reply to post by Realtruth
Does it really make that much of a difference?
If the Cherokee people believed in a light/dark, good/evil struggle, then yes, I would agree with you that it doesn't matter. However, the Cherokee
have no spiritual concept of "ultimate good" or "ultimate evil," so the message and moral of the fable would be irrelevant to the Cherokee
Every culture has similar stories that they share with other cultures. Where the originate from really shouldn't matter.
Many cultures, religions, and spiritual schools lack a "good vs. evil" dichotomy. So, it would be wrong to say that the fable has universal
meaning/appeal. It is, in reality, only applicable if your philosophy embraces the idea of duality.
Instead of debating where the story actually comes from wouldn't it be better to just find the wisdom in it?
That depends on why you think it has wisdom to begin with.
Is it a wisdom-story because it comes from the Cherokee people? Because we've already established that it doesn't, so the auspice of "Native
American" wisdom can be stripped away.
Is it a wisdom-story because it doesn't come from a corporate world where we've lost touch with Nature and our spiritual selves? Because the reality
is that the story was invented by a Christian minister as a way to influence the minds of millions of readers into thinking, acting, and believing a
specific way. And, further, was used to sell books, and no doubt tickets to his sermons.
The question really comes down to: when you strip away all of the junk, does the message still stand up in your heart?
If so, good.
I've found, however, that people often base their impression of a thing off of the thing's origins.
I have seen this very same "fable" touted as wisdom simply because it comes from a Native American origin, and that "fact" somehow means it lacks
all of the trappings of consumerism, making its message more pure, nature-oriented, and holistic.
~ Wandering Scribe