Still Rat Racing

When a white man kills an Indian in a fair fight it is called honorable, but when an Indian kills a white man in a fair fight it is called murder. When a white army battles Indians and wins it is called a great victory, but if they lose it is called a massacre and bigger armies are raised. If the Indian flees before the advance of such armies, when he tries to return he finds that white men are living where he lived. If he tries to fight off such armies, he is killed and the land is taken anyway. When an Indian is killed, it is a great loss which leaves a gap in our people and a sorrow in our heart; when a white is killed three or four others step up to take his place and there is no end to it. The white man seeks to conquer nature, to bend it to his will and to use it wastefully until it is all gone and then he simply moves on, leaving the waste behind him and looking for new places to take. The whole white race is a monster who is always hungry and what he eats is land.


Chitsika was the older brother of Tecumseh and died in 1792.

He speaks from experience.

Has anything changed? Sure, 'white man' is now more 'global civilization': meaning there are more participants of people of color, but 'white man' is still the face of it. More importantly; what has changed?

The perspective of Chitsika is valid. How can we continue to support and contribute to such a way of life that wears the 'white man' face?

Still Digging?

Still Digging?

Do people really consider their impact on the earth just by being a typical consumer? Why did I even ask that?

I don't get out much, but I'm pretty sure that they don't.

Everybody has a phone, right? Probably more than one; if you look around in the basement, closet, or drawer.

Manufacturing has to begin with raw materials. You have to dig this stuff out of the ground to start. So how much raw material is required for a typical phone? Well, one article from Vice discusses with David Michaud, a mining consultant:

Michaud crunched the numbers to generate an estimate of how much earth had to be mined to create a single iPhone. Based on data provided by mining operations around the world, he determined that approximately 34 kilograms (75 pounds) of ore would have to be mined to produce the metals that make up a 129-gram iPhone. The raw metals in the whole thing are worth about one dollar total, and 56 percent of that value is the tiny amount of gold inside. Meanwhile, 92 percent of the rock mined yields metals that make up just 5 percent of the device's weight. It takes a lot of mining—and refining—to get small amounts of the iPhone's rarer trace elements, in other words.

Seventy-five pounds for one phone. How many phones are in your household?

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In a Corner

As I touch the land
my old world shrinks at the face
of what was once called god.

The wonder of things and time
are subsumed by the steadfast eternity
of becoming.