Seattle’s speech for the new year

Painting of Chief Seattle
Painting of Chief Seattle

A new year is just around the bend, and we are faced with great challenges to our global, and local, climate – a fact we are increasingly reminded of. My wish for the new year is that we all try to live easier, smaller lives, content with what we need instead of simply seeking what we want. Here follows a reminder, originally credited to Chief Seattle, but in reality a quote from a movie script (sadly). Still – I find that it holds meaning, and is a very appropriate message to each and every one of us. Happy new year.

“Every part of the Earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clear and humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people. (…) This we know – the Earth does not belong to man – man belongs to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected.

Whatever befalls the Earth – befalls the sons of the Earth. Man did not weave the web of life – he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”

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