This page is taken from the book "Grandfather" by Tom Brown Jr. See also Grandfather Stalking Wolf. Emphasis (bolding) is added by me.
As far as the white man was concerned, nature was put there for
his use and abuse.
Land, water, animals, or plants did not matter.
He fulfilled only his own needs with no thought to future generations
or nature in general. Survival to the white man was a struggle between
himself and nature. He felt that he was above the laws of creation
and had dominion over the land. This survival destroyed the earth
then and still continues into the future. The white man's legacy
has been adopted now by the global society, a society of people that
kills its grandchildren to feed its children.
Grandfather was beginning now to understand what Coyote Thunder
meant by man's purpose for he could see the splendid results in this
strong and healthy forest. Without waiting for Grandfather to ask
any more questions, Coyote Thunder continued, saying, "The problem
is that the white man does not understand this balance and harmony. White man takes but never gives back. He is not a caretaker, but
a disease that destroys the earth. White man does not know his purpose
on the earth and thus is lost and searching for himself. They care
little for future generations or what their greed will do to the
Coyote thunder then said, "We must look to the future and leave
a grand legacy for our children and grandchildren. So too must we
leave creation better than we found it; thus we fulfill our destiny
as caretakers of the earth."
Coyote Thunder waited for a while so that Grandfather could fully
digest what he was saying. Finally, after a long pause, he continued,
saying, "Unlike the white man, we only take things when there is
an extreme need. We are a people of simplicity, not excess or convenience.
It is the consciousness of excess and convenience that produces the
greed that ultimately destroys the earth. White man looks for this
excess and convenience because he thinks that it will make his life
simple and easier. This is not truth for the more white man tries
to simplify, the more complicated his world becomes. He looks to
the false gods of the flesh for the things he thinks will satisfy,
but in those gods he only finds pain. There can be no satisfaction
in a world of excess and destruction."
Source: Tom Brown Jr.'s Book about Grandfather Stalking Wolf — entitled "Grandfather"
Grandfather Stalking Wolf
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