Monday, 21 May 2018

Wise Words: Make It Fair!

“Westerners are fond of the saying, ‘Life isn’t fair.’ Then, they end in a snide triumphant: ‘So get used to it!’ What a cruel, sadistic notion to revel in! What a terrible, patriarchal response to a child’s budding sense of ethics. Announce to an Iroquois, ‘Life isn’t fair,’ and her response will be: ‘Then make it fair!’ This is the matriarchal approach to learning.”

(Haudenosaunee/Iroquois woman, Barbara Alice Mann, quoted in Derrick Jensen, Dreams, Seven Stories Press: New York, 2011, p. 459)

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