top Contrary Wabeno Twins

The idea that humans developed in a single way, with a shared “beginning” and a shared teleological course of development, is a uniquely Western idea. It is an idea that is seldom, if ever, questioned. Yet none of the other peoples of the world hold to this idea.

An incident that happened some years ago will serve as an illustration. Upon discovery of the ancient tomb in China that contained thousands of replicas of soldiers with their weapons, accompanying possessions, and their horses, an American history magazine featuring a cover depicting the musical instruments found in the tomb. the cover of the magazine proclaimed, “ Our ancient musical heritage.” The “our” in the title was to be understood to stand for “mankind.” The point here is that American readers did not see the find in China as demonstrating the unique cultural heritage of the chinese people. By emphasizing the "mankind‘ aspect, there was an attempt to co-opt the historical significance s of the tomb's content to China.

The accomplishments of the other cultures, particularly as they are distant in time, are claimed to be part of “heritage” of the West. One need only to pick up a child’s “History of the World “ to see that the history of the West begins in the ancient Middle East. The child is taken through a route that begins with Babylon and Sumer, goes through Egypt to Greece and Rome, and culminates with contemporary America. The child need not be faulted if he walked away from such a text believing that coursing through his veins are the memories of having been sumerian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman. All of the histories of the world , he might think, have been the forming ground for his own existence .

Another illustration can be drawn from the charts made up to depict the evolutionary course of “modern” man. the chart will begin with the lemur-like primate and proceed though the apes to the proto-humanoid Australopithecus and on to the Neanderthal and the Cro-Magnon.The chart cumulates with the depiction of the ‘modern” human who is, invariably northern European male. There is never, at the end of the chart, an indigenous to turtle Island, an African, an asian, or even a southern European. Usually the charts depict the creatures prior to the appearance of the northern European male as being smaller in size than the “modern” man. Again, we can not be fault the contemporary seeing this chart for believing that northern European males represent the latest evolutionary stage of the human species.

No other people except those of the west write “history” in such a manner. They may, as has China, have a long recorded history of their own, but they do not presume to be writing “ the history of the world.” Nor do other peoples rush to collect the artifacts of ancient civilizations far from their own lands to house in their museums as the “history of mankind” The Chinese do not house the artifacts of Egypt as part of their “heritage.”

Few westerners would see the act of collecting artifacts of the planet’s people as a bit odd. Their need to document the “history of the world” is seen as a noble act that they alone undertake because others “fail” to see that there is a “history of mankind” to be written.

Westerners have gone so far as to point out the place where “the mother of mankind” was born: assumed in eastern Africa.

top Hollow Horn Bear The Third

"after the invasion of Turtle Island i became Native American"

Adaptation is one of humanities greatest quality.
So Let's see if we can adapt to the changes of the Earth.

Nature sustains life. Hopefully as a conscious and rational being, humans need to understand the importance of Nature and keep Nature as healthy by reducing our dependency on industry as much as possible. It is the planet that has made this beautiful world possible. Hence, there is an ever demanding need globally to re-establish a coexistence with her. Also I have no practical solution in mind, but i do see the necessity for industrial society to collapse, this to me is one of the only solutions!

The natural environment that mankind had before the onset of industrialization, urbanization, and exponential growth in population was expectedly healthy and resilient. Nature was able to replenish the loss of its resources, which was very limited. After the onset of modern civilization, the overall health and efficiency of natural environment started deteriorating gradually and went on to such an extent that nature has virtually lost its natural ability to replenish the loss of resources caused by humans.

Activists, environmentalists, geographers, and biologists the world over are constantly endeavoring for a sustainable solution to restore a sustainable environment. There is a need for focus on environmental issues, and laws governing environment protection in regards to industry and corporations that have violated the sanctity of our Earth Mother.

As for me I feel that humanity should just adapt as best as we can, instead of relying on industry, corporation, and government. As in the past humanity only engages in even more activities to find solutions, we need to accept our fate and what we have done as a collective industrial society and stop thinking we are the center of all life!

top GREEN PAINTED MOUTH

Invasive Culture
Occupation is Progress
Industry is Supremacy
Mass Human Population
Procreation
Creating it's own demise!
The Collapse of Industrial Society is Justified Liberation!
Death is Freedom!
Construct of the human imagination.
Time - what ever else we may believe in is a Theoretical Construct.
Time is a theoretical construct created by humans for their own purposes...
In retrospect, I suppose those fanciful stories and imaginative adventures lift humans from the humdrum of everyday life - one measured by mere seconds and minutes and years.
There is one construct of the mind that built the world we live in today - industrial society.
Instead of just living with nature, the human mind constructed the belief that our minds made us far more Superior to other beings, now this industrialized world that was first thought of in the mind of a human, has now become an existential threat to all life on the planet!

