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My Declaration of Interdependence

In the course of human evolution it becomes necessary to acknowledge that we are interdependent beings living in a complex and interconnected world. I’ve learned that we move from dependency to independence to the awareness and appreciation of interdependence.

I hold these truths to be self-evident:

That all people are created equal, that all men and women have the right and the responsibility to use this equality and their talents to better themselves and their fellow Earthlings.

No one is an island unto themselves. We need people and they need us. We’re all valuable and important in the grand scheme of things.

Everything I do affects everything else—even though I may not know what my actions, beliefs and presence will ultimately influence.

I therefore declare myself a free yet interdependent man.

I commit to doing my best in making my life, my family, my community, my country and my world a better place.

I promise to value and acknowledge the contribution other people and organizations make to me, my life and my mission. I pledge to regularly thank and appreciate everyone who adds value.

I will focus my talents and resources in order to effectively help people to increase their performance, profits and potential.

I vow to be a life-long learner. I pledge to seek out the teaching in every person, event and experience—to learn and to share my learning.

I commit to optimizing the hard-earned freedoms we enjoy—and often take for granted—in order to fully realize the dream of our founding fathers. I will do all I can to promote and secure our God-given, inalienable rights for all members of “Spaceship Earth.”

And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, I pledge my life, my fortune and my sacred honor.