Sunday, March 25, 2018

Frienemies

I have been pondering this note from the Journals of Lewis and Clark in the years 1805-1806:

"To travel among the Indians, is but to often thought the road that inevitably leads the unfortunate adventurer to an untimely death.  The barbarity of the Indians in war is proverbial; but in time of peace, hospitality and humanity are traits justly due to their character.  It is a judicious saying of an eminent traveller among them, that, 'in time of peace no greater friends, in time of war no greater enemies.'"

Wondering how my character will be counted when all is done.

3 comments:

Rummuser said...

If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to India. – Max Muller

[India is] the One land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined. – Mark Twain

India has two million gods, and worships them all. In religion all other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire. – Mark Twain

In India, I found a race of mortals living upon the Earth, but not adhering to it, inhabiting cities, but not being fixed to them, possessing everything, but possessed by nothing. – Apollonius Tyanaeus

I know that you write about Native Americans but couldn't resist the temptaion to show off a bit!

Looney said...

:-) The last work of those is the only one I have read.

Yes, I was talking about Native Americans, although the quote resonates beyond that. Two people I know fought hard when they worked together, with one of them being an Indian from India. They became very close friends helping each other to find work for years after that. So we learn to cherish our enemies!

JEN Garrett said...

I love this historical perspective. I don't think I would want to get the bad side of an Indian if I had that view!