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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 process of living and the process of dying are two sides of a great mysteriousness and both call for the same degree of Fearlessness to do them as intended.

—Four Arrows1

[re: “anthropocentric world view” as a major problem] In an interview with Amy Goodman [Democracy Now, June 26, 2012], David Suzuki also spoke about our ecological crises, warning that until we realize and then educate others to realize that we are part of the fragile biosphere, we are doomed. He added that the leadership in this awakening waits within the knowledge of our Indigenous Peoples.

—Four Arrows2

Any religion or psychology curriculum that does not significantly focus on cultures of fear and proven approaches for cultivating courage and fearlessness is inadequate in our era of crises.

—Four Arrows3

[F]earlessness is a foundational idea for teaching psychology and for living an authentically spiritual life according to Indigenous spiritual understandings.

—Four Arrows4

Nature cautions us to go slowly.

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