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Quote: Born with Obligations

“The difference between a Western settler mindset of, I have rights and an indigenous mindset of I have an obligation… Instead of thinking that I am born with rights, I choose to think that I was born with obligations to serve past, present, and future generations, and the planet herself.”

The above quote is attributed to indigenous Cherokee elder, Stan Rushworth [Source 1Source 2] The quote became popularized on social media in various forms, most recently in Sep 2020.

[See Also: Books by Stan Rushworth on Amazon]

By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is a freelance writer and tech consultant in Iowa City. He is also the founder and Director of the ResourcesForLife.com website. Learn more at AboutGregJohnson.com