Proverbial Thursday – Global Wisdoms

I find there’s profound wisdom in the proverbs, sayings and quotes of days past, and I marvel at the way just a few choice words are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, these sayings are passed down, to us, from generations past and from different cultures. They speak of experiences of lives lived, and valuable lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking. 

I hope you find them thought-provoking too.

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The quote this week comes from “The Risk-taker’s Book of Quotes” and the Venerable Dalai Lama:

Good quotes can also help abate the feeling of being alone. The knowledge that someone else, in some past time felt the same way I am feeling in this moment brings a sense of connectedness, and normalcy.

 -Jonathan Wunrow

  Freedom is a need. I have a cat. People feed this cat; they pet this cat; they give the cat everything he needs. But every time the window is open just a little, he runs away.

– Dalai Lama

The following Proverb is the first, in a series of Native American Proverbs, I will share each Proverbial Thursday. I think it’s very much a leveling proverb, reminding us of the inherent equality in all of mankind.  The Native American culture, might have been considered, by some, to be less developed, and yet they were well advanced in their understanding of the essential right and importance of equality to society.

“All who have died are equal.”

Native American Proverb

Does it refer to equality or even perhaps, inequality?
What do you think of the quotes?  Can you see a connection between the two?

Leave a comment and join the discussion.

It’s something to ponder about.

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About Forestwoodfolk

Scandinavian culture, literature and traditions are close to my heart, even though I am Australian. I have Scandinavian, Frisian and Prussian/Silesian ancestry and for that reason, I feel a connection with that part of the world. I am an avid Nordic Crime fiction reader, and enjoy photography, writing and a variety of cooking and crafts, and traditional decorative art forms. Politically aware and egalitarian by nature, I have a strong environmental bent.
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15 Responses to Proverbial Thursday – Global Wisdoms

  1. Mel & Suan says:

    All men and women “great” or “small” become food for the worms. That is the equalizer in life!

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  3. Great quotes, each and every one. The Dalai Lama is a great cat lover and learned so much from them. I read the novel “The Dalai Lama’s Cat” and enjoyed it immensely. He taught some good lessons from that. Also believe that Native American Indians had a lot of answers we could have used and can still use. They were so wise in so many ways.

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    • Why is it the Native Americans achieved such higher level thinking and wisdom, insearchofitall? I remember reading a child’s book about Indian little and Indian Big. Some excellent life lessons and good wholesome values for kids. And my kids loved it.

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    • The American Indians knew to stay in touch with nature and follow it’s dictates. Unfortunately, the world changed on them and not necessarily for the better. Many will never heed the call towards balance.

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    • Being on balance with the world and especially nature must have given them much peace for many years and great insight. Do you think it might have something to do with living in a more interdependent and collaborative community culture?

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    • I think you might have something there. The happiest people seem to be those that see the value of everyone in the group for what they contribute to the whole. Where women are demeaned, friction follows. Nature doesn’t do that.

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    • “Where woman are demeaned, friction follows” – what an insightful comment. When you prejudice 50% of your people, it is not going to go well. Nature is not biased in that way. (In fact it seems to give woman a little longer life expectancy. )

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  4. YellowCable says:

    I like the last one from Native American Proverbs, to me it means we essentially are equal. When we die, we are left to basic elements and everyone one is the same.

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    • Very true. We all end up on the same ‘playing field,’ no matter our wealth, position, capacity. In a way it is reassuring, that finality. But of course, it also means we can value our life and appreciate the opportunity to do with it as we wish, whilst we are alive. It really is a great proverb. Thanks for your comment, YellowCable . I appreciate you visiting me here. Regards, Amanda

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