Books and reading, what a personal boon they have been to me – vehicles that have opened doors to a larger world, replaced question marks with periods or exclamation points and facilitated the ability to understand the nature of this world we now live in. But more than that gave me what was needed to compete and recognize the bs whether on paper or verbally for what it is.
Seems as though I’m on something of a mission now encouraging others to read, stressing the importance of reading and an education for children, that it’s never too late for adults to pursue the same.
Books get passed to me, I read them and in turn pass them on – a give away in a sense that in doing so a greater value exists, a lasting value, more than a meal.
When it comes to what we own nothing may be more valuable than knowledge we have acquired.
I emphasize ownership as we do not own spouses, partners, children, or family, we share and are participants in life with them – in the construction of a specific life.
Like it or not we live in a competitive world inspite of Russell Means delusional claims that indigenous people don’t compete and there is no evidence of pre Colombian inter tribal warfare.
Our history is replete with competition just as the histories of others are, and it is competition in the market and job place that will facilitate an economic well being among our communities.
Education is the key to both success and survival in the world we now find ourselves in – not being on the government dole, nor soliciting grants and donations.
Sovereignty begins and ends with self reliance or the absence of it, no one dependent is sovereign, no one dependent is free, no one dependent can ever truly be their own person.
As a people we are handicapped by battles lost and treaties signed, by the emergence of the presence and influence of alcohol, drugs, gangs, rampant poverty, health related issues, and the erosion of traditions and our natural habitat.
All symptomatic manifestations of an independent people become dependent. Does anyone see a benefit in prolonging more of the same? Has this history of confinement and dependency taught us nothing?
Is it enough to survive life for x number of years rather than live it?
You don’t like to read, you don’t like school ? You’re not unique in that, I didn’t either, but do you like the current reality better? Is it the reality you want for your children?
If reading is difficult get a dictionary as I did, if you haven’t a job skill learn one, learn as many as you can so there’s always something to fall back on. If you encounter racism on the job, compete, work harder until they have to choke on their own ignorance and bias.
Become skilled enough in whatever work you do that it will allow you to work independently, that others will coming seeking you and the ability you have.
If you do these things pay it forward, extend your hand to lift another – strong vibrant communities are built in that way – communities that can take care of their own, communities that produce strong children grounded and equipped to go out on their own and succeed when the time arrives.
Work is the modern day hunting and gathering, the way to provide. What kind of “warrior” is willing to be dependent, willing for his family and children to be? Willing to abandon his own children and the woman who gave birth to them? Willing to give up and accept anything as that’s just the way it is?
What kind of “warrior” man or woman is willing to wallow in drugs and alcohol while their children do without?
What kind of “warrior(s)” pimps the poverty of their own to enrich themselves?
We can talk all we want about what is owed to us, but we need to start talking about what we owe ourselves and future generations – and I see only two choices….dependency or self reliance.