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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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The dominant cultures of the world today are free falling into an abyss. But they continue to hold on to the misperceptions that caused them to lose their balance in the first place.

—Don Jacobs1

This call is for right thinking and right relationships.

—Don Jacobs2

Big Picture: What Road Shall We Take?

Four Arrows, following the call of the Ancient ancestors presents modern people with an ethical dilemma of only two paths. The journey to clarity of right thinking and right relationships begins with a basic primal awareness of the circle or spiral form in which reality and truth are founded: that is, “Wholeness before and wholeness after, the end is nearest the beginning.”3

In the beginning, everything of value was Good—balanced, harmonious, whole—a primal condition of no fear.4 In ignore-ance and arrogance a departure point was taken.5 This wayward culture produced a chronic wasteland, a flatland—everything corrupted and polluted—the primal wisdom forgotten—values only relative—fearfulness invaded all—a gross disenchantment pervades unto this ← 23 | 24 → day.6 Fear that we inherited as a natural ally for survival, turns ironically, so it appears, to become our worst enemy.

At the extreme of chaos, disaster, dying, necrophilia and hopelessness—veritable Evil—a renewed opportunity arises as a gift to correct the corruption, to bring a New Order of vitality, biophilia and hope. Offerings emerge in diverse forms to...

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