The “7th generation” principle taught by Native Americans says that in every decision, be it personal, governmental or corporate, we must consider how it will affect our descendants seven generations into the future. So that the pristine sky, field and mountains in this photo will still be here for them to enjoy.
[Western society generally considers a generation to be 25 years; the Lakota Nation considers one generation to be 100 years]..
It is clearly not embraced by most governments and corporations in the world today. I mean, when was the last time any of us thought about who’s coming along seven generations from now?
The 7th generation principal was so important to Native American cultures that it was codified in the Iroquois Great Law of Peace. To my knowledge, all Native American and indigenous tribes throughout the world embrace this teaching.
How to live by the 7th Generation principle
To live by this principle, one would ask, prior to any undertaking, how it will affect the land, water, air, animals, birds, plants and the future for our children seven generations into the future?
How does it apply to you?
Think about where you build a house, what kind of car you drive.
Do you throw out or recycle?
What kind of impact are you making on the earth?
What kind of message are you giving your children? Teach them by example.