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World peace is inevitable. The world has gone from tribes to city-states to nations and international unity is obviously the next step. But the world can have peace either the easy way or the hard way - everyone can either become more positive now or allow their greed and corruption to cause a disaster. A disaster so terrible that people will want to turn their backs on their previous negative ways and create a society based on different priorities, something closer to Aboriginal traditions. Banjo Clarke, Wisdom Man - p.240
I want us to cross a bridge to which we will never return. Banjo Clarke
We feel very close to people's spirits, and people from the spirit world let us know things. That's the Aboriginal tradition. Speak that way to any Aboriginal, and he'll understand exactly what you're talking about. I would tell my children that often the spirit of someone what has passed on will come to you in a dream, or you'll get a warning that a friend or relation is sick. Something strange happens, and you know it's a message from the spirit world. Aboriginals live alert to these things all their lives. But we don't tell people about them. We are afraid of being laughed at over things which are absolutely true. Wisdom Man - p.160
When forgiveness and love of the planet and a love of the people that walk upon it are your main priorities in life, then things get easier between people. Then disputes tend to fade away. And the ultimate goal is, the laughter returns. Banjo Clarke
The Olympic gold-medalist runner Cathy Freeman is an Aboriginal Baha'i young lady who's going very well despite the opposition. But once you're a sportswoman, you're accepted today, whatever your color.
…In the early days, when Aboriginals became good at a sport, they often had to pretend they came from another race - not Aboriginal. They had to register under a different nationality. Why was that attitude created?
Wisdom Man – p.190
I'll never leave here. My heart and spirit will never leave the bush. I do not understand the notion of 'title' and 'ownership'. Who can own the forest but God? It is a cathedral to me, a special place where I can feel my ancestors' presence. It's my homeland, the spirit of my people, where they roamed, sang and told stories. Whether you are black or white, you need to love, respect and be kind to this cathedral, and never, NEVER undermine it.
You always come back to your homeland. You always come back.
Banjo Clarke, Wisdom Man – p.244
I'm glad to pass on the ancient wisdom to anyone who likes to listen. And a lot of the young people DO listen. They come along to see me - lost kids, little white kids, little Aboriginal kids on drugs. They come home and ask, 'Could I stay for a while?' 'Yeah!' I say. 'We've got lots of room here - have a feed, mate. If I'm ever not home, help yourself. Have a good rest, mate.' I treat them with kindness, you know, because they feel at this time in their life that they've got no friends. But some people say to me, 'Why do you have all these no-hopers coming here? Don't take them in. They're druggies, they're this, they're that - they're thieves to feed the habit they're on.'
'Listen mate,' I say. 'This is a refuge for lost souls. My door's open for everyone, and they're all welcome. That's all I can do. You don't hunt them away, kick them in the gutter somewhere. You reach out a friendly hand and help them, mate.'
And they're crying out for help, too!
Banjo Clarke, Wisdom Man – p.15
... I don't know whether he was one of the children that were abducted in Australia; I don't know if friends of his were; I don't know what his affiliations were. He (Florida restaurant worker) was...so emotionally taken by seeing this picture and this book that he really couldn't talk. He really couldn't talk. Barbara Bixon Carter (pen name A.R. Allen)
Author, If You Really Loved Me You’d Take Out the Garbage.
My father had so much love and acceptance with many people of the world and there was a relationship which I felt was unusual; that was my father’s relationship with Camilla Chance, the one who penned his book, Wisdom Man. Len Clarke, Banjo’s son