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Published: March 25, 2012

Worm Cycle

By Kate Lotah

There is no ‘better’ or ‘worse,’ only different. That difference has to be respected whether it’s skin color, way of life, or ideas. The Chumash have a story about this.

"It begins with a worm

who is eaten by a bird.

The bird is eaten by a cat

whose self-satisfaction is disrupted by a mean-looking dog.

After devouring the cat, the dog is killed by a grizzly bear

who congratulates himself for being the strongest of all. About that time comes a man who kills the bear

and climbs a mountain to proclaim his ultimate superiority.

He ran so hard up the mountain that he died at the top.

Before long the worm crawled out of his body.”

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