A pair of messages for Graduating Students at CNU

Here’s the one minute version by Jim Carrey. Got this off of …belikewater.wordpress.com another great BLog, and he got it off of Youtube:

and this longer speech, which has been used in printed form in more than one upper level class here at Chonnam National University.



This one and Carrey’s quick jolt to action make sense.

Follow Your Dreams

My family lived in the Haudenosaunee “Chosen Place” in the summer. It is called Canandaigua. In that place many tales from the past continued. The tale of the Great White Snake, the Tales of Handsome Lake, the spiritual leader who preached a way for Natives and Europeans to get along, and some of the rules that were sacred to the Native Americans the French labeled Iroquois.

One rule was that all major decisions were “tossed across the fire” until everyone agreed that the right decision was made. It meant that a 12-year-old, lacrosse-playing novice could be the lone hold out about a major decision, and until his mind was swayed, the decision was on hold. This type of consensus may be impossible in today’s “democracy” but what’s going on in democracy in the USA is a long way from the Federalist Papers idea of democracy.

The US System of government, was, in fact modeled after the Iroquois version, in which tribes, clans and individuals could petition the decisions.

It’s been a long time since citizen Ralph Nader or anyone else, like Mr. Brady (see failed anti-gun legislation) was taken seriously by government, if their proposals meant even the slightest less profit, and even the slightest more sharing of wealth, or preserving the environment, or bringing back mass transportation in the 70 cities in which GM, Firestone and Standard Oil conspired to buy up the local trains and replace them with busses (eventually of course, cars became the nearly exclusive transportation vehicles.)

Nader’s Environmental Protection Agency has become a politicized laboratory doing testing on animals. Ooops.

1) FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS : there was only one crime I know of that was punished by banishment from a tribe (a de facto death penalty) back in the day. And that was against those who failed to follow their dreams. Compare this to today’s corporate culture in which following your dreams (except in the most enlightened places) is pretty much disallowed. Why was this so important? Because those who do NOT follow their dreams become a drain on society. They are bitter, angry and maybe even become insane when their dreams are denied. And why would one deny their dreams in a culture that hardly had money at all? Who knows, maybe for love. Maybe they fell in love with someone who INSISTS that they follow not their own dream, but their lover’s dream. Well both could get kicked out then I guess.

We live in a time when form the first day of elementary school, students are taught to pass a test. A test developed by corporations who need people to think the way they do. And that means, be greedy, work for the profit on ONLY their company, do little to help others outside the company, etc. Which university you get into depends on how well you follow the edicts of THE CORPORATIONS’ tests, and then which university you graduate from has a lot to do with where you will work. and in the USA not even 30% of the people have a bachelor’s degree. And their job prospects have dimmed considerably since so many skilled and non skilled labor jobs have been shipped to low-paying countries, like China.


2) Making love is the highest homage to God. This is because to make a baby completes the Creators dream of seeing how well human beings will do with the earth he has given us. Oh? Then at least we are not doing very well. Unlike the Christians, who profited immensely by killing Islamists in the Crusades, and then quite a bit more so by creating genocide in North and South America (3000 cultures were wiped out, and many of the languages are gone now too) who felt that love making was not a holy experience (unless I guess you want to count the Catholic Priests who must believe homosexual rape of choir boys is holy, but since no baby-making is likely, then NO THIS IS NOT HOLY).

3) Make everyone in the tribe feel that their contribution is the MOST important thing for the tribe. The chief used to visit the lacrosse-stick makers every day. These wee people who maybe were not as smart, but gifted with their hands. Maybe not warrior material, but so so so important to the tribe. Without those sticks, how could men train for war? without being ready for war, who knows when the next Mohawk attack could come. (Of Course the Peacemaker, a Huron, once came into Haudenosaunee lands and convince the five tribes, Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onandaga and Seneca, to create a peace, which they did, and it lasted 3500 years apparently).

So, when everyone feels like their contribution is equal and very important, they are happy.

4) Grow beans corn and squash.

5) Never hide anything from children. Let them play and find out about nature on their own. They will learn what they need to learn by asking elders and by observing. Do not force one way of thinking on anyone.

6) Always learn from those who live life a different way. This is how the Natives were predisposed to helping the White Folks who showed up and would have certainly perished in the early winters.– hence Thanksgiving. Some thanks the tribes got later on.

So, when you have a friend or meet someone who goes through life acting like a fool, take the time to find out WHY they are acting like a fool. You may soon realize they have a good reason for acting like a fool, and it may cause you to be more foolish yourself. Well, nothing like a fool to brighten up a meeting.

