Friday, August 9, 2013

On Living For A Seventh Generation

I have had the important pleasure of nearly two weeks with the two generations that follow mine, striking out in adventures from metro Denver. On one, we ventured through Balcony House, at Mesa Verde National Park, with a Native American NPS guide.

Our guide explained seven generations in a way I had not known. Seven generations as a time interval of 140 years or more, is a span we ordinarily experience in our lives. We are born to the living knowledge of three preceding generations, parents, grandparents and great grandparents. In old age we touch three following generations, if we have the good fortune to be followed by children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Seven generations is a very finite span of responsibility.

Living with disregard of those who follow in even one generation, is monstrous.

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