"The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes from within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this.
The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations.
But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men."
Black Elk, 1863-1950
Today, I look out at a world that looks like men have lost their souls. Where have the compassionate men gone? Where are the men who take into account all the needs of the people not just the needs of them self or their small group? Where are the men who say "I draw the line here and I will not cross over it into the world of disrepect and pain?
I see that the execution of Saddam Hussein is posted on the Internet. I feel great sadness. Why is this alright with people? Why is a man's death not given at least some respect. He was a perfect little boy once upon a time; just like you were. Could we not, at the very least, honor that in him? Wouldn't we feel better for doing that much?
In the ManKind Project, I sit in circles of men from varying cultures and experiences. I really only understand mine; but each week I go and listen and try.
Maybe tomorrow I will see some healing within the souls of men...maybe.