Miscellaneous Subjects 102


1. Various comments about Suzy Ward's books
2. An Islam Much Forgotten
3. Middle East Peace Petition
4. 8th Annual Drums Around the World
5. SPIRIT AID 2002
6. Addition on McDonald's environmental policy
7. Presidential IQ's. A scam?
9. Quote of the Day -- Chief Tecumseh


Hello everyone

As you can see, I've adopted a new format that may help resolve the blank email problem many are experiencing - simply by making the subject field shorter!

Lots of good material in this one!

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

News of interest

Symbolic Mideast Tactics Underscore Growing Divide

The Palestinians and the Israelis have each turned to making targets of important symbols. It is a strategic step that all but guarantees more violence.

1. Various comments about Suzy Ward's books

From: "Suzy Ward" <suzy@pacifier.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2001

SUZY WARD WROTE (in part):

Dear Jean...

I want to share the news from my webmaster that www.matthewbooks.com already has received over 2400 visits! Many originate at your website, Russ Michael's rave reviews have brought in a number, and the rest come primarily from a variety of metaphysical and spiritual chat-room type sources.

I'm delighted with the kinds of messages I've received and the interest that seems to be spreading as the news about the books is getting around. It started with The Veil Is Opening -- I wonder if this was an absolute part of a divine plan.... THANK YOU!!!


From: "Suzy Ward" <suzy@pacifier.com>
Subject: Letters about the books
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2001

Dear Jean…

Thank you for asking me to share a sampling of the messages I've had about The Matthew Books. Your introduction of them in "The Veil Is Opening" has been out of this world -- well, more accurately, all around this world -- in motivating interest in the books. Although every message I've received has been thrilling for me, I selected the following because they show the variety of responses.

First, I'm going to use this opportunity to thank everyone who has visited www.matthewbooks.com and taken advantage of the introductory offer of free downloading the texts. I know I haven't heard from all of you (the site visitor report is huge -- and that's SO gratifying!) and can't express my appreciation individually for your interest in the books. They're available now from www.amazon.com and Barnes & Noble's web site as well as from Xlibris. Please pass on the word about this -- thank you!

And now, with the writers' permission, here are some samples of the letters I'm receiving:

Hi Suzy,

I really want to THANK YOU *again* so much for these books and then to be able to download them free. What Joy!! They confirm and confirm other channeled information about the many subjects covered in the Matthew books. One subject of so many, is how the controllers changed the Bible. Truly great information and confirmations. Truth, when known, gives such joy. Also, I enjoy the words that Matthew has chosen to express ideas so difficult to express to our finite minds. This is really important, the right words. I really am so impressed with this wonderful wisdom. So needed on earth today. I am on page 123 in the first book. My eyes get tired, so take a bit at a time.

Your questions are very down to earth and are the kinds of questions that many not schooled in a lot of Internet surfing over years plus other spiritual reading or background, etc. - need in order to get some understanding of the 'other side'. These questions would appeal greatly to many, it would seem.

I did write the other day, but just wanted to express my appreciation and gratitude for your and Matthew's work. The books are so insightful and wise.

Love, and Blessings,



Dear Suzy,

Thank you for making your wonderfully rewarding books available to those of us who are hungry for information about life beyond transition, when the frail physical body is no longer needed. I am eager to receive my ordered copies of what promises to be a feast of knowledge of higher Truths. My best wishes to you for continued success in the work that you do so well.

Iris Freelander


Dear Suzy,

We have received an email from Jean Hudon regarding you and your books and the tremendous potential this material has to facilitate awareness. We are very interested in inviting you to be a guest on Bridging Heaven & Earth during our eleventh season beginning in January or February 2002. Would you be able to travel to Santa Barbara to do the show which we tape live sometime between February and August 2002? Would you please send us a press copy of both books so that we can view your wonderful work in its entirety.

Thank you for sharing and living such a gifted story.

Love and Blessings,

Shelley Flanders
The Bridging Heaven & Earth Foundation



Both books arrived--and WHAT GEMS!!

They came late this afternoon--- I am 67 pages into: MATTHEW, Tell Me About Heaven... your first book...and be sure it will get a #10 book review from me, and that probably will apply to the second "Matthew" book too!!

