Glimpses of Wholeness
In today's environment, we need to hear again the timeless words of Chief Seattle.
We are part of the earth and it is part of us . . . The perfumed flowers are our sisters; the deer, the horse, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices of the meadows, the body heat of the pony, and human beings all belong to the same family . . . The shining water that moves in the streams and rivers is not just water but the blood of our ancestors . . . The rivers are our brothers, they quench our thirst . . . The air is precious to the red man, for all things share the same breath—the animal, the tree, the human, they all share the same breath . . . The air shares its spirit with all the life it supports. The winds that gave
our grandfather his first breath also receives his last sigh . . . What are people without animals? If all the animals were gone,
humans would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the animals soon happens to the people. All things are connected. This we know. The earth does not belong to human beings; human beings belong to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth. We do not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
– attributed to CHIEF SEATTLE
(©1780-June 7, 1866)