The Declaration of World
I , John WorldPeace,
declare that I am a World Citizen. As such, I declare that in all
social issues I will first consider how my personal actions and the collective
actions of the citizens of my nation will impact on other human beings
who I declare to be equal citizens of the world society. I declare
that I will not use my religious beliefs to judge or condemn or in any
way harm or prejudice any other human being in any way simply because
he or she does not believe as I do or because he or she has no religious
beliefs at all. I declare that I do not consider myself to be superior
to any human being based solely on my race. I declare that women
must be afforded equal rights with men in every single aspect of the
world society. - John WorldPeace
THE DECLARATION OF WORLD INTERDEPENDENCE
We the People of the World, hold these truths to be self evident; that all
people are created equal, that all individuals are endowed by their Creator
with certain inalienable Rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
We further declare that all other living systems sharing this Planet require
our utmost respect and thoughtful consideration to guarantee future generations
the inheritance of a world that is capable of supporting life.
Be it Known that in the course of human events it has now become necessary
for We, the People of the World, to realize the fundamental bonds that connect
us; to assume the inescapable responsibilities for our actions in relation
to the Laws of Nature; to render full and decent respect to every person,
with equal opportunity for all; and WE DO HERE DECLARE THOSE CAUSES THAT
IMPEL US TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND HONOR OUR INTERDEPENDENCE. These are:
1) THAT ALL LIFE IS INTERRELATED in ways we are only now beginning to understand.
We denounce the plunder, waste and destruction of the fragile systems essential
to the survival of the Earth and its tenants. We hereby assert and accept
our responsibilities as thoughtful Custodians and Managers of our Planet.
2) THAT GLOBAL SOCIETY IS A HIGHLY COMPLEX AND INTEGRATED ARRAY OF ELEMENTS,
EACH EQUAL IN GRACE AND VITALLY IMPORTANT TO THE SUCCESS OF THE WHOLE. The
nations of the world have the misperception of being separate and competing
entities whose survival is based upon the defeat or social subjugation of
their neighbors. This has now become an obsolete and fruitless mode of thought.
Acceptance of our interdependence does not suggest the imposition of inordinate
restrictions of individual or sovereign freedoms or excessive reliance on
others, rather, it will refine and reinforce existing forms of interaction
and initiate the necessary physical, political, psychological and cultural
mechanisms that will insure social diversity, improve mutual respect among
nations, and preserve the global environment.
3) THAT IT IS THE RIGHT, PRIVILEGE AND DUTY OF THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD TO
INSTITUTE UNPRECEDENTED SYSTEMS OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION. Ignorance,
greed, expediency, oppression and bigotry have perpetuated many of the
destructive practices that trouble our world, and they must be altered or
abolished in the common interest of creating a peaceful and sustainable world
society. We hereby call for the reorganization of powers so as to achieve
the abolishment of oppression, the reinstatement of environmental order,
the development of renewable resources, the establishment of worldwide economic
stability and the assurance of each individual's Health, Safety and Well-being.
We No Longer Accept the Previous and Existing Abuses of Our Planet, it Resources,
or its People. We choose to reconstruct equitably the entrenched interests
and worldwide systems that have created and supported those abuses. It is
our right - it is our duty - to throw off such practices, and provide new
measures for the security of ourselves and future generations. We acknowledge
the existing conditions of global interdependency and choose to uphold them
in order to bring about a Peaceful and Sustainable World Society.
Here Declaring and Accepting Our Interdependence, We pledge and commit to
each other Our Hands, Our Minds and Our Sacred Honor - to work for the right
of each Person and Nation to be free from oppression and poverty, for a safe
global environment and balanced ecology, and for the establishment and
maintenance of PEACE AND PROSPERITY AMONG ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD.
