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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 III Study Questions and Practices


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1. What were the most challenging claim(s) made in Part III by Four Arrows in terms of being critical of society in general? List a few and write a set of your own responses and critical questions spinning off of Four Arrows’ critique.

2. Do you ever find the critiques by Four Arrows or Fisher as over-bearing or arrogant? If not say why not. If so, say why you think so and how would you recommend changing the critiques somewhat to improve their effectiveness?

3. What does courage(ous) mean to your friends? Conduct a short survey. Analyze it. Write down a list of things you have observed about them that lead to your interpretations.

4. Evaluate if you believe people are as “courageous” as they appear to be? How could material in Part III (or the whole book) be useful as you think how to improve people’s courageousness?

5. Evaluate how courageous you think your parents (and/or major caregivers are or have been while you were growing up). Give examples of their behaviors and attitudes so as to back-up your evaluation. ← 257 | 258 →

6. Identify five fears you have or have had. Then list how courage (if it has) really helped you with them in the past, and how you could apply “lessons” on courage in Part III to enhance your understanding and management of those fears.

7. How well do you tell...

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