"The Giver of Life—Creator—did not intend that people abuse one another. Therefore, human societies must form governments that prevent the abuse of human beings by other human beings and ensure peace among nations and peoples.
"Peace is the product of a society that strives to establish reason and righteousness. 'Righteousness' refers to the shared ideology of the people using their purest and most unselfish minds.
"All people have a right to the things they need to survive--even those who do not or cannot work. No people or person has a right to deprive others of these things: food, clothing, shelter, and protection.
"Human beings should use every effort to sit in council about, arbitrate, and negotiate their differences. Force should be resorted to only as a defense against the certain use of force."
- Great Law of Peace, Haudenosaunee
Day 78 - Friday, September 8, 1995 - This was a day of serious walking: 30 miles of hiking, taking the pilgrimage as far West as Fayetteville, Tennessee. Comfortable temperatures and occasional clouds shielding the Sun made the going fairly easy.
In the evening the walkers returned to Jump Off Farm, and were treated to a potluck supper put on by about 50 people from the area. After the meal, everyone gathered for a circle to hear about the walk, and the traditional understandings that have inspired it.
The walkers also sold a fair number of Sunbow 5 T-shirts, which is important for them. Donations have been few. The monthly contributions of John and Julie Heyman, and sale of our t-shirts is the major means of keeping the walk supported.
Golden grasses and plants of late summer.
Photo by Christopher Potter via stock.xchng
Copyright 2006 by Steven McFadden
Read Day 79 -- Odyssey of the 8th Fire