Sick Day XXIX
I am sick of outside influences. You know how we have been taught how the white man came to America, robbed and raped the Indian's land, introduced them to foods they shouldn’t eat, alcohol they had no enzymes to process and brought them diseases they had no resistance to? Then there are missionaries that screwed up cultures all over the planet along with constant imperialist colonization.
People seem to think what they think is best, regardless of the indigenous culture that existed before their arrival. I once lived in a wonderful little town and had a remarkably perfect childhood there, but within my first 33 years there so many people moved there with each new arrival erasing some of the history and quaintness. It got to the point where my home town was no longer there and there was no reason to stay.
When I started blogging here over three years ago I used this place as a soapbox for my vision of what I thought would be best for this community. After the first two years it finally dawned on me that I had no business telling people how things should be here. I haven’t earned that right nor had I paid my dues to the point where my opinion actually matters here. I don’t have any ancestors here. None of my relatives occupy graves nor have their ashes been scattered here.
Some would be of the opinion that if you live here and pay your taxes your opinions matters as much as those who were born here. I don’t feel tenure to the land and the culture of its people is a matter of residency; it isn’t. It all has to do with earned mutual respect.
I look around and see all the people that are causing a stink about LNG and the Commissioners and I realize that very few of them are from here. The people that were born here see all the outsiders as puking ass clowns. These outsiders have given no consideration or respect to the desires of the life-long residents that had a vision for this area. They had a vision long before the invaders left the towns where they lived to come here.
We all wonder what it would be like to give the continent back to the Indians. It’s a nice fantasy but you can’t get that Genie back in the bottle. There has been too much destruction to the land and the culture that existed in balance over a century ago. However, it’s not too late to start showing some respect for those with ancestors that built this area making it possible for us to live the wonderful lives we live here. Have some respect and honor their visions of prosperity. So far they have shown much tolerance for the outsiders, and all you’ve shown them is cultural ignorance and insensitivity.