EARTH DAY PROCLAMATION
by John McConnell
June 21, 1970
Whereas: A new world view is emerging; through the eyes of our Astronauts
and Cosmonauts we now see our beautiful blue planet as a home for all people,
Whereas: Planet Earth is facing a grave crisis which only the people of Earth
Can resolve, and the delicate balances of nature, essential for our survival,
can only be saved through a global effort, involving all of us, and
Whereas: In our shortsightedness we have failed to make provisions for the
poor, as well as the rich, to inherit the Earth, and our new enlightenment
requires that the disinherited be given a just stake in the Earth and its
future ~~ their enthusiastic cooperation is essential if we are to succeed
in the great task of Earth renewal, and
Whereas: World equality in economics as well as politics would remove a basic
cause of war, and neither Socialism, Communism nor Capitalism in their present
forms have realized the potentials of Man for a just society, nor educated
Man in the ways of peace and creative love, and
Whereas: Through voluntary action individuals can join with one another in
building the Earth in harmony with nature, and promote support thereof by
private and government agencies, and
Whereas: Individuals and groups may follow different methods and programmes
in Earthkeeping and Earthbuilding, nevertheless by constant friendly
communication with other groups and daily meditation on the meaning of peace
and goodwill they will tend more and more to be creative, sensitive,
experimental, and flexible in resolving differences with others, and
Whereas: An international EARTH DAY each year can provide a special time
to draw people together in appreciation of their mutual home, Planet Earth,
and bring a global feeling of community through realization of our deepening
desire for life, freedom and love, and our mutual dependence on each other,
Be it Therefore Resolved: That each signer of this People Proclamation will
seek to help change Man's terrible course toward catastrophe by searching
for activities and projects which in the best judgment of the individual
~peacefully end the scourge of war
~provide an opportunity for the children of the disinherited poor to obtain
their rightful inheritance in the Earth
~redirect the energies of industry and society from progress through
products...to progress through harmony with Earth's natural systems for improving
the quality of life
That each signer will (his own conscience being his judge) measure his commitment
by how much time and money he gives to these purposes, and realizing the
great urgency of the task, he will give freely of his time and money to
activities and programmes he believes will best further these Earth renewal
purposes. (At least 9 percent of the world's present income is going to
activities that support war and spread pollution. Ten percent can tip the
balance for healthy peaceful progress.)
Furthermore, each signer will support and observe EARTH DAY on March
21st....(Vernal Equinox ~~ when night and day are equal throughout the Earth)
with reflection and actions that encourage a new respect for Earth with its
great potentials for fulfilling Man's highest dreams; and on this day will
join at 19:00 Universal Time in a global EARTH HOUR ~~ a silent hour for
(To endorse the Earth Day Proclamation, e-mail your first and last
name, city and state (or country) to
ORIGINAL SIGNERS OF THE EARTH DAY PROCLAMATION -- 1970-71
1. Alexander B. Grannis -- New York Assembly;
2. Judith Hollister -- The Temple of Understanding;
3. Luther Evans -- Former Director General of UNESCO;
4. Estelle Feldman (Ireland) -- 1970 World Youth Assembly;
5. David R. Brower -- Friends of the Earth;
6. Arvid Pardo -- Ambassador, UN Mission to Malta;
7. Margaret Mead Anthropologist;
8. Eugene McCarthy -- U.S. Senator from Minnesota;
9. John Gardner -- Common Cause;
10. Mike Gravel -- U.S. Senator from Alaska;
11. Hugh Scott -- U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania;
12. Buzz Aldrin -- American Astronaut;
13. S. O. Adebo (Nigeria) -- President of UN Assembly;
14. U Thant (Ceylon) -- United Nations Secretary General;
15. Maurice Strong (Canada) -- UN Environmental Program;
16. Y. Fukushima (Japan) Environmental Scientist;
17. Rene J. Dubos -- Environmental Scientist;
18. Lubos Kohoutek (Czechoslovakia) Astronomer;
19. Buckminster Fuller -- Inventor, Scientist, Scholar;
20. Mark Hatfield -- U.S. Senator from Oregon
In the years between 1990-1996 more people had become aware of the observance
of EARTH DAY; they wanted to be involved. They familiarized themselves with
the EARTH DAY PROCLAMATON. To demonstrate their agreement with all the concerns
and issues set forth they placed their signatures on the Proclamation joining
that of the Secretary-General and those that had signed in the previous years;
21. John Denver Singer;
22. Robert Muller (France) -- Assistant Secretary General, United Nations
23. Edward Abramson Majority Whip, New York State Assembly;
24. Isaac Asimov Author;
25. Aly Teymour (Egypt) -- Chief of Protocol, United Nations;
26. Anatoly N. Berezovoi (Russia) Cosmonaut;
27. Cynthia Lennon (United Kingdom) Artist;
28. Stan Lundine -- Lieutenant Governor, New York;
29. David Dinkins -- Mayor of New York City;
30. Oscar Arias -- President of Costa Rico;
31. Audrey McLaughlin -- Leader, NDP, Canada;
32. George Fernandes -- Minister of Transportation, India;
33. Carlos Salinas -- President of Mexico;
34. Yasir Arafat -- President of Palestine;
35. Yehudi Menuhin -- Musician, Violinist;
36. Mikhail Gorbachev 09/07/00
The names in black endorse the Earth Day Proclamation
but their names are not on the actual document.
