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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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Part II Study Questions and Practices


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1. What is Four Arrows explanation for the value of using a capital on the term Fearlessness? And what is Michael Fisher’s concern about using a capital? What is your own view of how you’d like to write the term? Why?

2. As part of assessing your own critical literacy on Fearlessness, list all the books, articles and/or authors that you already know of whom are “experts” on this topic? Reflect on your list making comments and asking a few questions you maybe have not thought of before around your own knowledge (i.e., critical literacy) on Fearlessness.

3. Ask a few people you know, and/or others you don’t know so well, “How would you define Fearlessness?” Do you think it is a good thing, bad thing, or whatever? Explain your answer.

4. Ask a few people you know, and/or others you don’t know so well, “What expert(s) do they go to for their most reliable information on Fearlessness?”

5. From an anonymous author at a website, the author wrote: “The principle of Fearlessness refers to the life force that springs unthinkingly, when we are connected to the source.” Give several quotes as references from II-4 and II-5 that support a meaning of Fearlessness similar to what this website has published. Do you agree or disagree with this meaning? How might you improve upon the meaning based on what you’ve learned about Fearlessness? ← 191 | 192 →

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