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Iroquois Wisdom The Rest of Us Missed

Iroquois Wisdom The Rest of Us Missed

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Published by Bill Allin
Today in western countries young people are enslaving themselves voluntarily by committing themselves to pay back loans that can extend over decades.
Today in western countries young people are enslaving themselves voluntarily by committing themselves to pay back loans that can extend over decades.

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Published by: Bill Allin on Oct 30, 2006
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In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on thenext seven generations.- Iroquois Nation MaximWho in the world does that? Well, the Iroquois, for one.Assuming one generation at 25 years, seven generations would be 175 years. Thereis likely something mystical about the number seven to the Iroquois, but leavethat aside.Governments today are not likely to plan ahead one generation let alone seven. Whynot one generation? The reins of power would likely have changed hands a few timesduring that period.People in western countries want immediate gratification, no matter what the costin the future. What heroes of the international corporate community the heads ofWorldCom and Enron were for a few short years.Most major crimes are committed for a short term goal.The new government of Canada abrogated its commitment to the internationalcommunity by walking away from the Kyoto Protocol, an agreement its predecessorwas one of the first in the world to sign. The new government has a new plan--abetter plan! The new plan won't need to be evaluated until 2050, by which time allthe present government representatives will be dead.House mortgages can now run 30 to 35 years, most of the working lifespan of ayoung person just leaving college. Major (expensive) new vehicle purchases canhave loans that run for seven or more years, longer than most people want to ownthe same vehicle. People who make such commitments indenture themselvesvoluntarily for large portions of their working lives, without giving their futuremuch thought.Returning to the Iroquois quotation, how would this maxim be passed along throughthe generations so that it could be followed? This saying, like all suchstatements of collected wisdom, would be passed to younger generations when theywere children.In the absence of teaching of collected wisdom to all children today, we havesituations where people, in effect, enslave themselves or imprison themselves forshort term gain.No matter how many parents and grandparents pass the collected wisdom of theirfamilies down to children as they should, the messages are not reaching enoughkids today.The only way to ensure that the same wise lessons reach everyone is to include itin school curriculum.This is where I will stop because I will otherwise be accused of promoting mybook, which has the answers and solutions to these problems. Accused by those whohave no interest in making the lives of the younger generation better than theyhad themselves. Or maybe they have a vested interest in keeping children ignorantso that they can be hoodwinked the way many of their parents have been.Bill Allin'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,'striving to get the word out to as many as possible before our countries impoversh

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