Burdened by tensions

“…when White persons of either sex have been taken prisoner young by the Indians, and lived awhile among them, tho’ later ransomed by their friends and then treated with all imaginable tenderness to prevail with them to stay among the English, yet within a short time they become disgusted with our manner of life, and the care and pains that are necessary to support it; and they take the first good opportunity of escaping back into the woods [to live again with the Indians] — from whence there is no reclaiming them.”
— Benjamin Franklin, 1753

Indian aboriginal lifeways: “All my relations.”

European civilizational lifeways: “All my tensions.”


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Steven Welzer

The editor of Green Horizon Magazine, Steve has been a movement activist for many years (he was an original co-editor of DSA’s “Ecosocialist Review”).