I am convinced that the tribalism and lack of unity in the past played a large role in the realities the nations have had to contend with.
If this unity had been evidenced as is being demonstrated today related to DAP the landscape we live in might well be entirely different.
This unity is a thing to build on and may be the only way in which our voices will be heard and acted upon.
As a people, as nations, we are obliged to address current issues and inequities, and we should not forget in this diligence that with an eye to the future we are creating an inheritance for our children and all who follow – the children of all nations.
We speak of fossil fuels and water as though being fossil fuels and water, we say water is life and it is, but I remember the words of a grandfather who said to me both are the blood of the land – they are our mother’s blood just as our blood runs through our veins, and being born of this common mother no single nation has a proprietary claim as this blood knows no boundaries others than those constructed by man, nor is it the responsibility of a single nation to respond.
So it is just that the nations unite, for we have lost, had stolen, ceded, sold, or leased too much and paid a terrible price as the result.
We are a people who populate the length and breadth of this entire hemisphere – if we remember that and act accordingly we cannot be denied.
There is a family bound in unity and common goals who share a great respect and love for each other.
No sense of ownership,no competition,and believe the common welfare to be the priority.
In the home where they reside is a bowl where money earned is placed with the understanding that any who have a need should take what is required – whether it is to pay a bill, for something personal, or whatever it may be.
In this home there is a two and half year child, who along with his younger brother are everyone’s focus.
One day during a trip to town this young boy found a five dollar bill and offered it to his parents who told him it was his, so he stuffed it in his pocket and went on about taking the sights in and having a good time as only a child can.
Later upon returning home he asked to be lifted up to where the money bowl sits, and when he was he dug the five dollar bill out of his pocket, which also often enough yields a piece of jerky, peanuts from his grandfather, or even something from the garden, and dropped it into the bowl.
Some will say at his age he doesn’t understand the meaning of money, or the purpose and significance of pooling resources…. that may be true, but whether the act of this child was mimicry or based upon his own understanding of sharing it is a good sign, a sign that he will grow into a man with a good heart, a man who cares and is willing to share.
A man grounded in the traditional understanding of balance and family…..I don’t think a parent could ask for much more.