A old, wise "Native American story that provides a compelling case for working toward a way to value differences. As the story goes, a tribe decided to move its village. According to the traditions of the tribe, young men learned to communicate with nature, and when a decision was to be made, they were sent into the wild to learn the lessons of nature. When they returned to share their insights, the tribe gathered to decide, using all the different sources of information.
In this situation, the tribe had sent young men out to learn what nature would recommend about the tribe's move. All of the young men returned except the one who spoke for the wolf. The tribe chose not to wait for him and acted on the information they had. The decision was a disaster, leading to death and disease. When the wolf boy finally showed up, he told them he knew they should not have moved to that particular place. So the tribe gathered again to consider what to do.
And so it was that the people devised among themselves a way of asking each other questions whenever a decision was to be made on a New Place or a New Way. They sought to perceive the flow of energy through each new possibility and how much was enough, too much, until at last someone would rise and ask the old question, to remind us of things we do not yet see clearly enough to remember: Tell me my brothers, tell me my sisters. Who Speaks for Wolf?
Now among a wise people they will ask what else might be true for them that they did not see. They wonder how all these things--seen and unseen--might affect (their) lives and the lives of (their) children's children’s children. Then to remind us of the great difficulties that might arise from a single omission of something we forgot to consider, they will ask the ancient question, Tell me my brothers, tell me my sisters. Who Speaks for Wolf?
As this ancient story informs us, more efficacious decisions are likely to be made, if when valuing the different views, all views are considered. ...Difference can enrich the lives of all those who promote an environment where differences exist and are valued. ~R. Pearman and S. Albritton © 2017, HumanJewel.Co All rights reserved worldwide.