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Chief Luther Standing Bear: Wherever forests have not been mowed down

Chief Luther Standing Bear: Wherever forests have not been mowed down
 
Photo: An Arapaho man. Ca. 1880-1900.
 

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“Wherever forests have not been mowed down, wherever the animal is recessed in their quiet protection, wherever the earth is not bereft of four-footed life - that to the white man is an 'unbroken wilderness.'

But for us there was no wilderness, nature was not dangerous but hospitable, not forbidding but friendly. Our faith sought the harmony of man with his surroundings; the other sought the dominance of surroundings.

For us, the world was full of beauty; for the other, it was a place to be endured until he went to another world.

But we were wise. We knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard.”



(Chief Luther Standing Bear)
 

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Recommended Reading:

'Man and Nature: The Spiritual Crisis in Modern Man'
By Seyyed Hossein Nasr (Author)

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Description:

This work from one of the world's leading Islamic thinkers is a spiritual tour de force which explores the relationship between the human being and nature as found in many religious traditions, particularly its Sufi dimension. The author stresses the importance of a greater awareness of the origins of both the human being and nature as a means of righting the imbalance that exists in our deepest selves and in our environment.
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