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  1. A few other things Russell had to say:

    “I find freedom to be the most important issue facing any human being today, because without freedom, then life is pointless. The more dependent you become on centralized power, the more easily you are lead around.”

    “The only way you can be free is to know that you are worthwhile as a distinct human being.”

    “You can’t talk about the environment, you can’t talk about political correctness, affirmative action and all the other innumerable things that freedom is about, unless you have a free society based upon the integrity of the individual. If you have a responsible society, these other issues will not come up in a responsible society, and that is what freedom is all about.”

    “We Indians do not teach that there is only one god. We know that everything has power, including the most inanimate, inconsequential things. Stones have power. A blade of grass has power. Trees and clouds and all our relatives in the insect and animal world have power. We believe we must respect that power by acknowledging its presence. By honoring the power of the spirits, in that way, it becomes our power, as well. It protects us.”

    “I do not want to be civilized. I want to be liberated.”

    “Everyone who’s born in the Western Hemisphere is a Native American. We are all Native Americans.”

    “An oral society develops both sides of your brain, and the utilization of your brain is more complete than in a linear education module. The written word limits your brain capability by immediately focusing on one area. You don’t have any peripheral vision. It immediately divorces you from the environment.”

    “I had often wondered how to best decolonize my people… It must be done one human being at a time.”

    “That’s our charge as ancestors of unborn generations: to once again become free.”


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