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AHEM's Declaration of Interdependence | original 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.When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to define the social bands which will always connect them to all others, and to resume among the powers of the earth the dependent yet unique station to which the Laws of Nature oblige them, a decent respect to the opinions of humankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the definition.

It is obvious through observable and testable data, that all humans are connected and, in some way, rely on one another, that all people have 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. We hold these truths to be empirically evident, that all people are interdependent, that they are encumbered with certain unalienable needs and that among these are habitable surroundings and nurturing societies. -- 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. That to ensure that these needs are met, people institute and spread cultural beliefs, deriving their powers from the acceptance of individuals within each society, -- When it becomes clear that a way we have learned to think or behave is undermining our survival, 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. That whenever any Cultural Belief becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Responsibility of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new cultural beliefs, laying their foundation on scientific principles and organizing their powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their 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 if it means getting rid of harmful behaviors they are used to. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that culture long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that people are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the beliefs to which they are accustomed. But when it becomes clear that certain actions and behaviors are repeatedly threatening our continued survival, 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. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them to absolute extinction, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such culture, and to provide new Guards for their future sustainability. -- 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. Such has been the patient sufferance of most of the world’s people; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Culture. By focusing so much on making and buying, we have created cruel and oppressive conditions for ourselves and people throughout the world. The history of the present Consumer Culture is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny without regard for geographical or political boundary. Here are some examples of how we are threatening our chances for long-term survival: To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

We have focused too heavily on short-term gain, neglecting strategic plans to secure a future for ourselves and the generations to come.

We have structured our societies around mythological concepts, mistaking them for universally accepted truths, instead of relying on scientific data and empirical evidence to guide our decisions

We have focused on small differences that separate us instead of vast biological imperatives that unite us, allowing ourselves to exploit weaker individuals and societies when it benefited us economically and/or politically.

We have fostered a hegemony of consumption that is deteriorating our health, happiness, and safety.

We have placed growth in a position of paramount importance without concern for the environmental, health, and social consequences of doing so, ignoring our inescapable tie to our habitat and causing a dangerous decline in the biodiversity of species upon which we depend directly and indirectly for healthy food, clean water, and breathable air.

We have often chosen willful inaction over straightforward confrontation regarding difficult but solvable circumstances

Some have respectfully tried to lead efforts for change, but most of those people have been ignored or ridiculed while harmful behaviors have continued. In every stage of these Oppressions many have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: these repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. The evidence is now clear, however, that no one should follow a belief system so obviously destructive. A culture whose character is thus marked by every act which may lead toward Extinction, is unfit to serve as a guide amongst free people.

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. Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Own institutions. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their decisions to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over the one planet we share. We have reminded them of its unique ability to sustain life and our inability to emigrate and settle elsewhere. 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. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and survival. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. 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. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity to denounce Separation, and hold them, as we hold ourselves, members of an interdependent global community and, as such, responsible to all people.

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; We, therefore, the Representatives of the Anti Human Extinction Movement, in Virtual Congress, Assembled, appealing to the availability of scientific data and the ability of each person to reason logically for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of the world, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Individuals are, and of Need must be Free but Interdependent; that we will no longer and should no longer follow cultural beliefs that are not supported by fact; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to Unsubstantiated Cultural Beliefs, and that all intellectual connection between them and the State of Ignorance, is and ought to be totally dissolved; 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. and that as Free but Interdependent Individuals, they have full Power to avoid Extinction by establishing nurturing Societies and maintaining habitable Surroundings, and to do all other Acts and Things which Interdependent Individuals must of need do. 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. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of testable Evidence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Resources and our sustainable Commitments.

 

 
   
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