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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Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Good Trip to Albany

I think my appearance on The Capitol Pressroom went pretty well. Check it out for yourself and offer your comments both here on Native Pride and on the podcast.

I also took the opportunity to meet with the staffs of Senators Kennedy (D) and Maziarz (R) while they did battle in the Senate Chamber over the state budget. The basic request I made of both Senators and my charming host was to assist me in flushing out the true intent of the Taxation and Finance Department. Their claim that they simply intend to precollect state excise tax on cigarettes coming to Native retailers for resale is false and disengenuous. Beyond the problems that this "simple" proposition represents is a much bigger one that scarcely anyone is talking about and that is what the state plans to do about Native brands. Check out this show and my weekly show on WECK to get the low-down on this issue and the collision course the state is on with us. Also take a look at the previous post below for more information on what I brought to Albany.

My thanks to Rick Jemison for joining me on the trip and doing a great job representing the Seneca Free Trade Association.

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