“Those who will not reason , are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.” ………George Gordon Byron.
” I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something I can do”. ……………………….Edward Everett
The new year approaches and it is the way of many that they will make resolutions, but I think it better to make resolutions each day upon rising, as the things of importance are not dependent on an annual turning of the calendar.
There is a value to in retrospect view the passing year and determine to do better, to be more, but better to in that quiet place when we have laid the day and ourselves to rest to review what has been accomplished and what has been left undone-to then resolve in the coming day when it dawns to address them.
To err is human it has been said, and a notable truth, but I suspect we often lend ourselves to this errancy when immediate results are not forthcoming and our spirits and dedication begin to wane in this expectancy.
It is perseverance in the knowing what is right and what is wrong, and the dogged and determined pursuit of it that eventuates in the corrections and pays the dividend.
A family persevered in the quest for justice for their slain mother for nearly four decades-surely in the midst of this they felt at times despondent, alone, depressed, and fearful.
No doubt there were days that in their coming and going brought with them a sense of futility as well, and yet if this is so they resolved themselves anew in each of those days and persevered, and the sought after dividend has arrived in the conviction of John Graham, and the confession of Thelma Rios.
It is partial recompense, a partial justice, for a life taken and the stones piled upon the lives of this family and the nations in the aftermath. Now it is the interest accrued that is sought and to be collected, demanding payment of those who knew, had an involvement in it, and have gone mute. It is this same perseverance that will prevail again, the same dedication, the same determination that will root those others out of their own excrement where Graham and Rios sought refuge.
This woman Annie Mae was not my mother, nor the mother of the many who champion her, but if there exists so much as a grain of truth in this saying of we are all related that is bandied about now much the same as have a good day, then I say she was as much of my family as that of any who read these words.
If that is true then it pains me to say she was family to those in AIM who participated in any way- ANY WAY-in her abduction, rape, and murder. It is a lie and dirt kicked in the face for any of them to say this thing-we are all related.
Matriarchy and matricide-from the same root word, they chose the latter-and nothing they say now alters the reality of who they are and what has been done.
There is no good work they can do, no cause they can insert themselves into that can be construed as atonement-they can not write enough books, produce enough videos, make enough appearances, re-invent themselves, or disseminate enough propaganda to obscure what has been done for decades.
They are the new Chivingtons and the new Custers, the new Manifest Destiny and Papal Bulls of Discovery who have sought to impose their will-and to the degree that they have equal destruction and chaos has been left in their wake.
Life is in a sense about service or servitude-the definition is determined by the motivation and choice. We are either indentured or independent in this service, and our lives, and those we are in contact with, will be impacted by that.
Some things are simple truths, and in this age of the spin and the marked superficiality of language that spin produces, the simple truths are easily corrupted and too often lost in the onslaught of words.
Fear is a characteristic of forced servitude, the unwillingness to say the right thing for fear of being shunned or labeled, fear justifies the lack of doing or saying the things to be done or spoken.
There is a great value in speaking the truth anywhere, but the greater value is to speak it where it is denied-to have that measure of conviction.
And in response to the below linked video I would say………………….
A “paradigm shift” and balance-yes indeed. The Universe as a tabernacle-I wonder if this is the Universe Crow Dog has been named as the professor of?
I have a question-if women are sacred was Annie Mae excluded from that? Was Annie Mae as a mother considered less than sacred? Who was it that sustained Annie’s life, and why is it that those who would be teachers have no words for her?
In all this rambling about matriarchy is nothing to be said for her, for all the abused women in Pine Ridge and every other rez? What a disgusting farce that increases in direct proportion to the truth and justice as they are revealed and inexorably administered in her behalf.
Truth and justice are the balance, they are the purification so long sought to be denied. A love of matriarchy must I think by it’s nature be a love of justice, a love of balance. A love that seeks to provide and protect, not to endanger or deny the most fundamental of elements like security and well being-not much of that has been seen in four decades.