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He aha te mea nui o te ao?

Posted May 10th, 2011 at 11:19 AM by Misheard Whisper
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He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata.
He tangata.
He tangata.

That's an old Maori proverb. The meaning follows thus:

What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people.
It is people.
It is people.

I think . . . I think I need to remember this. I think everybody needs to remember this.
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    Xyrin's Avatar
    Ahh. That's nice, I think that's the truth too.

    So do you know Maori? From what I've researched at school they seem pretty cool.
    Posted May 10th, 2011 at 11:54 AM by Xyrin Xyrin is offline
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    Anna's Avatar
    I like this. I try my best to live my life by that philosophy (though I didn't know the proverb 'till now).
    Posted May 10th, 2011 at 5:55 PM by Anna Anna is offline
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    Misheard Whisper's Avatar
    I don't speak Maori myself, no. But they certainly have an interesting culture. Maori people are still the subject of much discrimination in New Zealand, though, much like the Aborigines in Australia, although to, I think, a lesser extent. Setting aside my natural everybody-should-be-equal-anyway thing, it's beautiful words like this that make me wonder why.
    Posted May 10th, 2011 at 9:02 PM by Misheard Whisper Misheard Whisper is offline

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