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Shared Identity

Published: July 24, 2009, Author: JayTaber

One of the things the Internet has helped facilitate is a shared universal identity as members of a species under threat from man made disasters: climate change, microbial metamorphosis, and nuclear annihilation comprising the most overwhelming. Adapting organizationally to meet these challenges requires cooperation, even beginning from a point of self-interest.

Solidarity in this sense, forms a nexus where self-interest and universal demands overlap; working with others who demonstrate a commitment to the shared values inherent in bedrock nations is simply common sense. Were this not so, tribal societies would not have bothered to develop such inclusive global networks in order to deal with these challenges.

What is holding us back is not the extant aboriginal nations that preceded modern states, markets and religions by millenia, but rather the immature industrialized societies that have largely supplanted them. Arrogance and ignorance go hand in hand.

Chief George Manuel Memorial Indigenous Library

The library is dedicated to the memory of Secwepemc Chief George Manuel (1921-1989), to the nations of the Fourth World and to the elders and generations to come.

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