Bless Matthew--and bless you, dear Suzy, for making this divine soul contract. By the way, your grief and great mother-love is a vital essence of the story!! You hooked my full, respectful attention....I am sending a cc of this to my honorable GLN business partner... for we ought to be selling many copies of your book through our global network!!

You and Matthew are great shining lights. Thank you..and give my thanks to Matthew---when a window opens in your communication together!!

In loving brotherhood

Russ Michael

CLIP - Since there is not enough room in this compilation to include all the feedbacks sent by Suzy, I've prepared a complement which is available for your perusal at http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000/FeedbacksMatthewBooks.htm



From: "Nahla Rifai" <n_rifai@hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2001

Dear Jean,

I just want to say thank you very very much for telling us about the Matthew books. I dowloaded "Matthew, tell me about heaven" and find it inspirational, enlightening and soothing. It gives me even more hope and understanding of what is to become of us and our spiritual evolution's important role in our lives.

Love and light,


Nahla Rifa
P.O. Box 1752
Amman 11118



From: Lightweave@aol.com
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2001

August 10, 2001

An Islam Much Forgotten


JERUSALEM -- Outside my window, I hear the sirens of ambulances transporting the dozens of victims of the latest suicide bombing, offered for the glory of God and Islam. From the Palestinian village across the road comes the muezzin's call to prayer, which for some Jews has become a reminder of violence and murder. However tempting, I resist that linkage, because I've known a different Islam.

In the year before the current intifada began, I undertook a pilgrimage of religious empathy to my Muslim neighbors, visiting mosques in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel. Though clearly identified by my skullcap as a religious Jew, I was invited to join the Muslim prayer line. My goal wasn't to blur the borders between faiths but to test whether Muslims and Jews could share a common language of devotion and transform religion into an instrument of peace rather than holy war. The faltering Oslo process had tried to reconcile secularized Israeli and Palestinian elites, ignoring the centrality of faith among our two peoples; I was searching for a dialogue of the heart.

Despite the anti-Jewish incitement that would soon help ignite the intifada, I found eager partners - mostly among the Sufis, or Muslim mystics, on the periphery of Palestinian Islam. One sheik dismissed rival Israeli and Palestinian territorial claims by insisting that the land belongs to neither side, only to God, echoing a rabbinic teaching.

In showing reverence for Islam, I was able to elicit a reciprocal gesture from some Muslims, who acknowledged that the return of the Jews to Israel wasn't a colonialist imposition but in accord with the will of God.

The culmination of my journey occurred during the festival of Lailat al-Miraj, the night Muslims believe that Muhammad ascended to heaven from Jerusalem. I was invited to join services in a little Sufi mosque located in Gaza's Nuseirat refugee camp. The building was so forlorn that it lacked a minaret; its narrow prayer room could barely hold 50 worshipers. Eight years earlier, during the Israeli occupation, I'd served as a reservist soldier in Nuseirat, the heartland of Islamic extremism, and had been hit in the head with a rock while on patrol near the mosque.

Now, together with the mosque's devotees, I participated in the Sufi service known as zikr, or remembrance of God's presence. For perhaps an hour we chanted, leapt and rapidly exhaled in a dance of controlled ecstasy, celebrating God's oneness and the mystic's transcendence over human fragmentation.

Since the violence intensified last September, the conciliatory - and sadly marginal - voices within Palestinian Islam have been intimidated into silence. Clergy on Palestinian television urge the faithful to kill Jews, while children in white shrouds, with simulated bombs, march in processions of martyrdom. My Muslim friends are unable to publicly express their shame as their faith is sullied.

Today, my forays into Palestinian Islam seem like fantasies. Islam has once again become untouchable, pervasive and elusive as air. Many Arab Muslims, encouraged by official media and leading clergy, now embrace a medieval kind of hatred of Jews. While religious extremists are hardly lacking among Jews, Israeli society has repudiated their theology and their actions; not so with the Palestinian mainstream. And while no Israeli leader denies the sanctity of Jerusalem for Islam, Palestinian leaders have repudiated the historical connection between Jerusalem and the Jewish people.

Still, my religious journey taught me that Islam contains those qualities necessary for peacemaking - humility before God and an acute and fearless awareness of mortality. I know that Jews and Muslims can share wisdom, if not doctrine. Even as suicide bombers explode in our streets, and as Israel confronts a war that is being forced upon it, I recall the Muslim mystics who opened their doors and their hearts to me, and I refuse to despair.


