of an oppressive state; the need for obedience. We don't have to stand together to fight, only to resist, only to stop obeying the oppressors. Those among us that insist on preaching the rightness of US and Canadian law are only serving those that would do us harm and seek to eliminate us as a distinct people. Not one shot needs to be fired, not one punch thrown. In '97, it wasn't so much the violent confrontations as much as it was the potential for conflict that turned things in our favor.
The next road or bridge or train that is disrupted should not lead to injuries, to us or them. I hope the next time, our people disperse only to reassemble later or in a different location. They are weak. They need the violence. Our strength is that we are home. We can kiss our kids, grab a bite, catch some Z's and come back to disobey some more. It costs us nothing and them millions.
So I say go ahead block the hi-way and when their fifty cruisers show up, go home and take a nap. We'll see you later at the next one.


Anonymous said...

Quite so. They are hoping that the hotheads among us will give them the pretext to come in, ostensibly to restore peace, but really to devastate us. As long as we remain peaceable, we are in control. For that gives them only the choice either to make an unpremeditated attack on us, as they did Thursday, or to go home. And if, as the previous writer suggests, people are wise to go home when the vehicles arrive and come back when they are gone, giving them no target to launch their hatred at, then we show the warrior wisdom our ancestors evidenced so well.

Anonymous said...

The other choice is to keep an unwarrantable police presence in the area for an uncomfortably long time. This actual;ly accomplishes two things. It costs them a ton of money that they must justify to their people at some point. And it draws media attention, which is the exact point in doing the demonstrations in the first place.