“A Declaration of Interdependence” by Tiffany Shlain

When in the course of human events, it becomes increasingly necessary to recognize the fundamental qualities that connect us,

then we must reevaluate the truths we hold to be self-evident:

That all humans are created equal and all are connected.

That we share the pursuits of life, liberty, happiness, food, water, shelter, safety, education, justice, and hopes for a better future.

That our collective knowledge, economy, technology, and environment are fundamentally interdependent.

That what will propel us forward as a species is our curiosity, our ability to forgive, our ability to appreciate, our courage,

and our desire to connect…

That these things we share will ultimately help us evolve to our fullest common potential.

And whereas we should take our problems seriously,

we should never take ourselves too seriously.

Because another thing that connects us…is our ability to laugh…

and our attempt to learn from our mistakes…

So that we can learn from the past, understand our place in the world, and use our collective knowledge to create a better future.

So perhaps it’s time that we, as a species, who love to laugh, ask questions, and connect….do something radical and true.

For centuries, we have declared independence.

Perhaps it’s now time that we, as humans, declare our interdependence!

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