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AHEM's Declaration of Interdependence | modernized version
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When a group of people recognize the ways they rely on one another and their surroundings and realize they need to collaborate, it is important to help others understand why.

It is obvious through observable and testable data, that all humans are connected and, in some way, rely on one another, that all people share the same basic requirements for survival, and that these requirements include both a suitable place to live and a supportive group of people who share a common culture. In our attempt to achieve a suitable place to live and a supportive social network, we share our ways of doing things, and these behaviors become influential when emulated. When it becomes clear that a way we have learned to think or behave is undermining our survival, however, it is the job of each of us to actively change or completely get rid of it, and instead develop a better way of behaving that scientific findings have shown will protect, rather than threaten, our safety and happiness. It is not wise to change how we have learned to do things on a whim or for trivial or temporary reasons; and, in fact, history provides many examples that demonstrate people are more likely to continue to deal with conditions that threaten their survival than they are to correct their situation when correction entails getting rid of habits they are used to. But when it becomes clear that certain actions and behaviors are threatening the survival of our entire species, then we have the ability–in fact, the obligation-to get rid of these beliefs, and establish new beliefs that will protect our ability to meet our basic needs today without taking away the ability of future generations to do the same. We have been dealing with the unpleasant consequences of our harmful beliefs for a long time, but now we must set up better ways of doing things because it is clear our current systems are threatening our survival. By focusing so much on making and buying, we have created cruel and oppressive conditions for ourselves and people throughout the world. Here are some examples of how we are threatening our chances for long-term survival:

  • Because of our lack of strategic planning, we have designed linear systems on a finite planet.
  • Through our design of these linear systems, we have developed warped mythologies and relied on magical thinking.
  • Our mythologies and magical thinking have bred cultural bias and allowed for exploitation.
  • Through bias and exploitation, we have created a destructive and widespread culture of consumption.
  • This culture of consumption demands continued growth at the expense of habitats, species, and other cultures.
  • Although our very existence as a species is threatened, we continue to avoid addressing these serious problems.

Some have respectfully tried to lead efforts for change, but most of those people have been ignored or ridiculed while harmful behaviors have continued. The evidence is now clear, however, that no one should follow a belief system so obviously destructive.

We have cautioned our institutions against expanding unfair control over our natural resources and reminded them that relocation is not an option because Earth is the only known planet that can support human life. Assuming our institutions had our best interests in mind, we have asked them to stop promoting a system that destroys our relationships and harms our well-being. To our disappointment, these efforts have been unsuccessful. But separating ourselves into groups and blaming each other for our problems is not the solution. We have to recognize that our institutions are made up of people facing the same limitations, preconceptions, and roadblocks we all are; we’re all members of the same worldwide community and as such we’re all responsible for getting these problems solved.

Basing our actions on available scientific evidence, the people who have signed AHEM’s Declaration of Interdependence are accepting that as independent individuals we must unite because we depend on one another; that we will no longer and should no longer follow cultural beliefs that are not supported by fact; and that as interconnected individuals, we have the ability to choose to avoid human extinction by forming a supportive system of beliefs and sustainable living conditions. In support of this Declaration of Interdependence, which is based on observable and testable data, we commit to one another our lives, our resources, and our promise to live within the means of the one planet we share.

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