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Fearless Engagement of Four Arrows

The True Story of an Indigenous-Based Social Transformer


R. Michael Fisher

In times of extreme cascading global crises facing humanity, all responsible humans need to re-evaluate the dominant worldview that has brought us to this point of facing extinction. As a species we need to relearn the "good" ways from our greatest allies in Nature and from Indigenous cultures that lived in relative harmony with Nature. Equally, we need to learn the best ways to think critically and act on the holistic understanding that may guide us beyond our individual and collective trance and illusions cast forth like chains upon modern societies through elites who manipulate fear.

Fearless Engagement of Four Arrows offers a unique strong "medicine" for the reconstruction of a healthy, sane, and sustainable future for all. Utilizing the form of an intellectual biography of Four Arrows (aka Dr. Don Trent Jacobs) and his daring activist life and true teaching stories, the author creates a powerful adventure into the firey philosophy, activism, and emancipatory inspirations of one of the world’s great visionary prophetic educators and social transformers. Through a number of unique experiences, including firefighting, white-water kayaking, wild horse training, world-class athletic competitions, and counter-cultural activism, Four Arrows has become a connoisseur of fear and courage. This book shows how he walks a universal ethical path of Fearlessness at a time when too many remain trapped by their fears.

Among other readers, high school teachers and post-secondary teachers across diverse disciplines will find great ideas, eliciting dialogues and study questions for students, who now face a globalizing world where they can take charge of the future via fearless engagement.

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Epilogue by Four Arrows


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Michael as an educator, throughout the writing of this book on my “fearless engagements,” has felt he was in collaboration with me, while I was too full of “fearful engagement” to acknowledge my sharing of stories and dialogues as such. Upon being asked to write this epilogue and feeling my resistance to doing so, I have realized this. Perhaps I felt embarrassed or unworthy to be such a direct part of writing a book about myself. More likely, I was protecting myself from being thought of as being conceited, allegations I’ve suffered for most of my life. That once resulted in my writing a poem of lament that ended with “Damned jealousy, false interpretations and contempt that make my only friends the wild stallion and the sea.” Yet as Marianne Williamson’s famous poem “Our Deepest Fear” so eloquently reminds us, the insecurity of others should never cause us to fear the light that we all shine.

So I begin this Epilogue with gratitude and a full acknowledgement of my collaboration with Michael over the years he (and I) have worked on his (our) book. It is not a coincidence that I recently returned from a visit to Chiapas to spend some time with the Lacandon People of the jungle. There I learned these recently discovered descendants of ancient Maya are also experiencing a (hopefully) temporary loss of confidence in who they really are, owing to the intense and continual pressures to...

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