We’re not Indians and we’re not Native Americans. We’re older than both concepts. We’re the people, we’re the human beings.

— John Trudell

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Every human being is a raindrop. And when enough of the raindrops become clear and coherent they then become the power of the storm.

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Historically speaking, we went from being Indians to pagans to savages to hostiles to militants to activists to Native Americans. Its five hundred years later and they still cant see us. We are still invisible.

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I'm just a human being trying to make it in a world that is very rapidly losing it's understanding of being human.

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When I go around in America and I see the bulk of the white people, they do not feel oppressed; they feel powerless... and we understand the psychological genocide that they have already inflicted upon their own people.

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Our bones, flesh and blood are made up of the metals, liquids and minerals of the earth and everything on this planet is made up of the same things. As humans we have being, so everything on the earth does too in our culture, because we are made of the same thing.

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I think it's the responsibility of every human being, not just those who wear the identity of poet, activist, voter, religious person... it's the responsibility of every person. Our responsibility is to use our intelligence as clearly and coherently as we possibly can.

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Believing isn't thinking, but we've been programmed to believe that believing is thinking. To use our intelligence to think means we're keeping the energy active, we're thinking, we're really using the power of our intelligence in a thinking way. But when we've been programmed to believe, we're no longer thinking, because energy flows.

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We're all human beings and we all have feelings.

And we all live in this industrial meat grinder where we don't really understand love anymore.

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We must go beyond the arrogance of human rights.

We must go beyond the ignorance of civil rights. We must step into the reality of natural rights because all of the natural world has a right to existence and we are only a small part of it. There can be no trade-off.

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I think that if the political and social movement groups and organizations that operate in this country today had the same kind of energetic commitment that the medical marijuana people have, many things could change in this country.

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A lot of my writing is basically about observation, and things that I've seen, either through personal experiences or the experiences of people around me, or society at large.

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I've never not been pleased with one of my albums.

I figure because it's spoken word, there will be people who relate to it, and people who don't, so I don't worry about any of that. I've been doing it for over twenty years. I've always written because it was something I had to do, never for the glory.

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About John Trudell

Quotes 36 sayings
Profession Author
Birthday February 15, 1946

There are a lot of people who want to give orders and be bossy that don't deserve respect.

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We use our intelligence, our creative intelligence, because we create with intelligence.

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As human beings we're living in a reality of industrial madness.

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Because you look at it, you know, and there's basically one set of rules that protect that industrial ruling class. That's what the governments do, that's what the religions do. They protect the interests of that industrial ruling class.

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I don't write as much now as I used to, but I write.

The lines still come, maybe periodically, and I'll go through these little bursts of time where I write a lot of things then a long period of time where maybe I don't write anything. Or these lines will come into my head and I'll write 'em down in a little book, just little sets of lines, but I won't try to make stories or poems out of them. I'm doing a lot of that now, just the lines.

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We have power... Our power isn’t in a political system, or a religious system, or in an economic system, or in a military system; these are authoritarian systems... they have power... but it’s not reality. The power of our intelligence, individually or collectively IS the power; this is the power that any industrial ruling class truly fears: clear coherent human beings.

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They’re called poems but in reality they’re lines given to me to hang on to

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As human beings, we're given intelligence.

This is how we make our way through this reality, how we manifest our reality clearly and coherently.

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The strength of the poetry as we enter into whatever it is we are entering into, will be determined by the clarity of the thinking we put into it.

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Class is material consumed.

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There are always very angry or very cruel people that attach to movements.

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In the society of illusion, reality must manifest itself.

The story songs of Joel Rafael are that manifestation... the essence of minstrel.

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It’s like there is this predator energy on this planet, and this predator energy feeds on the essence of the spirit.

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The great lie is that it is civilization.

It's not civilized. It has been literally the most blood thirsty brutalizing system ever imposed upon this planet. That is not civilization. That's the great lie, is that it represents civilization.

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Sometimes when it rains, it's not that simple, when the sky has reasons to cry.

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The past is more than a memory.

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Don't trust anyone who isn't angry.

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Everything that has ever happened to us is there to make us stronger.

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The thing is, it has to do with heart - we have to understand what hearts are for before we can get back to heaven or paradise or the power in our minds.

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When we're believing, we're not really thinking, because the belief has walls: "This is what I believe." So what I believe is like a box, and we're taking the energy of our thinking and putting into a box of beliefs, pretending that we're thinking. But we're really stifling our own energy. We create these mental stresses and frustrations, because we're blocking our spirit, so to speak.

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I've gone through most of my life not believing anything. Either I know or I don't know, or I think.

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I think we live in an industrial dimensional reality where we're programmed to believe what we're told. We're programmed to believe them. We're programmed to believe what that ruling class wants us to believe.

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Protect your spirit, because you are in the place where spirits get eaten.

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