Yossi Klein Halevi is the author of the forthcoming ``At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land.



From: Suzanne Keehn <dskeehn@pacbell.net>

Isn't it wonderful to know this is happening at the same time as the terrible news we see and hear.


Original Message

From: Eliyahu McLean <yahuolan@hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: Jerusalem

Shalom Suzanne,

Thank you for your support and blessings. You should know that we are continuing. Just tonight I was witness to a most beautiful meeting with a Palestinian Sufi sheikh (who could be in danger if this meeting were public and a West Bank rabbi who were praying for peace and are working closely with Arafat and Sharon to open their hearts and to give the spiritual leaders a chance to bring healing to this region... It's not easy work at all, but I feel blessed to be right here, on the front lines, and be a vessel for all the prayers of my California friends who support me in this God's work.




Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2001
From: Antares <Antares@time.net.my>
Subject: Middle East Peace Petition

Someone has taken a great deal of trouble to draft a very eloquent statement on behalf of humanity in view of the escalating violence between the descendants of Ishmael and Ishak. It won't hurt to donate one minute to signing this well-designed online petition. Especially if you charge it with good will, good sense, and great compassion.


Read the Internet Peace Plan at


Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2001
From: Michael DiMartino <gaia@crocker.com>
Subject: 8th Annual Drums Around the World

August 26th is the 8th annual Drums Around the World. At 3-5pm New York time, 42 countries including Israelis & Palestinians in Israel will play for peace & unity. This event corresponds to the birth of the White Buffalo in 94 and many other happenings. We are asking you to promote to everyone on your email list immediately!!

Also there is a world gathering of drummers at the Dome of the Rock/Temple Mount in October organized by Israeli & Palestinian youth. It is time to stop talking and let the ancient & healing power of the drum unify all with no specific agenda. This can & will create spiritual miracles. NOW IS TIME FOR THE FOLLOWERS TO LEAD!!!!!

Michael DiMartino
Director, Global Alliance for Intelligent Arts
Peace Drum Ambassador, United Nations Peace Educators



From: "Mike and Jan Pendragon" <arcturus@zen.co.uk>
Subject: SPIRIT AID 2002
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2001


My wife Jan and I have established a "Conversations With God" centre here in the United Kingdom, and have recently agreed to act as Country Co-ordinators for the Global Renaissance Alliance.

We were recently approached by Candace McLoughlin at ReCreation in Oregon, who asked if we could offer assistance to a team here in Glasgow who are co-ordinating an event next summer called Spirit Aid 2002.

We were so impressed with the depth of their vision and commitment, that Jan and I are considering leaving my "day job" to work with them full time.

This could be the opportunity we have waited for to put "global consciouness" right where it belongs in the forefront of all peoples minds, and more importantly keep it there !!!

If you are able to help raise awareness of this event through the network, a link from your site, or help promote the cause in any way I would be most grateful.

Take Care, I look forward to hearing from you.

Peace Be With You

Mike Pendragon
The CWG Centre of Manchester, U.K.
The CWG UK & Eire Network
GRA Country Co-ordinators

Website: http://www.onevision.org.uk

CWG E Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/conversationswithgod/join

Empowerment comes to the U.K.
Check out details of the C.W.G. Empowerment Weekend - Buxton Derbyshire - 29th / 30th September 2001
Drop us a mail for more information.


Be The Change

Spirit Aid is more than a global event and a leading charity; it is also a catalyst to inspire people to make a positive difference in the world.

Everyone in the world is empowered to make a difference; how, what, where and when is entirely up to you.

In our world it is the one voice, the common collective choice that will make a difference forever.

We must be the change we wish to see.


The Event

Spirit Aid is a live event that will take place in a 60,000 seat stadium in Glasgow, Scotland on July 20th and July 21st 2002.

It will be beamed live to the world on TV, radio and via the Internet.

It will have an expected audience of 1 billion people.

Whilst raising in excess of £100 million for charities around the world, Spirit Aid will create inspiration in people’s lives. It will demonstrate how through the power of the human spirit we can lead happy and abundant lives, free from fear, poverty and injustice.

