Saturday, October 22, 2011

Generational Thinking



The Native American populations often looked nine generations ahead in their planning. In the following short video we see how this can be done with a structure that is not only strong but natural. A living bridge! If only we could see that our children are living bridges that connect us to the future. If only our leaders could see beyond the next election. If only our corporations could see beyond the next quarterly report...


16 comments:

Brian Miller said...

amen on forethought in our decisions...seeing beyond the next election...sorry that gave me a sad chuckle...so cool on the bridge...i wonder what that would mean for us to think that far ahead?

Nancy said...

Brian - It could change everything.

JeannetteLS said...

I can't remember where I wrote something to that effect on another blog. I couldn't remember how many generations ahead it was. Oh, how it would change the decisions made if every person in congress -- or the majority, even, thought this way. Even if we tried to make decisions just FOUR generations ahead, it would be an improvement. We'd have to think one generation beyond what many of us live to see. Beautiful post, Nancy.

Nancy said...

Jeannette - I may have read it at your blog. I've heard it before, but I just read it again recently and it could have been after reading your post. Two generations ahead would be nice...

T said...

Two generations ahead would be fantastic, a real improvement.
- Trish

Jayne Martin said...

What a simple concept. If only...

That video was amazing. I'd never heard of these people or their bridges. Thanks for the education, my friend.

A lesson well learned.

Rob-bear said...

That video is truly fascinating!
"The politician looks to the next election; the statesman (and woman) looks to the next generation."
That's already happened in the land of the living bridges.
Thanks for the story, Nancy.

Hilary said...

Truly incredible....thanks for sharing it.

ain't for city gals said...

Yes if only....let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

Grandmother said...

Because he teaches his niece and doesn't care about who gets the credit down the line. We can't see past the next election because it matters who gets the credit and it can't be the other party. Fabulous post. Where did you find this gem?

Nancy said...

T- I agree.

Jayne - There is so much that we don't know about how people all over the world live in harmony with their environment, I think. I had never heard of these people, either.

Rob - bear - I loved how the little niece paid such close attention. :-)

Hilary - Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did.

ain't for city gals - That is where it must begin.

Grandmother - Exactly. I first watched it on Conscious Media Network and then looked for it on U-Tube, and sure enough there it was - easy to pass along to all of you.

susan said...

I've seen other examples of living architecture and also wish we were sensible enough in general to see the benefits of forethought.

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Fascinating. The people in the film live close to nature and close to their families. We have let our lives become much too complicated and too far removed from the important things.

Hilary said...

Amazing. What an important skill to pass along to each generation. They must feel their connections through those roots... so to speak.

Butternut Squash said...

So very true! You are a compassionate soul.

Frank's Corner said...

Thank you. I will pass this one along. That feeling of connection to the past and future is sacred.