From the Teachings of Tecumseh                     

 

So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about his religion; respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours.  Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.  Seek to make your life long and of service to your people.  Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the Great Divide.  Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend or even a stranger, if in a lonely place.  Show respect to all people but grovel to none.  When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life and strength.   Give thanks for food and for the joy of living.  If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.  Touch not the poisonous firewater that makes wise ones turn to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.  When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.  Sing your death song and die lie a hero going home.