37. John WorldPeace, Houston, Texas, USA, 10/24/00
38. Kay WorldPeace, Houston, Texas, USA, 10/24/00
Earth Magna Charta
By John McConnell
Founder of Earth Day
A world view, goal and agenda for the people of Earth
that will provide a healthy, sustainable future.
Our Miracle Planet
Harmony with Neighbor and Nature
Rights and Responsibilities
Global Goal: Every Person a Trustee of Earth
Ethics and Moral Values
How to Be an Earth Trustee
Young Earth Trustees
Earth Campaign: A Global "Effort For Earth"
Earth Magna Charta
The people of planet Earth have the raw materials, natural resources, and
the technology for all to enjoy a life of quality. But they are still restricted
by the evil that has dominated history. They lack the vision of the great
future now possible and how to attain it. As a result, the world is filled
with confusion and conflict.
This Earth Magna Charta provides the needed vision and the way. Individuals
and institutions can now be trustees of Earth, seeking in ecology, economics
and ethics policies and decisions that will benefit people and planet. In
the present state of the world, this Space Age trustee concept has a chance
of tapping the best in human hopes and aspirations and providing a healthy,
innovative and fulfilling future for our planet and its people. In this new
future, deeds will demonstrate what is best in creeds. Young Earth Trustees
will lead the way.
Our Miracle Planet
In this Magna Charta we will consider what we have, as a human family, on
this miracle planet we call Earth. To understand the possibilities and how
we can each participate in realizing them we need to think about basics.
Actions good or bad begin in the mind.
To plan and achieve the best future we must look at our assets and liabilities.
Experts will confirm the abundance of raw materials and natural resources
on our planet. (They have a value of hundreds of trillions of dollars.) There
is more than enough to provide and maintain a healthy life-style for everyone,
with more for those with greater ability and initiative.
This is possible now because of our advanced technology. A major problem
is how to restructure the social institutions of money, credit and property
rights so that there will be a level playing field where rights and
responsibilities will be recognized and realized. The Earth Magna Charta
provides guidelines to achieve these goals - recognizing that people with
different cultures and creeds will apply them in different ways. But all
can warmly support the goals presented here. Aided by the sense of connectedness
and the spirit of cooperation engendered by thinking of themselves as Trustees
of Earth - all benefit.
Harmony with Neighbor and Nature
The people of Earth can have a great future by working together for a global
goal all can approve. Here is a basic goal that most enlightened people of
every religion, clime and culture will support. Here is a principled purpose
that will quickly reduce the terrible chaos and conflict that troubles
civilization. Here is an idea that will bring ever increasing harmony with
neighbor and nature and bring peaceful progress in the human adventure.
The Earth Magna Charta describes the most important points of general agreement
about the physical world - and the common view of human rights and
responsibilities that naturally follow.
Rights and Responsibilities
We are all members of one human family that has inherited a planet rich in
resources. We each have an equal claim to its land, minerals and raw materials.
None of us produced them. We all need them or what they provide. We all have
need for their sustainable development and use. To assure equitable benefits
every individual and institution should seek to balance rights and
The long term goal must be to restructure social institutions so that there
is equitable return for services, efficient balance of supply and demand,
and fair benefits from our mutual claims to Earth's natural bounty.
