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September 11, 2011 / alunatunes

Living as our forefathers did


“My children, you have forgotten the customs and traditions of your forefathers. You have bought guns, knives, kettles and blankets from the white man until you can no longer do without them; and what is worse is you have drunk the poison firewater, which turns you into fools. Fling these things away; live as your forefathers did before you.” – Pontiac, ODOWA

A recent round of natural semi-disasters passed through my life recently. I say semi-disasters because, luckily, we had little damage from either the 5.8 earthquake that struck our region Thursday August 26 or Hurricane Irene which plowed through August 27 and 28.

Irene’s wind and fury did leave us powerless for nearly a week. There was no internet and no phone service. Our neighborhood was quiet and dark the first few days after the storm. Most neighbors secured generators after two or three days, which provided them with light accompanied by a nearly defeaning roaring din that was more disconcerting than the dark and quiet could ever be.

I heated water on our gas grill and made instant coffee in the morning. I used the warm water for a quick wash before work. After work I scoured the opposite side of town for ice (there was none) and food (there was no fresh food just canned) and then cooked items from our slowly defrosting freezer. We ate outside on our deck round our lovely mosaic table that we never use. We went to bed when the candles burned down. We were nearly living as our forefathers.

Americans tend to consume until we cannot do without “things” that 100 years ago were not necessary to daily life. Better phones, bigger homes, more power drains the simplicity from life. For all our so-called progress, we certainly don’t seem to be happy or content.

Power, in all its forms, has not resulted in true light or enlightenment. Power has left us in the dark.

Contentment is not grounded in power. Contentment is attained most readily in an unplugged environment. Consider our forefathers and how they lived before power, running water, and blink of the eye communications. Duplicate the lives of our forefathers in some small way today and discover the true power of unplugged enlightenment.


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