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John Trudell
what it means to be a human being

[B]ecause ... we come from where we come from, every one of us is the descendant of a tribe. Every person in this room is a descendant of a tribe at some point in our ancestral evolution. Common, collective, genetic memory that’s in there, you know, that’s encoded, like I say, in the DNA.
And for every individual, encoded in our individual DNA, alright?, is the experience of our lineage from the very beginning. Whose whole perceptional reality was what I was just saying: all things have being, we’re made up of the Earth – all my relations, pray to spirits. See, and they didn’t pray to man or human form. The closest they came to it was they prayed to spirits that were called ancestors.
Alright? And because they were praying to those ancestors for help and guidance, they understood that we were borrowing today from the past and the future. We’re borrowing it from both places.
So they had this understanding of reality. So they knew that to keep the balance was the purpose. That was the purpose. The reason for being was to keep the balance.
So this was like, you know, what I will call a spiritual perception of reality. And so because of the spiritual perception of reality they understood that life was about responsibility. It wasn’t about the abstraction of freedom – it was about responsibility. That life was about responsibility.
—John Trudell, 15 March 2001

Imagine running out of imagine
Mistaking authority for power
Weaving lifes free spirit
Into patterns of control
—John Trudell, “Iktomi,”
    Lines from a Mined Mind, p.259
“I think the best way the younger generation is going to have to deal with things is with the clear use of their intelligence. When you have a problem it needs a solution. The energy that we take and put into the solution is the energy that’s going to be in that solution. If fear/anger are used in the solution then the solution is going to have fear/anger in it, and therefore we didn’t change anything.”
—John Trudell, 15 Dec 2014
“Freedom... We’re born into a reality where you have to pay to be born, you have pay to die, and you gotta have money to live. Now where is the free?”
—John Trudell, 14 Dec 2014


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