a good day to pick strawberries
Our traditional longhouse elders will say,
“the path to heaven is lined with wild strawberries.”
Once an elder ,as she was dying, told her family: ” I smell strawberries”
Today is a good day to pick wild strawberries.
We’re amazed at how gullible people are to follow a doomsday preacher.
One belief for many Evangelicals is that the Christian Bible is inerrant.
Its an interesting belief coming from another doctrinal perspective
that humans are steeped in sin from birth, and naturally deceptive.
Its like someone saying “believe me, all people are liars!”
And we’re supposed to trust them? And who did they hear it from?
In ancient past Belief and Reason were of the same tree.
But when certain truths became apparent that opposed “traditional belief”
(eg. the earth actually revolves around the sun) (all life evolves/changes)
people could make choices between opposing paradigms,or create their own.
Some people think that to be a Native American traditionalist or a Christian, one
has to throw out logic and reason and embrace ancient story as literal fact/history.
But isn’t even the concept of “fact” or “true history” a new idea?
Did our ancestors hearing traditional stories ask their elders
“aww…come on grandpa…is that really a fact?”
We didn’t hear story , parable or analogy the same way we do today.
When grandma says“I smell the strawberries”
do we grill her? “come on Grandma..is that a fact?”
We listen , we feel those words….. and it is what it is.