Spirit Aid is about a celebration of life, fun, laughter; the inherent goodness in people to show love, compassion, forgiveness and kindness.

The centre piece of the event will naturally be the live music performances. We are inviting many of the world’s best known bands, singers, and musicians to take part.

The messages will be given by children, world leaders, international celebrities, and authors that will reflect the essence and spirit of this special event. We are inviting the world’s most prominent peacemakers, spiritual teachers and religious leaders of all faiths.

And Maybe even Miracles
The miracle of the weekend will be the millions of people around the globe pledging and raising the many millions of pounds that will be used to help the poor and underprivileged of our planet, those devastated by war, hunger and persecution in our midst.

Children of the world will be a major feature of the event, as they express their hopes and dreams for the world they wish to inherit and the respect and equality they deserve now. Their stories will be told. The artists and world leaders taking part will be led on stage and introduced by these children.

World Peace Village
We intend also to create a ‘World Peace Village’ in our city for one week leading up to the event for all cultures of the world to meet and celebrate through music, discussion and workshops.

We are inviting the group of indigenous Tribal Elders who are attached to the United Nations to make live declarations of intent on our behalf to safeguard the badly damaged and fragile ecosystems of our world before it is too late.

Constantly throughout the weekend, beamed in by satellite will be reports of the many miracles and signs of hope that are happening daily around us in all cultures of the world, stressing that we are all one on our journey on this planet.

It will be about our commonality not our differences!

It will be about our generosity not our greed!

It will be about our love not our hate!

It will be about our future not our past!

The event will simply be about the positive effects and a new awareness that millions of us acting together will achieve in creating a better world for our children’s future.


An Invitation to Humanity

We all live on a stunning blue-green planet, our Mother Earth. She has breathtaking beauty and a startling diversity of life. She provides everything that we need to sustain us as she floats in a remote spiral of the Milky Way.

There are over 6 billion humans alive on earth at this point.

For a minority life is good, it is fruitful. The years from birth to death offer what every life should. It is safe, it is comfortable; laughter and abundance are part of daily life.

There is health and happiness, creativity and honest endeavour. Freedom of expression - personal, political, creative, and spiritual - are accepted and acknowledged. Human Rights and democratic freedoms are regarded as normal.

However, for the vast majority of us on our planet - billions of people – life is constant hell on earth. It is a fierce and brutal struggle for survival.

Fear is the most powerful force in the lives of these people.

Billions of people live with poverty as a reality - two billion of them earn less than one dollar a day.

In the United Kingdom alone, 11-13 million people live below the poverty line, including 2 out of every 5 children. This is a rich, developed, Western country of 56 million people, not a drought stricken, war ravaged far away place.

Hundreds of millions worldwide face the daily threat of persecution, abuse and even annihilation. These millions have no access to any form of justice, let alone safety.

Fifty million people have been displaced by war and ethnic conflict. Their homes, their communities, the very fabric of their lives destroyed by horrific acts of violence. Their cultures are barely intact as they struggle for survival and dignity in vast refugee camps – if they are lucky enough to find one.

Countless millions of others live at the mercy of the constantly changing and unpredictable extremes of weather, geological upheavals, and environmental swings that are increasing at an alarming rate. Due to the systematic destruction of the fragile ecosystems of our home, caused by industrial and consumer greed around the world, all of us are now facing this prospect.

For example, 13 million tonnes of toxic chemicals are released into the atmosphere every day.
130 species are driven to extinction every day.
200,000 acres of rainforest are destroyed every day.

There is a large and growing body of opinion within the world’s scientific community that believes, at this rate of depletion we face the extinction of our entire species within a few generations.

At the heart of all the desolation, deprivation, and unnecessary deaths in our midst are the children - New Young Life - our investment in the future of our species and our planet.

Young and innocent, they are alive with hopes and dreams for the richness and excitement of lives that lie ahead of them. They dream of the safety that should be theirs by right, of care, nurturing and support that all lives need. They dream of respect and dignity.

It is a dream held in the very heartbeat of every child.
It is a yearning for the love of humankind.

Every year, 130 million young lives are created.

14 million of them will starve to death.
1 million of them will be sold into sex slavery.
2.2 million of them will end up living on the streets of our cities.
31 million will have no access to safe drinking water.
Over half a million of them will contract AIDS.
13 million of them will be orphaned by AIDS.
26,000 people will be killed by landmines, the majority of them children.
In conflict, two children die for every soldier.