One possible way to equitable benefits is for those who own land, oil, gold
or other minerals to pay a 2% royalty each year on their income from these
resources to a fund that will then provide the homeless their inheritance
or stake in their planet. All will then join in responsible care of Earth.
The digital economy will make it possible to eventually replace money and
credit as we know it with new, fair methods of trade and exchange.
Every Person a Trustee of Earth
In regard to the physical world we all can agree that we have only one Earth
- a miracle planet teeming with life. With our amazing new technology and
awareness of Earth's raw materials and natural resources we know that poverty
and pollution, the breeding ground of crime and corruption, can quickly be
eliminated. All that is needed is the will.
Here is the way: First, as Earth Trustees, leaders will focus on the many
solutions that are being found around the world. At present, too many accent
the negative and have no clear objective. You cannot be objective without
an object. The object is now the rejuvenation of Earth.
Then we must rally and inspire a grand Effort for Earth, an Earth Campaign
that will eliminate poverty and pollution and bring new freedom, order and
opportunity. This will happen as every individual and institution chooses
to act as a responsible Trustee of Earth.
Ethics and Moral Values
While there are many differences about race, religion, money control and
power - and conspiracy theories throughout history - we can agree that
institutional policies and actions of greed and deception are unfair, defeat
the common good and should be corrected. While laws are needed and passed,
without a strong spirit of community and cooperation their measure of success
is limited. The Earth Campaign will meet this need.
The great periods of progress in history have resulted from religious fervor
for universal ideals of honesty, freedom, justice and creative altruism or
divine love. A recent example was the Civil Rights Movement of Martin Luther
King Jr. Its essence is described in his book, "Strength to Love." The Campaign
for Earth needs to tap the deepest and the best in our religious faith or
People of different cultures can agree on basic moral values and deeds though
they may differ on creeds that relate to the great mysteries of life. For
honest agreement and cooperation we need to separate our creeds and their
claims about life and death from the ideas and actions in which we can all
agree. We can agree on the need for deeds that nurture people and planet
though we differ on creeds warmly held about mind and spirit and the ultimate
mysteries of the cosmos and its creator. Of course the best evidence of the
value of our creed is the love it produces in our lives. Common to every
major religion is the Golden Rule - treat others as you would like to be
treated. Now we have a new common ground: Awareness of our planet and our
responsibility to take care of it.
How to be an Earth Trustee
"Actions good or bad begin in the mind." Think, pray, talk and write about
how you can be an Earth Trustee. Help your neighborhood or town to be an
Earth Trustee community. Spread the word about recycling, planting trees,
neighborhood gardens, composting and saving energy, healthy diet, sleep and
exercise. When you buy or invest, make choices that diminish pollution and
poverty - that increase sustainable development. Join or form a group that
will further these purposes.
Young Earth Trustees
Arts and Crafts
The exercise of arts and crafts -- especially in the form of singing, dancing,
mime acting and music-making -- is the most effective antidote to violence
and crime. Let us ensure that every child from the very first year will NEVER
be deprived of the aural and physical experience on which its whole life
and the future of humanity depends."
There is no official Earth Trustee authorizing organization. Anyone is welcome
to use the name as long as they base their effort on the principles set forth
in this document. Any existing organization that adopts these purposes can
be an Earth Trustee business, school, church or temple. Any neighborhood,
city or state can form an independent Earth Trustee Committee to further
these purposes in their own way. All are invited to share what they are doing
Our new global communications with its Information Superhighway can under
this Charter bring rapid change to heal, nurture and improve life on Earth.
To accomplish this requires a radical change in attitudes and policies of
mass media. They must seek in every way possible to define and further Earth
Trustee goals. While plans and methods for achieving goals will differ, affirming
points of accord will increase harmony and accommodation. The new policy
will be, "Accent the positive, headline solutions, pursue excellence. Give
honest assessment of things as they are and then with creative vision, aided
by computer data, show the better future that intelligent decisions will
bring - with follow-up on actions taken and their results."
A Global "Effort for Earth"
To this end, every radio, television station and newspaper who endorses this
Earth Magna Charta will join the Campaign for Earth, reporting problems and
progress; radio and television stations will carry daily non-verbal Earth
Minutes at designated times - 0300, 1100 and 1900 GMT. These non-verbal minutes
of inspirational music, views of children and natural wonders, will remind
us we are all connected and working for one goal - Earth's rejuvenation.
