Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Conflict of Understanding

"Reference to the earth in our culture is not individualistic so as to indicate ownership. Our words indicate sharing and belonging to the earth. The coming of Europeans to the land which we used in North America meant a conflict of understanding which centres on the ownership of land. The initial misunderstanding is not surprising, since the first immigrants thought of themselves as coming to take 'possession' of a 'vacant, pagan land'. The incredible fact is that this perception continues after five centuries. Equally surprising has been the historical role of the Christian church in this process of colonization, which basically was a dividing up of the earth so it could be a possession."

Stan McKay

From "An Aboriginal Perspective on the Integrity of Creation" in Ecotheology: Voices From South and North; 1994
(photography by tiwago)


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