ADVICE from a Cherokee Indiangreenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
"Remain Close to the Great Spirit. Show great Respect for your fellow beings. Give Assistance and Kindness where-ever needed. Be Truthful and Honest at all times. Do what you know to be right. Look after the well-being of anybody. Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with Respect. Take Full Responsibilities for your Actions. Dedicate a Share of your Efforts to the Greater Good. Work Together for the Benefit of all mankind."
I have only a drop of Cherokee blood in me, (mostly Irish and German) but I believe one doesn't have to be Cherokee to live by their words.
-- Julie Stansbery (Flyer@Primenet.com), April 25, 1999
A model for the world to work from.
Alas, 90% of people cannot (willnot) follow these simple guidelines y2k will unmask them.
best to you,
-- Bob Pilcher (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 25, 1999.
This is also the teaching of Jesus, and Eastern religions (Karma).
Good advice, but I have a hard time doing it...
-- Anonymous99 (Anonymous99@Anonymous99.xxx), April 25, 1999.
It's amazing that we can talk to each other across whatever differences in space and thoughts exist -- Internet seems like a gift in these days for us to reach out!
Something about the Indian (Native American) wisdom is hitting me these days. The simplest statements are all that's striking me as true now. The computer complexities are going down -- going right past my overloaded brain. y2k is going to be a brain vacation if you let it.
Something about living on this land that we never quite got permission to occupy. If you contact the spirit of the people that lived here (not saints, not heroes, just people like us) in these months of passage (with or without computer crisis), you may feel at home here, you may let yourself survive here.
You are no better or worse than they -- the past is past -- but if you carry on the Spirit, well then, it's as good as if.....
Still dancin' that Ghost Dance...
-- jor-el (email@example.com), April 26, 1999.
Wonderful book on this theme: 'In the Absence of the Sacred' by the improbably named Jerry Mander. Talks in depth about the destruction of the indigenous people's way of life the world over by technology run rampant, and argues persuasively that society as a whole needs to study the effects of new technology (computers, genetic engineering, nanotech) before rushing to embrace it. With computers, it may be too late: the abyss beckons.
-- Spidey (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 26, 1999.