The shattering of innocence continues.


But there is Hope.

People around the world are beginning to awaken and realise that we cannot continue to destroy life the way we do. That we live on this planet together.

There is a huge and growing movement in the world that believes that life is sacred. All life. That each life is a gift of creation. That even though we do not own our children or the children of the world, it is the responsibility of each and every adult to nurture that life to the best of our knowledge, and our skills, and our wisdom.

We must believe and accept that each new life deserves respect for the very gift that it is.

We are all the guardians of future life on this planet and we should never forget, we do not inherit the earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children.

Let us at least strive to give back to them a planet that is healthy and abundant and clean.

Together we can choose to give back to them a world where peace prevails over violence.

Where compassion prevails over inhumanity.
Where kindness prevails over greed.
Where justice prevails over abuse.
Where learning prevails over ignorance.
Where truth prevails over secrecy.
Where freedom prevails over slavery.
Where laughter prevails over tears.

We can make a choice to care – to change the moral concept of the world we live in. We can make that choice today.

Together we can set in motion the change that will transform the future of our planet and the future for our children.

It is very simple.
Let us choose Love and not Fear.

All of us at Spirit Aid have made that choice.
Come and join us.

David Hayman


The Spirit Aid Charity

Spirit Aid, the charity, will manage distribution of the funds created from the event.

The funds will be distributed within the following areas.

Children International Aid Health
Education Environment Caring
Homeless Land Mines Peace
Refugees Human Rights Fair Trade
Aged Spiritual Development Ethics

For the distribution, a team of charitable experts within each area will determine which projects to fund.

As well as the usual Patrons, Trustees, and Directors that make up an organisational structure of a charity, Spirit Aid will also appoint a number of Ambassadors and Envoys.

Ambassadors will be individuals in recognised public positions of responsibility who have the desire and influence to further the objectives of the charity. Envoys can be anyone in the world who chooses to formally act on behalf of Spirit Aid.

The Spirit Aid board of Directors will appoint Ambassadors. Envoys will be self-appointed.

The Spirit Aid charity will be accountable to everyone in the world since its main fundraising exercise is a global event. The internet will be used as a vehicle to show the monies received, overheads incurred and the levels of distribution made. An open book policy on all accounting issues will be employed.


Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2001
From: "Gary G. Ford" <swimp@home.com>
Subject: Re: Green Files #24: 5. McDonald's promotes deadly machinery at toys in "Monopoly" game

Arjan Stam <arjan.stam@hccnet.nl> wrote:

Hi Jean,

Thanks for your latest mailing. A small addition to the McDonald's environmental policy: Last week, I went with two of my nieces to one of those restaurants, and they both chose a "Happy meal". Appeared it contained a (plastic) dog that "barked" when an accompanying plastic bone was held before its beak. The kids were not interested in the accompanying leaflet of course, but I was. A small piece of paper (about 3 X 3 cm.) showed the "recycle" symbol, and it also revealed the reason why: "Hg".

(end of quote)

Hydrogyrum ... mercury cells used to be used for their high energy density and long shelf life; the more recent Hg controversy with respect to 'dry' and 'alkaline' cells of WESTERN disposable batteries ... has more to do with internal cell electrode wetting which once widely accomplished using Hg.

Considering that the Average Child in the USA has a few Hg 'Silver' tooth cavity fillings, and that bacteria in the tooth-to-amalgam interface are making Methyl Mercury IN SITU, the small additional Mercury insult from ungreen batteries in dumps and landfill is probably a minor contribution to the Mad-Hatter-ing of AMERICA.

The Japanese have followed up on various (including American) discoveries in Conductive Plastics for years, and have both Plastic and Plastic Recharge-able consumer product batteries, which are prevented, by our Big Brother Gov't protectionism of domestic corporate gangsterism, from entering the North American and European business Co-Prosperity Spheres of Influence!

Since Children these days are raised to associate CO2 with Dangerous Poisoning of the Earth, and don't seem to be aware of the inherent vastly higher immediate toxicity of CO (compare with PCB versus Dioxin toxicity), it is quite possible that most children do NOT know the Neural/ Sensory hazard which Methyl Mercury entails.

