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    Living Close to the Earth

 

 

          There is no separation between a people and the land upon which they live. Men and women are but a part of the greater circle of life, and not superior to it in any way. We are dependent on everything for our very lives. Without the rocks and minerals, without the plants, the trees and the animals, we couldn’t live. Indeed, there is much in the land to cause us to be thankful and humble.

           We are meant to live close to the Earth and all life, interacting in dependence upon it for our very lives. We were meant to live from the Earth, hunting and growing our food—this the Creator gave us as our life’s plan long ago, part of this original instruction to us. Modern people have forgotten their instructions, forgotten their connection to the land, to life. Our growing populations, our whole way of life is out of balance and threatens all life upon the Earth.

                                                          The Grandfathers Speak

                                                          By:  Hitakonanu’laxk

                                                          Delaware Indian Chief, 1994

 

 

          The truly rural folk today share much with the history and the philosophy of the Native Americans. We can learn much from both of them.

           The frontier settlers of the Colonial Period also lived close to the land, in a sustainable existence wherein they worked hard, raised their own food, preserved their own food, made their own goods, and gave back to the earth that gave to them.

           The loss of the rural way of life is directly attributed to changes in our culture. As our economic and cultural expectations changed, they created the desires and “needs” that took people away from living close to the creation, losing contact with the land, the animals, plants, and minerals.

           We can learn from the Native Americans, and from the early frontier settlers, if we choose to listen and learn from their voices. We can study the impacts of changes on both cultures over time, and be better prepared to make decisions that we can live with, and that are better for our families and for everyone.

           Here at Limestone Village, we have chosen to live close to the earth.