Man’s Hard Heart

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Wherever forests have not been mowed down, wherever the animal is recessed in their quiet protection, wherever the Earth is not bereft of four-footed life – that to the white man is an ‘unbroken wilderness.’

But for us there was no wilderness; nature was not dangerous but hospitable; not forbidding but friendly.

Our faith sought the harmony of man with his surroundings; the other sought the dominance of surroundings.

For us, the world was full of beauty; for the other, it was a place to be endured until he went to another world. But we were wise.

We knew that man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard.

~ Chief Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux

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