My mind does not always make clear lines in what moves me in my life. Is “this” action political? Is “that” one spiritual? I have often talked about how much I hate specialists and how much I value generalists. Hoity toity historians, for instance, dislike Will Durant and his “History of Civilization” for being “too general.” I LOVE his books, for his humanity, for his linkages of political whys to religious or societal or cultural whys!
So when I write here of the ongoing fight at Standing Rock in North Dakota to stop the North Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), it is one of those instances of fusion in my mind. Yes, it is, of necessity, a political battle. But it is also a spiritual battle. The Amerindians leading this ecologically vital charge to protect drinking water for their people AND for a lot of seemingly oblivious white people downstream, call the pipeline “the Black Snake” and are correct to say it needs to be killed.
The Gaslighter-in-Chief, the man who makes Comment A behind a closed door with Individual A, and Comment B about the same topic in public before a crowd of mouth-breathers; has signed an Executive Order, most likely drafted by Racist-in-Place Steve Bannon to allow the pipeline to go forward. Likely this isn’t even legal, just like his immigration ban has illegal elements — barring people already holding visas or green cards, for instance. Believing and living ANY part of the lies being told so often and loudly that it begins to cloud people’s minds is to becoming ethically and morally compromised. This IS what makes it a spiritual battle — whether you are traditionally monotheist, pagan, polytheist, or agnostic, or atheist. EVERY person needs a set of core values to guide their actions. What do your core values tell you about the practice of breaking treaties (governmental promises/vows) and setting the stage to poison water needed for drinking, irrigation, and other vital life-giving functions? All for money made off the fossil fuels that are creating global climate change that could render life unbearable on this earth?
I’m not made of money. We are on a limited income with ever increasing expenses. When I make a promise I believe in keeping it. I am no oath breaker! So the money I usually give to Remote Area Medical Foundation every month, will be halved now. So I can send $50 a month by check to Standing Rock.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
#1 N. Standing Rock Avenue
Fort Yates, ND 58538.