August 27, 2006
Materialism vs. spiritualism
The Setons also nailed the key difference between Western and Native civilization in the chapter titled "The Soul of the Red Man: His Spirituality":
The culture and civilization of the Whiteman are essentially material; his measure of success is "How much property have I acquired for myself?" The culture of the Redman is fundamentally spiritual; his measure of success is, "How much service have I rendered to my people?" His mode of life, his thought, his every act are given spiritual significance, approached and coloured with complete realization of the spirit world.