a lesson still unlearned

The white man knows how to make everything, but he does not know how to distribute it. – Sitting Bull

We live in a world so richly blessed it’s almost beyond imagination. Native Americans, especially the plains tribes, have long understood the world as our mother, a mother that provides everything her children need. Sitting Bull’s quote comes out of that perspective.

We live in a world with far more than enough food to feed every person on the planet. Yet, as I awake this morning, I realize that another 25,000 of my brothers and sisters died in the last 24 hours because they did not get to share in our mother’s abundant resources.

Yes. we have the intellectual and technological capacity to “make everything.” But we lack the spiritual capacity or the basic human morality to share what we have with those who die from the want of it.

Sitting Bull is absolutely right. We can make anything we want. The lesson for us now is learning how to be human enough to distribute it in a just manner.