Seventh Generation

Sunday was the 50th Annual Luncheon for the Humboldt County Historical Society.  The featured speaker was Chris Peters, the President/CEO of the Seventh Generation Fund.  It was a very interesting talk about history from an indigenous peoples point of view, a perspective those of us non-natives seldom take into account.  While the talk was thought provoking throughout, the one “ah-ha” for me was the concept of seventh generation.  Simply stated,  we should all strive to be good ancestors through seven generations of descendants.  What a cool precept.  Regardless of how you feel about the current issues/concerns that seem to motivate our current political class, if we all work to be worthy ancestors of those who follow, the world will bring itself back into balance.  Here’s a guiding principle to live by:

… the Great Law of Peace of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy) which mandates that chiefs consider the impact of their decisions on the seventh generation yet to come.

Seems to me we should demand that of our “chiefs” and representatives.

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