by Janis Schmidt
(I still need to do some minor edits to this article and attach some useful links for those who want to study further)
Introduction by habaripoacoolnews:
In this article Janis writes to emphasise the need for a common moral code by which communities and families must be guided. She sent it to me after reading about my need to look the causes of what happened to the two brothers in a previous post. Janis has lived with Indians on their land (stolen by the whites in America) and was married to one herself. She refers to their own code of conduct of respect for life here in this article in which she draws from the wisdom of the Book, the Holy Bible. She interprets for us how the Good Book can easily be interpreted and brought into live context for today's world and how it is being misinterpreted for the forwarding of vested interests: The Corportocracy. Here is Janis:
It is very important that you decide on a common code of moral behavior. The destruction of our beautiful home has been made possible through the destruction of morals. “Thou shalt not kill,” is fairly straightforward. Yet corporations have managed to change that to “Killing is good because it protects you from terrorists,” and “Moslems are terrorists, therefore, Muslims must die.”
The truth of the matter is that the oil corporations and their government who protects them, are the real terrorists. They want that Near Eastern oil, and they want it for nothing. They will kill and commit genocide to get it. They have also decimated the life-giving environment, and chased people and animals out of their homes. They feel they have a God-given right to behave this way. God gave man dominion over the fish, birds, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth. (Genesis 1:26) Every living thing would include the grass, plants, and vegetation. Humans have strode rough shod over the earth, taking whatever they can, destroying and animals that could turn a profit for man.
The worst genocide and mayhem occurred when Europeans discovered and colonized the new world. Having been given a second chance at living in the Garden of Eden, men immediately set out to exterminate the Natives, kill the birds and animals, and burn down the forests. They called it God's will and named it Manifest Destiny to give it Biblical authority. White colonial man killed everything that moved, and killed for profit, which they still do today, even more so.
They misinterpreted the Bible to suit their greed. We must reject this kind of morality because it leads to destruction.
Genesis 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.
7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
An old Lakota Indian, Isaac Brave Eagle, once told me long ago, that at one time Indians could communicate with the animals and the animals with them. Indians regarded animals as equals if not more sacred than mankind. Animals did not run from man, not until white man arrived. I believe that to be true considering that Indians, by and large, named themselves after birds and animals.
Noah was charged with the care of the animals, which he had saved in his arc. With this care or dominion, God permitted man to eat meat, but forbidden to eat the blood, or to kill for the enjoyment of killing. Modern man, having lost all his morals, has forgotten the meaning of this, if indeed, he ever knew.
I asked Isaac if Indians regarded animals as equals and sacred, then how could they kill and eat them. He told me that wild Indians honored the birds and animals they were about to kill for food. They had a prayer ritual and dance before the hunt. Hunters were prechosen, and had to undergo a ritual cleansing. When they killed an animal, they prayed to the buffalo and asked its forgiveness that the buffalo give up its life that they would live. In return, the Indian would protect the buffalo. The hunter would drain the blood and offer sage and tobacco where the buffalo was killed. They cut up the buffalo and brought everything back to camp except for the inedible, which they left for the birds and coyotes. Indians did not eat meat eating birds such as hawks and eagles or mountain lions. Biblical people wrongly believed that they were to sacrifice animals on an alter for redemption of sins or wrongdoing. God did not say to kill animals and offer them up as a sacrifice.
”Leviticus 17:10 And any man from the house of Israel, or from the aliens who sojourn among them, who eats any blood, I will set My face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from among his people.
11'For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.'
12"Therefore I said to the sons of Israel, 'No person among you may eat blood, nor may any alien who sojourns among you eat blood.'…
However, corporations do not carry out this murder and mayhem themselves, cowards that they are; they order children and young adults to commit acts of depredation, murder, and misogyny on an innocent population. These are the soldiers, the military. “But whoso shall cause one of these little ones which believe in me, to stumble, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned the the depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6) Rather than dumping Syrian toxic waste into the Mediterranean Sea, it would be better to dump the oil corporations, the CIA, the NSA, and any other agency who cause innocents to fight each other, into the sea.
They want the people's oil in the United States. They do this through fracking and removing mountain tops at the sacriffice of people's health and water contamination.
What with our severe, bizarre weather this past year, even the government is finally admitting that global warming is real. Even though they hold the reins, the government's solutions consist of studies.
Basically, we need to define right from wrong, and teach it to our children. Children must be taught right from wrong. Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son; but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. The Beast has eliminated morals. How else would he get you to do the devil's work? Killing and torturing each other; poisoning the water for profit. Everything is relative. All sorts of smut and filth is permitted under the guise of free speech. If we don't have any morals, then we don't care for one another, or the animals, or the earth. I Corrinthians 6:9-10 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?” And all kinds of evil is possible. We just stupidly look at all the oil profits and say how great it is. Why don't you ask some of the residents of Williston who had to move, how great the oil is?
Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse and all their people had a very strong set of morals, summed up in the thought that all life was sacred, that we are all related. For thousands of years they knew this, which scientists are only discovering that today. They based their government and way of life on 4 simple rules: respect, generosity, courage, and wisdom. We should try to be as smart. It is very important for a community to have an agreed upon set of morals. I suggest the Native American way: respect, generosity, courage, and wisdom.