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Seven Generations — A Beginners Guide

Oren Lyons (Onondaga)

“In our way of life, in our government, with every decision we make, we always keep in mind the Seventh Generation to come. It’s our job to see that the people coming ahead, the generations still unborn, have a world no worse than ours and hopefully better.”

 

This quote from Chief Lyons (Onondaga), derived from the Great Law of Peace of the Iroquois Nation, has always struck me as an elegant and powerful statement of how we should judge the impact of our public policies and personal choices.

But I’ve also always had trouble putting the idea into concrete practice.  I mean we’re talking about the impact on my great, great, great, great, great-grandchildren!

My help came from Chris Peters (Pohlik-lah/Karuk), president of the Seventh Generation Fund.

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