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Fearless Engagement of Four Arrows

The True Story of an Indigenous-Based Social Transformer

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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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6. Radical Honesty: Harnessing the Magic of Fear

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Harnessing the Magic of Fear

Bullshit abounds everywhere the world over as far as I can tell.

—Brad Blanton1

The development of courage should be a primary goal for learning. A vital tool for building compassion and self-discipline, it is the foundational virtue [of all virtues and] for moral education … it can be taught via [the] Indigenous worldview … an important realization.

—Four Arrows2

Practice complete honesty often. In a [Dominant] culture where Fear of ego injury is greater than Fear of physical injury and where verbal deceit is commonplace, this one mandate [I offer] will provide more opportunities to use Fear [and practice courage] than any other single recommendation.

—Four Arrows3

Only a massive rebirth of courage in both men and women will rescue the world.

—Moore and Gillette4

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