7) Always gives thanks to the creator when eating another animal or even dandelion leaves. THANKSGIVING for what we have. Without this, some will take advantage of this earth for their own profit.

8) People over profit.

9) Everything is its own God.  The Creator gave each living thing, from a blade of grass to a human being, innate abilities to thrive, not thrive, or perish.  If one Oak tree grows higher than another, it is a sign that the tree wanted to get more out of life, thus no two things are the same.  This principle is vital to understanding Haudenosaunee culture, and that of many Native American tribes.  If each thing has been given certain powers, some limited, others vast, then it is up to the individual to make the most of what the Creator gave them, and this leads to more principles.

10) Do not rely on others to solve your problems. Doing so is an afront to the Creator, and creates problems for the tribe.  In certain situations of course, there must be a team effort to make the best of a bad problem.

11) Delight in the idiosyncrasies of others.  Instead of being judgmental (we’ll leave that to the Creator) learn form the different ways people live their lives.  Their is no reason to belittle someone just because they go through life a different way.  In fact, delighting in, finding humor in, and learning from other people’s ways only increases your ability to follow your dreams.  Having met an unusual person, you may realize that parts of their ways would improve your own way of doing things.


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Naturalist Spirituality Tenets Handed down or heard around Canandaigua

1) Always make everyone in the tribe feels that their contribution to the tribe is the most VITAL to the continued success of the tribe. Even to its survival. The Chief would visit the man who tied the knots in the cat gut to form the left edge of lacrosse sticks. This man had a low mental capability, but if it were not for his good part of the sticks, the young men could not learn to be warriors,and if not for strong warriors, the tribe could be enslaved, or worse, wiped out. He would help the man in a welcoming spirit.

2) Follow your dreams. Those who do not follow their dreams can become a burden to themselves and others because they will be angry and frustrated by denying their true heart. Wake up and do as your dreams suggest you to do. Support those who are following their dreams.

3) All Living things are their own God. From the pebble and skipping stone to humans, everything has been given the power by the Creator to do certain things. Some grow strong and honor their abilities, others wither and die, thus wasting the opportunity they have as living things on this planet (the Turtle that flies through the universe). Honor the Creator and become as strong as you can,so that you might help others become strong. Be happy so that you might show others the importance of happiness. Respect every living thing. If you eat a deer or bear, pray for thanksgiving that you have taken the life of another of the Creator’s creatures just so you could stay alive. Honor this by using every single part of the slain God to further human life. Human beings are the highest life form. We have a responsibility to steward the land and the animals…the other Gods that live with us. A man who is cruel to animals will not make a good husband.

4) Life is half work and half play. Work hard and play hard. Having fun is a way of showing homage to God for the life you have been given. Have fun in public, so others can join.

5) Be generous.

6) Making life is the highest homage to the Creator. This continues the cycle. Making love is the highest prayer. Give thanks and pray every day.

7) When we die we go back to the Creator. Some with their heads held high, others in shame, for a bad life. All living things go back to the arms of the Creator when they die, because he created Human Beings, and is fully aware that some will do better than others. Still, the creator welcomes you home, so do good things and make the Creator happy to see you.

8) The three goddesses that feed us are Corn, Squash and Beans.

9) The family lines are traced back through the mother’s ancestry.

10) The chief are men,but ONLY women can vote on who will be chief. The reason for this is simple: a man can and will cut deals with groups of men in order to get their votes. This is not likely in a group of all women,even if a woman was running for leader. This is because women will publicly denounce anyone who is trying to win elections by making deals. Even more to the point: if a man walks into a house where the women are considering a vote, and tries to make a deal with a group of women, they would immediately speak up and accuse him of being a fraud,and he would stand no chance of winning. Only Women Shall Vote.

11) Large decisions require a meeting of all the tribes…usually at Bare Hill. Only a unanimous decision shall create a new way. If even one 12-year-old disagrees with the decision she should say why,and further discussion shall take place until everyone agrees.

12) Dedicate your life to helping others.

And then somehow I wrote this:

Ode to Horace Mann
Be ashamed to die until you have won
some victory for humanity. Horace Mann

Be aware that energy is life, save some for your kids.
Be afraid that our minds are bent by news not books.
Be awed by the healing power of the simple purple cone flower.
Be amazed that after four short years she knows so much.
Be awake before the bombs drop, before the money rules.
Be agile: live in a town that walks and bikes to work and play.
Be amused by ants and birds, goats and potato fields, lilacs and sycamores.
Be angry only long enough to solve the problem, then move on.
Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.

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