The earliest recording of the 7th Generation principle dates back to the Great Law of Peace of the Iroquois Confederacy created in the 12th Century.
The 7th generation principle taught by Native Americans says that in every decision, be it personal, governmental or corporate, we must consider how it will affect our descendents seven generations into the future. So that the pristine envionment of Glassbar Island will be here for them to enjoy.
The 7th generation principal was so important to Native American cultures that it was codified in the Iroquois Great Law of Peace. To my knowledge, all Native American and indigenous tribes throughout the world embrace this teaching.
When our Founding Fathers looked for examples of effective government and human liberty upon which to model a Constitution to unite the thirteen colonies, they found it in the government of the Iroquois Nation, which, at that point, had stood for hundreds of years.
In drafting our constitution, our founders left out one of the essential principles of the Great Law of Peace: the 7th Generation principle.
It is ironic, because it is the heart of this very successful model of government. The Iroquois Great Law of Peace has today stood for 1,000 years.
It is the omission of the 7th Generation principle, and the role of women in government, that led Native Americans to say that, the U.S. copied the Great Law of Peace but did not really understand it.
Long before environmentalists got us thinking about carbon footprints, and sustainability, indigenous peoples lived in balance with the world around them.
For a deeper understanding of this principle, watch this brilliant TED talk on Becoming Great Ancestors Just 16 minutes long.