Ancient Proverbs: 19 – The Arapaho.

“With all things and in all things, we are relatives.”

~ Arapaho Proverb (Native American)


I chose today’s proverb simply because it chose to grab me when I came across it in a book about Colonial times in the US. I know I am not the only one who has noted the trends amongst native leaders during those times to urge unity and humanity in the face of life-altering impositions and strife; and the above quote is just another example of the tribal tendency to relate with a stranger who is fundamentally different.

7 thoughts on “Ancient Proverbs: 19 – The Arapaho.

  1. […] “With all things and in all things, we are relatives.” […]

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  3. beausex says:

    The corollary of this proverb, as I understand it, is that each individuality, once it has blossomed, should be put at the service of the collective human chain, for the sake of Nature as the cosmic factor of our very lives. That is, the intellectual and mental ability to realize that a pause in economic growth is necessary, that a material and economic “regression” (instead of progress) is desirable to enable to regeneration of the forces of Nature. Whereas we, so-called modern humans, still see phases of recessions and depressions as evil. It is not, it is a chance to renew things, to make them better. One must psychologically benevolent or friendly (“bienveillant” in French…) to be able to assume this reality. Thanks for this rich proverb!

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