Smudge Pot weighs in on this DP religious war.Submitted by Smudge Pot on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:00
So. The latest division. I trust this means things have got sufficiently boring.
Hey, I have been in this movement before it was one and several before that and this type of thing happens even before we suspect divisionists and shills. One thing that impresses me lately is some arguments here are not by new shill profiles but by people who have been here for a while.
Ok so ideologically we got some snags to work out but it's the ideology of freedom what brought us together to begin with.
All I can do is kinda step back and try to switch lenses and native American spiritually has always demanded that of me. It's just one of an infinite number but it's a lense I am given. And in particular my lense has a specific range it was designed to do and one of these is to try to focus on people like us.
Because for a while there weren't many specifically like us.
Now there are many like us. I'd share more about or share again why I think so (all about prophecy) but maybe I should state a bit more explicitly what some of you know and what I am.
I'm only a little itty bit indian and not-white. The rest of me is white. Most of me is. The fact that I got picked up by successive native tutors and put in touch with this aspect of my blood is not something I planned out though I will tell you that I asked for it. With all my heart I asked for it. I can think myself back to youth and this life was like sandpaper on my skin, it hurt, it was wrong, nothing made sense, it HURT AND IT WOULD NOT STOP.
So if I tell you the Red Road saved me, would you think I had something to say or would you see a coward that hides behind tradition and cannot handle the world as it is?
I had kinda lost hope at one point even with all this training and reinforcement and lost my direction until once again in my young adulthood i was called back. To the One Fire. And when I smoked The Pipe, The Channupa, the One Sacred Pipe as an adult, everything smoothed out for me. The road got smoother from there. Things made sense. It was like every fact and belief as just floating around for me before that and i had no way to put things into order in a way I could work with.
The pipe, over the course of a few short years and the people who administered it to me helped me organize all this stuff and all the sudden gravity came back in and SNAP! Now I understand. At least to a degree where I can function.
Big whoop right?
Hey laugh with me for a sec cause for a while there I didn't know what to do. I think our school and religious training, well a lot of it confused more of us than it helped and some of us have to un-learn stuff. You know that right?
So in addition to learning how to accept OUR NATIVE RELIGION, the guys I was hooked up with happened to be about accepting ALL RELIGIONS so to make a very long story short, I got exposed to lots of religions and that was cool but for one thing.
One thing that has become so clear to me on DP and our actual real-time, real-world interactions because one of my historic functions has been to physically secure you people with all-volunteer forces which means you people (not natives and not anybody else but you) and I have seen you "principled atheists" in action. And I cannot say enough good things about you. In every measure of faith and fidelity I have seen you perform, I have seen you put your lives on the line and I have seen 100% ethical purity from you. I am like I don't care what you believe, the God I know went to extravagant lengths to produce people like you.
That is why when I call a team together, people of every faith or no faith at all respond. Each one who responds to these jobs not only puts themselves potentially in harm's way, we never have quite enough food or water or comfortable places to sleep and these teams spend their money to fly and drive from all over this nation to answer this call.
It's called service. Some are called to serve. You hear the call or you don't.
Never in our history have we been armed in our service. Every time we really discuss this, we want to be able to protect you but we come down to one thing: we are the weapons. If our bodies don't do the job, if all of our combined skill and training can't secure you then nothing and nobody can. We're the best that money can't buy.
And I think that's it. You can't pay for what we do. When we're on the mission we don't care what your God is or isn't, we are relying on each other and guess what?
We're the best in the business. Everywhere we have been, event management and property owners and LEOS and everybody is universally impressed by us. We're not your average bunch of monkeys.
If I'm gonna try to wrap this up, i want y'all to ask yourselves one thing. I see this religious war going on and I make no secret of my spirituality, the folks on chat jokingly refer to me as a spiritual guru but hey, check this out;
Why do I get a free pass for preaching to you? Cause I'm part native? Cause I represent on the one side something fashionable and on the other some white guilt trip bull crap?
Because you know what I get from you people?
Love and acceptance. And encouragement. And life and breath and a reason to continue. And I get to bear witness to explosive power and creativity. Which is you.
Get this strange part? I get to see you in all of your incredible, unpredictable power and you seem to get me but OCCASIONALLY YOU DON'T SEEM TO GET EACH OTHER.
Religion? Really? i so thought we were beyond that. And it upsets me to the point of re-activating which i will do and offer stands: if one of you decides to start killing the other I will be forced to try to preserve the minority.
As if I think principled atheists would comtemplate such a thing. Although in fairness, history is replete with examples us us religionists attacking ANYTHING AND ANYBODY NOT US.
WORD OF SMUDGE:
Young athiestiss and young people pissed at thisi world and the way it turned out due to religion, well you have a major point ok? This is not big news. Yes a lot of notable jerks have professed the Christian religion just as now many jerks profess the religion of state but above all, when a religious person shares their "truth" with you, understand that that is the the best that this person has to offer you at that time and they are trying, in their own way, to help.
Similarly, deists, our light shines like a single ray in darkness through a small hole and nobody who does not stand in the light is capable of seeing the light. We can try and push and pull them into the light and all they know if some bully is pushing and pulling them. We think we know it's for thier own good but all they feel is some bully.
If you go to the res, onto the remote res, people will serve you delicacies that might look and taste grosss to you like elf fat with mold on it but that is something we might reserve for a very special guest. Sometimes when we make frybread for breakfast, that is our very best blue corn fry bread and it might taste strange to you but CAN YOU SEE THE INTENT?
CAN YOU SEE THE INTENT THAT IS THE VERY BEST WE HAVE TO OFFER?
THAT IS THE VERY BEST WE HAVE TO OFFER.