Explain: Yonder sky that has wept tears of compassion…may change.

QuestionsExplain: Yonder sky that has wept tears of compassion…may change.
S. K. Singh asked 1 year ago

Explain this first line of Chief Seattle’s Speech (1854): “Yonder sky that has wept tears of compassion upon my people for centuries untold, and which to us appears changeless and eternal, may change.”

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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 1 year ago

In the above quoted line, Chief Seattle is saying that nature has been a great sympathizer not only for the Red Indians but also for the entire human race for the centuries untold. Nature has given us everything we need to live on this earth. But it may not always remain so. Though the condition appears to be eternal and changeless, it may finally change if we do not respect nature. This is Seattle’s warning against the rapid progress of western civilization, the White people’s way of progress disregarding the need to protect nature.

Also read: Why does the speaker say “tomorrow it may be overcast with clouds”?

[updated on March 21st, 2018]

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