What does Lame Deer mean when he says that we have committed “spiritual suicide?”?
- Anonymous7 months ago
He once waz Running Deer then `civilization` tried to `upgrade` him to itz way . duh.
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- j153eLv 77 months ago
Perhaps in part reduxing his own rebellious and prideful situation, encountering the civilization and nation of the United States, committing criminal acts, etc.
The theme of self-murder, especially in the realm of the spiritual and soul, is basically that of alienation, frustration, thence aggression turned against self and soul.
The "we" Lame Deer was "speaking for" is a kind of assumptive analysis by observation of self and resonant others. On many a Rez, there is a more-than-average expression of social pathologies such as abuse of women, drinking, a sense of hopelessness, etc.
With regard to Lame Deer, who was born in the Rosebud Reservation of the Lakota Sioux nation https://www.rosebudsiouxtribe-nsn.gov , he may be speaking first of himself, secondly of other Lakota, and thirdly even of others, including Americans, etc.
An interesting sidebar showing some ways forward: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomon_Bibo , the "Moses on the mesa."
Also mostly unrelated:
The Path of the Higher Self.