The Native Roots of Democracy
Politicians wave the flag and march soldiers to war without any true understanding or respect for the actual history or purpose of democracy. Hot topics during election years always include women’s issues, immigration, and the environment but these topics have been with us for generations. Councils of Iroquois Natives had put a lot of thought and discussion into these issues almost 300 years before America declared her independence in 1776. The Iroquois Confederacy was based on The Great Law of Peace and much of those original teachings were adopted and incorporated into The United States Constitution and later into the United Nations. Now is a good time to consider The Great Law of Peace in light of the pressing issues of our day.
The Iroquoian system, expressed through its constitution, “The Great Law of Peace,” rested on assumptions foreign to the monarchies of Europe: it regarded leaders as servants of the people, rather than their masters, and made provisions for the leaders’ impeachment for errant behavior. The Iroquois’ law and custom upheld freedom of expression in political and religious matters, and it forbade the unauthorized entry of homes. It provided for political participation by women and the relatively equitable distribution of wealth.”
– Bruce Johansen, Forgotten Founders
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Let us love each other.
It will save the world.
This life encompasses so much more that what is between our walls, or in our general vicinity. We are connected, our heart energies touch whether we realize it or not. Let us send positive, uplifting thoughts to each other. With conscious effort, lifting each other with care and compassion, we will be better equipped to help this world recover from the harms done. With conscious effort, we will be better equipped to fill this world with peace.