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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 IV Study Questions and Practices


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1. The author and Four Arrows have at times used poetry as a way of expressing themselves. Have you? If so, how has it helped you in difficult times? If not, what gets in the way of creating poems?

2. Fear management is often said in this chapter and in the rest of the book as something not always rational and calculated. Search for poems, films, and other art forms that have utilized the arational (or non-rational) as approaches to work with Fear. After you have collected some, then do your own fearanalysis of them, and use poetry and arts of some kind to express what you found in studying these arational approaches. Then write a rational article on how a “balanced” approach to Fear management is likely a good idea and why.

3. CAT-FAWN is sourced in a vision primarily, the arational, in non-consensus reality. It has become a “tool” that guides you so you don’t become distressed overly by Fear when it arises. Spend an hour watching and/or reading the daily news, and observe yourself carefully as to what felt-sense is going on in your body, and what thoughts and emotions are arising. Then apply CAT-FAWN as a model (see Appendix I) to any negative experiences like Fear arising. ← 291 | 292 →

4. Four Arrows talked about “fitness and wellness” and was quite critical. Find out what he said about these and give you view about his views, and compare...

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