The Earth does not belong to man!

I was once visiting Paul Cheoketen Wagner‘s house to listen to him play live Native American flute.

I have to say that Native Americans always fascinate me with their connection to Mother Earth and the Spirit World. Anyway, on my way out after the event, I saw those beautiful words of wisdom framed on the wall:

chief-seattle-1The Earth doesn’t belong to man.
Man belongs to the Earth.
All things are connected like the blood that unites one family.
All things are connected.
What ever befalls the Earth, befalls the sons of the Earth.
Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web he also does to himself.

Chief Seattle, 1854

Here’s the original quote as it was posted on the wall:
the earth does not belong to man

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