They Grow Everywhere

Do not grieve. Misfortunes will happen to the wisest
and best of men. Death will come, always out of season.
It is the command of the Great Spirit, and all nations
and people must obey. What is past and what cannot be
prevented should not be grieved for. Misfortunes do
not flourish particularly in our lives,
they grow everywhere.

source: Big Elk, Omaha Chief
image: Eddie’s Images

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29 thoughts on “They Grow Everywhere

  1. Everyone is made to pay, to some extent. If one were to follow the thread, to the root of the misfortune, there is always someone at the outset, who has been negligent.

  2. Or… in more common terminology: “Life happens; don’t take it personally. ” (Not nearly as eloquent or moving, but easier to remember on a moment by moment basis. Lol!)

  3. Husband and father shot while collecting radishes on a white farmer’s land to feed his hungry family after another breach of a previous treaty that robbed the Dakota of their fertile lands. Farmer received a bounty of 500 USD for killing Little Crow and his son. Wonder if his widow and two remaining children survived their internment at Fort Snelling and the subsequent banishment of their tribe from Minesota.

      • Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if the Europeans would have crossed the Ocean to learn instead of to conquer. Archaeological findings indicate that although the Inca’s, Maya’s and Aztec’s didn’t invent the wheel yet, they must have gotten some knowledge of aeronautics and were way much advanced in astrology than the conquistadors.

      • All civilizations you mentioned already had built enormous cities with very clever water works providing fresh drinking water and plumbing for their cities. Long before Europe was capable of this. Great cities were established and then faded into memory by the time of the explorers came.

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