There Would Be Far Fewer Things to Prey on Us

Don Nelson
“The armies of the whites are without number, like the sands of the sea, and ruin will follow all tribes that go to war with them.” Shabonee, (born c. 1775, near Maumee River [Ohio, U.S.]—died July 17, 1859, Morris, Ill., U.S.), Potawatomi Indian chief, hero of a Paul Revere-style ride through northern Illinois in 1832, the purpose of which was to warn white settlers of an imminent Indian raid during the Black Hawk War.”
From A Cherokee Feast of Days for this evening this verse:

“Ninety percent of what we worry and talk about never happens. If it were not for fear, insurance companies would go broke overnight and all the energy we pack into talking would be put into getting well and becoming wealthy.
Many exquisite rewards exist for those of us who can stop talking trouble. If we could keep our mouths shut and out eyes and ears open, there would be far fewer things to prey on us.”
And this from Adlai E. Stevenson:
“The tragedy of our day is the climate of fear in which we live, and fear breeds repression. Too often sinister threats to the bill of rights, to freedom of the mind, are concealed under the patriotic cloak, of anti-communism.” Feel free to replace anti-communism with what ever ‘cloak’ seems appropriate.”
G’Nite Y’All. Many are the voices “talking trouble”. It is for us to refuse to listen.

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