|In this universe, all activities, events, and entities are related. Indians believe that everything in the universe has value and instructs us in some aspect of life. Everything is alive and is making choices that determine the future, so the world is constantly creating itself?
With the wisdom and time for reflection that old age provides, we may discover unsuspected relationships.
|—Vine Deloria, Jr, STANDING ROCK SIOUX|
|We are all connected. This is what the Elders have told us for a long time. If we are connected to all things, then whenever we harm anything, it causes harm to ourselves. If we destroy the air, then we will be affected by what we breathe in. If we poison the Earth, we poison ourselves. We must respect our Mother Earth and She will respect us in return. We must open our eyes and obey the spiritual laws that govern the Earth and ourselves.|
Grandfather, today allow me to honor and respect the things You have made. Let me see the beauty of all things.