Simultaneous and world-wide, they will deepen our awareness.
Each year on Earth Day, March 20-21, the Peace Bell at the United Nations
will ring at the moment spring begins. As this occurs, a celebration of life
will cover our globe as bells ring in every community and people join in
heartfelt love and devotion to the care of this nest in the stars: Earth,
our wonderful home.
To the official International Earth Day
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UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Adopted by UN General Assembly Resolution 217A (III) of 10 December 1948
WHEREAS recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable
rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice
and peace in the world,
WHEREAS disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous
acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world
in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom
from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common
WHEREAS it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse,
as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human
rights should be protected by the rule of law,
WHEREAS it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations
WHEREAS the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed
their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the
human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined
to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
WHEREAS Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in cooperation
with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance
of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
WHEREAS a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest
importance for the full realization of this pledge,
Now, therefore, Proclaims
THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement
for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every
organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive
by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms
and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their
universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples
of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their
1 All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are
endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in
a spirit of brotherhood.
2 Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political,
jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which
a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or
under any other limitation of sovereignty.
3 Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
4 No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade
shall be prohibited in all their forms.
5 No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading
treatment or punishment.
6 Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the
7 All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination
to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against
any discrimination in violation of the Declaration and against any incitement
to such discrimination.
8 Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national
tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the
constitution or by law.
9 No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
10 Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by
an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights
and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
11 1 Everyone charged with a penal offense has the right to be presumed innocent
until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had
all the guarantees necessary for his defense.
2 No one shall be held guilty of any penal offense on account of any act
or omission which did not constitute a penal offense, under national or
international law, at the time it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty
be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offense
12 No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy,
family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honor and reputation.
Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference
13 1 Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the
borders of each state.
2 Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to
return to his country.
14 1 Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum
2 This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising
from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles
of the United Nations.
15 1 Everyone has the right to a nationality.
2 No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the
right to change his nationality.
16 1 Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality
or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled
to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
2 Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the
3 The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is
entitled to protection by society and the State.
17 1 Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association
2 No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
18 Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion;
this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom,
either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest
his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
19 Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression: this right
includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive
and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
20 1 Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
2 No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
21 1 Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country,
directly or through freely chosen representatives.
2 Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
3 The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government;
this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall
be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by
equivalent free voting procedures.
22 Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and
is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-
operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State,
of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity
and the free development of his personality.
23 1 Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just
and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
2 Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal
3 Everyone who works has the right to just and favorable remuneration ensuring
for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and
supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
4 Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection
of his interests.
24 Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation
of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
25 1 Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health
and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing
and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security
in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or
other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
2 Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All
children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social
26 1 Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least
in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be
compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally
available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the
basis of merit.
2 Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality
and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations,
racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United
Nations for the maintenance of peace.
3 Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be
given to their children.
27 1 Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of
the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and
2 Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests
resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he
is the author.
28 Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the
rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.
29 1 Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full
development of his personality is possible.
2 In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only
to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing
due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of
meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare
in a democratic society.
3 These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes
and principles of the United Nations.
30 Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State,
group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act
aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
DECLARATION OF HUMAN UNITY
Whereas, the very existence of all human beings is substantially at risk, many of our institutions are impaired, and the possibilities of human life are unfulfilled, and
Whereas, our action together universally as human beings for our common survival and fulfillment is becoming a clear necessity, and
Whereas, effective means of communication are now available to unite all human beings and therefore to maximize the prospects of all human beings for a secure and full life,
We hereby declare our unity as human beings
beyond all our differences.
We invite all people throughout the world to act together as human beings and support of our shared priorities from survival to fulfillment. It is our lives as human beings which we share in common beyond all our differences such as race, sex, religion, class, culture, and nationality. We affirm the simple fact of our humanness as the bedrock
reality of our lives and institutions. By bringing our common humanness to the
foreground of our lives, we will be able to act together with all other human beings to meet our priority needs and shared aspirations.
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