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Elder Wisdom

Within the tribal structure you often had people who displayed the riches of their society. However, they were never the chiefs, the peacemakers, the medicine people, or the ceremony leaders.

Those people were among the poorest because they lived as examples of the "giveaway". The sharing of what you have with others whose needs are greater than yours. The tribe supported them knowing that most of what was given to them for their work would, in turn, be given back to the tribe.

Too bad that today's politicians, MDs, religious leaders, and NGO leaders don't follow this example. Perhaps we need to choose our leaders based on how they live rather then what they say. Perhaps more people need to show the way. I try to do so.

Big Tree 9/19/2016


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