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“Hau
,
9
friend,” said the veteran, “Thank you for sharing your water and
shade with me.
10
The old teacher bobbed his head, replying, “I’m glad for your company.
What brings you to the plains?”
“I am teaching these pups to hunt. What brings you to the sea of grass?”
“I’m also a teacher. I’m trying to find the best way to teach.”
“Follow the red roa
d
11
and it will lead you to wisdom.” The old veteran
smiled and leaned back against the tree. “There are many truths along
that way, but it is not an easy road to walk. We all meet our ignorance on
the road, be it a stone over which we stumble, or a great boulder whose
shadow threatens to turn us back. To continue down the right path, one
must overcome ignorance. The best tool for chipping it away is the question:
why? To understand what a thing is and how to deal with it, you must first
understand why it is. I will tell you a story that my grandfather told me.”
II. The Need for Different Voices
“Long ago, when the world was still new, there lived a young lizard with
beautiful ruby scales. He was called Chameleon and he would strut proudly
through the forest for all the plainer creatures to admire. One day, as he was
walking, he came upon a stick bug perched on a log. As Chameleon passed
9 “Hau” is a traditional greeting among Lakota men. See J
OSEPH
M. M
ARSHALL
, III,
L
W
AY
(2002).
10 A variation of a traditional salutation among the Aiel, a tribal people in Robert Jordan’s
epic,
.
11 In Native American spiritual teachings, the “red road” symbolizes the right path of life,
living a lifestyle that respects the land, different cultures, and other people.
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