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Interwoven geometry in the tile artwork of the Alhambra in Spain
We the free beings of biosphere Earth,
in order simply to survive, do hereby affirm, ordain, and declare our total and constitutive interdependence- with one another, with all creatures of the air, the waters, and the earth, and with the mystery of Life itself. Thus do we consecrate ourselves to the service of Life, and to one another.
By this declaration we do also sever all bonds, whether legal, political, financial, or psychological, which may yet bind us to mechanisms of planetary suicide.
There can be no lesser commitment. Only this immediate and unconditional repudiation of the forces which presently imperil the whole Earth can possibly forestall annihilation. Recognizing and embracing our complete interdependence, we hereby and for all time formally declare:
There is no place among us for instruments of genocide. Be they nuclear, chemical, or biological, they are anathema. Henceforward, the design, production, possession, and/or deployment of any such instruments will be considered crimes against humankind and against Life itself, punishable by excommunication from humane society. Use of such terrible weapons ineluctably exacts its own terrible retribution.
Having no other home than this Earth, we cannot and will not escape a shared destiny: Life, or death. Having no other sane recourse, we choose Life. Having no other allegiance than to the sublime mystery of Life, we hold the following truths to be obvious and inviolate:
Life is the supreme value. Interdependence is the rule of Life. Love is the heart of this law.
Therefore, be it resolved by the free beings of this biosphere Earth, that:
This day we declare ourselves to be utterly, always, and only in the hands of one another —for better or for worse.
From: Nucleus: Reconnecting Science and Religion in the Nuclear Age, by Scott Eastham
Published in 1987 by Bear and Company, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
By David Richo, PhD
Psychotherapist, author, pastoral counselor
- The unjust distribution of goods that is based on the vast differential between rich and poor
- Destruction of the environment and its ecology
- Violence, war, and nuclear arms
- Oppression and prejudice based on race, sexual orientation, and religion
- The political and religious oppression of women in patriarchal societies
Politics is the supreme expression of charity. –Pope Pius XI
February 1, 2012 — From: https://occupiedmedia.us/2012/02/a-new-declaration/
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ABOUT DERRICK JENSEN: (from Wikipedia) Derrick Jensen is an American author and environmental activist living in Crescent City, California. Jensen has published several books questioning and critiquing modern civilization and its values, including A Language Older Than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, and Endgame. He holds a B.S. in Mineral Engineering Physics from the Colorado School of Mines and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. He has also taught creative writing at Pelican Bay State Prison and Eastern Washington University.
The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.
It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others—even our enemies—is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.
We therefore call upon all men and women ~ to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion ~ to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate ~ to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures ~ to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity ~ to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings—even those regarded as enemies.
We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensable to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.
Find out more about the Charter for Compassion by visiting the Charter web site.