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  1. In Australia, there is considerable debate about the issue of Aboriginal landrights. Looking beyond some of the political rhetoric one can see that the Aboriginal peoples regarded land as something beyond ownership and wealth. They understood the concept of caretaking.

    Palyku woman Ambelin Kwaymullina explains:

    "For Aboriginal peoples, country is much more than a place. Rock, tree, river, hill, animal, human – all were formed of the same substance by the Ancestors who continue to live in land, water, sky. Country is filled with relations speaking language and following Law, no matter whether the shape of that relation is human, rock, crow, wattle. Country is loved, needed, and cared for, and country loves, needs, and cares for her peoples in turn. Country is family, culture, identity. Country is self." Source: Meaning of land to Aboriginal people - Creative Spirits, retrieved from https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/land/meaning-of-land-to-aboriginal-people

    This relationship was ignored by the colonists who came to Australia and seized the land for themselves, owning it and doing what they wanted with it without any notion of preserving it for future generations.

    While some see the Aboriginal land-rights movement as an "a postiori" attempt at seizing their land back, there is also a recognition that their sense of responsibility for the land ultimately goes much deeper than ownership. This is somewhat similar to the jubilee principle that was given to the Israelites.

    What does this mean for us? I doubt where the current greedy system of ownership and inheritance can be overturned. But, we can embrace the two principles of responsibility for resource management and social equality that lie at the root of the jubilee notion. Just because we believe that Jesus is coming soon and will provide the ultimate solution to the problem, that does not absolve us from doing our part now.

    • The so called "indians" in South America were equally destroyed by the european colonization (as Aboriginal peoples in Australia). All under the context of greed. This never self-sustainable lifestyle continues to permeate our culture. Unfortunately, a true cult to exploitation and growth is currently practiced. Today, most of the companies (if not all) use terms such as eco-responsability just because is fashionable. Governments and the actual concept of country itself is basically defined by financial gains. Preservation and quality of life have been like art, something simply to look at and to cause emotions! Basically just a theory! As inhabitants of this huge and beautiful house of ours, we are certainly failing our duty to preserve it. Thanks to concepts found in ancient writings,
      such as the Bible, only faith can save humanity.

  2. God gave these rules for our safety.
    God gave these rules so we shall lack nothing.

    When you are dependent on Me I will provide for your need is God's promise to us.
    Not one or two years. His provision will not run out until the harvest in the third year.

    For He who promised is faithful.

    Only until the breath remains in me, I can claim ownership of the earthly things.

    For dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”

    Live as you were to die tomorrow. Learn as you live forever. Mahatma Gandhi.

    Luke 10:42 42 But only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, and it will not be taken away from her.”

    Have you found the portion (inheritance) that will not be taken away?


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