I would much rather do as the free-living animals do!

top Chief Big Head

The future may not turn out the way people hope it will. I feel industrial civilization will destroy itself, over a certain period of time, living condition will decline, i feel that human industrial civilization will bring about a mass extraction, and those who believe they can survive will sarcome to starvation. Some will die in their underground shelters and if they do survive, they will re-emerge to a barren waste land only to pass it on to their children.

I am extremely pessimistic about humanity's ability to remain honest towards themselves and to other living beings. I find it pointless to argue about the out come of humanity. In my opinion industrialized humanity needs to disappear so that what we have now MAY never happen again. I don't trust anyone and i am the wrong person to talk to about a hope for humanity. See the Amazon this is just the beginning, it's sad and i am very angry, because this is where my people come from. (your theory's are just that - I am disgusted by the way industrial humanity has conducted itself).

I feel it will take a few hundred years of suffering... for all living beings - this is where extinction becomes a blessing.

Currently there are fires burning in different parts of the world. The beginning of the end has started, everything that is happening now all over the world, in the coming future will only get worse!

top Totok of the Kriny Tribe

My Home is Burning !

top Kayapo Child

Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost.

top Pachatata Ota - Child of the Brazilian Rainforest

The animal agriculture industry, for obvious reason, connects the entire world to planetary degradation, and all other smaller animal farms are part of the complexity of this dysfunctional system. Human greed for animal products is the plague of the Natural World!... Because of the philosophical worldview of Human Exceptionalism, which influences the way people see and relate to animals and the planet - most consumers of animal products will not understand this and because of deliberate ignorance will openly deny the need to abolish the animal agriculture industry.

Eating MEAT is not a vestige of freedom but a representation of death of the Free-living - The Animals, Tribal Peoples, Insects, Nature and ultimately Earth, have been or are in the process of being destroyed and or commodified!

Commodification is not freedom and i feel that the most simplest of the thinking mind can understand this.

"Human Exceptionalism is the belief that human beings have special status based on their unique capacities, is a false view and has serious consequences because of how we (or at least some of us) conduct ourselves when we view ourselves as members of a distinct species in relation to other species and Earth as a whole". (SB)

The animal agriculture industry is the reason the Brazilian Rainforest is on fire, and the very reason other tribal homelands have been and are in the midst of being destroyed.

top Sanctimonious Hypocritical Civilization

Indigenous peoples throughout history have fought and died to resist the forceful encroachment of civilization into their lives. This struggle continues today, as the "uncivilized" are pushed closer and closer to the edge of survival by the "civilized" all over the world, and the Scientific and technological imbalance between us continues to expand and create a sociological divide that renders us unable to understand each other on even a basic level.

top Trajectory

There is no LEADER of HOPE that can change the current trajectory we are on, the progression of degradation that is in motion is now way beyond our control. Every Living Being will suffer and extreme planetary degradation is the future - thank you Western industrial civilization for that revolutionary destiny that you manifested from your sick and selfish, greedy minds.

Your civilizing process is a lie, that you actually believe in!

top Chief Sidebyeach

When humans were tribal and horticultural, we had the least impact on the planet. Now humanity is a massive industrious society, and have rapidly gown to approximately seven and a half billion, so now we are systematically destroy our mother. This is not progress nor is it evolutionary. It would only be right by our Earth Mother to maintain balance, how ever that may be - with a massive storm, open up the ozone, an endless winter, flooding, drought or fire how ever it maybe!

Earth is a living entity and she will take care of herself, so we humans will have to accept the inevitable and adapt! We maybe, by force reduced to a state similar to when we were tribal or cease to exist.

The strongest may survive for a while. Then they, too, will succumb to the changing Earth and be lost.

Western industrial society and their expansionist billionaires need to be destroyed, the planet is suffering because of its greed!

There will be no coexistence or peace if this does not happen.
Violence is the answer, how do you think the dominant culture became the dominant culture, and now they are using state sanctioned violence to maintain the position as the dominent culture in the world.

Western culture and especially its industrialization of the conquered world (industrial revolution) is dysfunctional and destructive - highly abnormal are its systems it utilizes to govern and to rule over lands, animals and people that are very capable of being self-sufficient. Western industrial civilization to date, has proven itself in a way that we now have planetary degradation, becoming a existential threat to all life on the planet!

To defend it, how ever that maybe, is to rationalize an ever growing cancer that will one day cause death.