I rarely spend any time on the mainstream news media. But the other night I turned on Wyoming Public Radio at the start of an interview with a prominent national politician who, for our purposes, shall remain nameless and partyless.
The interviewer was questioning the guest about a hotly divisive political issue. Some of the first words out of the politician’s mouth were, "We’re right and they’re wrong." Meaning his party was right on this issue and the other folks didn’t know what the hell they were talking about. You know, that old approach so many humans take: "There’s my way and then there’s the wrong way."
As I heard those words, I was amazed, though I don’t know why. After I thought about it, I realized politicians certainly have no monopoly on that totally close-minded and definitely unspiritual way of thinking.
In fact, as I thought more about it, I realized a goodly percentage of the human race and its institutions think like that. Certainly governments, but also schools, churches even, "new age" groups, and many others.
This message from Chief Joseph is more somber and solemn than is typical. It was certainly not what I expected. But I suspect there are many of us who need to hear it.
Dear ones, have you ever stopped to think about the enormous consequences you, as a human race, have reaped from the realms of righteousness?
The very word, "righteousness," probably conjures up in your minds some unpleasant, and possibly painful, images.
There have been more deaths, more wars, more of all you would consider human tragedy, created by the "us versus them" mentality. You know - "Our way cannot possibly be wrong because, after all, it is OUR way! Therefore, THEIR way must be wrong."
Look back at your history books. They chronicle quite accurately the devastatingly human consequences of such a totally unenlightened approach to life on your Mother Earth - an approach many individuals, groups, and institutions still buy into unhesitatingly and eagerly.
And where has it gotten you, individually and as a race? Well, if you look at it from a physical, human perspective, not very far.
Are your technological weapons of mass destruction an improvement over Caesar’s horse-driven armies as they invaded ancient Gaul?