Green Thinking has propagated blurry thinking which any Gov't worth its Kickbacks welcomes, in the General Populace.

Green Concerns are often diverting attention from dangerous, health destroyers like Lead brain-damaging and Diesel NickelCarbonylSoot lung-damaging to far less dangerous - or least, less widespread in concentrated form DDT, PCB's and FREONS ...


(quote: continued)

(...) I guess they reason that every parent (let alone every child?!) knows that this means mercury, and how toxic it is??!! Don't know about the policy with regard to mercury in the rest of the world, but mercury is simply **NOT DONE** in batteries anymore, over here, for YEARS already. We are accustomed to paying a few cents more for batteries that do not contain mercury, and you'll even have a hard time finding a shop that still sells Hg-shells. Mercury; truly a product for an environmentally caring company to hand over to little children! Or would it be backbiting for me to suspect that the slightly lower price for mercury containing batteries has something to do with McDonald's policy to continue to use them, and to delegate the responsability for that to their unsuspecting clientele??!!

"One McMercury please."

Happy thoughts...??



From: EdElkin@aol.com
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2001
Subject: Presidential IQ's. A scam?

From: lance@futuresolutions.org (Lance M. Brown)

Ed, Jean,

This sounds very slanted toward Democrats - suspiciously so. 5 of 6 Republicans had a lower IQ than Lyndon Johnson, who had the lowest of the Democrats? Sounds fishy.

In a search for Lovenstein Institute, Scranton PA, all I found was pages about this "study". Can you check with your source and see if this Institute has a web page?

Oh, wait...more results are in as we speak, and I am starting to smell a scam...

See below - and be sure to spread the "bad news" as far as you spread it when you thought it was "good news". The truth is more important than a "good" lie.

"Scranton made the hoax list"

"There is no Lovenstein Institute in Scranton or anywhere else"

Pretty despicable tactic, whoever started this. I am certainly no fan of Bush, but I am a fan of truth. If you can't win with truth, you can't win.


Y'all need to stop worrying about the Democrats and Republicans anyway. If enough of us ignore them, they will go away.

Be Well, Be Free,
Lance Brown
Candidate for President - Year 2008

P.S.- FWIW, I scored 124 on an IQ test I took when I was 6 or 7, and I scored a 145 at http://www.iqtest.com/ last year. :-)

NOTE FROM JEAN: See also ...

Bush gets bad rap on intelligence (January 14, 2001) at

where the correct IQ's indicated were:

Nixon IQ 143
Al Gore IQ 133.5
JFK IQ 119
George W. Bush IQ 115

Interestingly I included this hoaxed news in my last Media Compilation and it was apparently published in the British press according to the English Pravda at http://english.pravda.ru/main/2001/08/07/11985.html


Among US presidents who have run the country over the last 50 years, George W. Bush appears to have the lowest Intelligence Quotient (IQ). His IQ has proved lower than that of the average American citizen. According to the British press, the finding has been obtained by researchers from the State of Pennsylvania. CLIP



Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2001
From: "ECOTERRA Intl." <wildnet@ecoterra.net>
Subject: FREEDOM - NOVEMBER, 1888

Dear Jean, greetings from Julian

Do you remember that I promised you a detailed reference concerning the sentence, which you somehow quoted: Here is the original:

"Our silence after death, comrades, will be more powerful than our voices during life!"

August Spies, 11.11.1887

- and here comes the reference:



Subject: Quote of the Day -- Chief Tecumseh
Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2001
From: Larry Morningstar <mana7@aloha.net>

"Live your life that the fear of death
can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about their religion;
respect others in their view,
and demand that they respect yours.
Love your life, perfect your life,
beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long
and its purpose in the service of your people.
Prepare a noble death song
for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or a sign of salute
when meeting or passing a friend,
even a stranger, when in a lonely place.
Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning
give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.

If you see no reason for giving thanks,
the fault lies only in yourself.
Abuse no one and nothing,
for abuse turns the wise ones to fools
and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die,
be not like those whose hearts are filled
with the fear of death,
so that when their time comes they weep
and pray for a little more time
to live their lives over again in a different way.
Sing your death song
and die like a hero going home."

-- Chief Tecumseh
Shawnee Nation, 1768?-1813