EDITOR’S NOTE: This text on “Worldview Distinctions” is the second in a 4-part collection to deconstruct the Western, settler-colonial worldview and to #ResurrectEloheh.
There are evident variations between the worldviews of Indigenous peoples and people whose worldviews developed with the affect of Western Europe. The “age of discovery” introduced the Europeans to our Indigenous shores and whereas lots of the theologians and discoverers attributed their discoveries to God, they instantly acted in probably the most ungodly method. These so referred to as “discoveries” created not solely wealth by extraction in beforehand co-sustained Indigenous lands, however together with the exploited slave labor and capital sources got here perverted nationwide myths and twisted theological accounts of conquest.
These myths have continued to be instructed time and time once more, and with every era they’re reified, constructed upon and codified into our society’s collective mythologies and reminiscences. I’m keen to concede that Creator had a hand within the assembly of the 2 worlds, however I believe it has been largely misinterpreted by the Western nations and spiritual our bodies. I believe the Europeans have been dropped at our shores to pay attention and to be taught, to not educate.
The Europeans got here to lots of our Indigenous shores at a time when their pure sources have been fading away. Their oak forests have been decimated with a view to fulfill their needs for tasks like castles, forts, and church buildings. Western Europe was experiencing severe land considerations with unhealthy soil on account of poor agricultural practices. Their fisheries from native bays and rivers have been turning into fished out by means of overconsumption. Contemporary water was uncommon as a result of their springs and streams had turn into largely despoiled. Classism, attributable to feudalism (a failed system of hierarchy) was inflicting fixed political unrest, and sustaining hierarchical techniques in each church and state have been a relentless concern of the ruling class. Cities have been overcrowded. Waste and refuge lined the streets of European cities creating unsanitary situations adopted by illness.
Western Europe had turn into a political sizzling zone and an ecological useless zone that was in determined want of a brand new worldview, however as a substitute, they satisfied themselves they solely wanted new lands.
Creator is loving, merciful, and susceptible. If God introduced the Europeans to our Indigenous lands, the aim was for the Europeans to watch, pay attention, and be taught a brand new lifestyle suitable with co-sustaining the earth, God’s neighborhood of creation, and easy methods to deal with all individuals with respect and dignity.
God’s function was by no means for Europeans to rule over Indigenous peoples nor to subjugate our lands. In my estimation, the Europeans who invaded our shores, blinded by theological hubris and greed, couldn’t settle for the stated phrases God had in thoughts. What has been dubbed “the Columbian Exchange” was for Indigenous peoples and their lands, the start of “the Apocalypse.”
The extent of Europeans hubris was already stacked excessive by means of wrongly held theological formulation of the “Indigenous Other.” Our Indigenous individuals have been seen by the Christians as missing not solely Christianity, however civilization. These wrongly held theological views are at this time nonetheless persistent within the Western world’s view of us and the neighborhood of creation. To Westerners, Indigenous individuals and the entire of creation proceed to be seen by means of an anthropocentric lens as “the other.”
On the time of European invasion, Indigenous peoples weren’t dwelling out a utopian imaginative and prescient of perfection. We, too, nonetheless had a lot to be taught. However the Western worldview that was so devastating in Europe — depleting the neighborhood of creation there of its pure abundance — didn’t fare nicely in our lands as a result of, unwilling to be taught and unwilling to vary, they repeated the identical errors of the previous. One famous distinction at this time is that due to the unfold of the Western worldview, we now discover ourselves in world peril.
Indigenous peoples proceed to have the options to our present local weather maladies. Indigenous peoples stay on earth, holding on to conventional land and folks information and the knowledge attained from millennia of trial and error. A bandage won’t repair our present disaster. Ethical educating and preaching alone won’t heal us. It’s going to take a brand new view of the world to revive concord on the earth.
The Fable of the West as savior of the world; solver of all of the world’s issues, which is endemic to the Western worldview, has handed its expiration date. Maybe the easiest way to dispel a false narrative is to inform a greater, more true narrative. Who finest to make that corrective than the Indigenous peoples of the earth who’ve been observing the dangerous narrative introduced by the Europeans, and whose errors they’ve famous for a whole lot of years. Our Indigenous cosmologies are written within the land, they usually information us in our obligations towards the land and to the neighborhood of creation.
To Indigenous peoples, the issues of a Western worldview are apparent and conclusive. The lifestyle demonstrated by Western peoples results in alienation from the earth and from each other. It creates a false bubble referred to as Western civilization of which the West feels will defend them from calamity. This false hope is constructed on age-old philosophical concepts handed down from Greece, Rome, England and different Western civilizations. They encompass Dualism, Hierarchy, Compartmentalization, Anthropocentrism, Racism, Individualism, Competitiveness, Intolerance, Utopianism, Greed, and Management which are actually all embedded into the Western worldview.
Randy Woodley and his spouse Edith are co-sustainers of Eloheh/Eagle’s Wings, www.eloheh.org in Oregon. He has written a number of books together with Shalom and the Group of Creation: An Indigenous Imaginative and prescient. The Woodleys are at present campaigning to “Resurrect Eloheh” to allow them to buy land within the American Southwest for the brand new Eloheh Farm, an Indigenous studying middle and religious neighborhood. Please think about supporting their efforts at www.gofundme.com/ResurrectEloheh.
- READ Half 1 of this collection on “The American Way”
- READ: How Making Buddies with Indigenous Folks Modified My Life