The story of civilizations is the daily activities of people struggling with relationships and economics. The democracy of the banks is learning to succeed in an environment with the diversity of ideas, needs, and desires. Learning how to live together. Dhani Jones expresses this reality as, “…it’s about embracing each other’s’ stories and maybe even finding that synergy to collaborate for the common good.”

The common good is the benefit or interest of all. To understand the common good, and the experiences of the bank, we listen to the ancients. The native American Blackfoot saying “What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” This describes the reality of daily living. Most of all the following puts this all into perspective. “Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children” Throughout all my international travels I find this ancient wisdom to be the kernel of daily life, the struggle and desires of families.

Be assured that the majority living on the banks will always work towards this end. No matter how many times, the river navigators try to change this, the story of civilization will eventually triumph.