Try to understand water, minerals, vegetation, animal behavior, and then it is easy to understand human behavior.
– George Goodstriker, Kainai (Blackfoot) Elder Canada
Our university is all around us. If we are part of Creation, then we can learn what we need to know about ourselves by being in creation and watching, listening, and learning.
What can we learn from watching water? Sometimes when water hits a rock, it splashes hard against it, and then its force is dissipated as it is broken into droplets. And yet, those droplets and their descendants may eventually break the rock up or seek the easier way to go around it.
What can we learn from vegetation? That a plant, in order to grow, needs the earth, the air, the sun, and the water. As these provide for all the plants’ needs, so the plants provide for ours.
What can we learn from animals? That they are not judgmental and do not try to analyze one another.
When i understand that humans are just part of the created universe, I have a better understanding of my place.