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The Bill of Rights
First there was the “Bill of Rights” and our belief in the precepts of “Freedom of Choice”. We believe both to be basic to the human condition, to managing our interrelationships and to regulating lawful behavior.
We are all citizens of planet Earth … and as such, we need to understand that our rights and freedoms are not meant to place us above anyone else, but are meant to equalize our field of influence. We also need to come to grips with the concept that our rights and freedoms as citizens of planet Earth are not subject to the popular vote. Simply put, they can never be taken away by any act of law or of man.
However, and by necessity, underlying these rights and freedoms are certain equally valid and applicable responsibilities. Think of the following seven edicts as a functionary utility of acceptance and activation of your rights and freedoms. One does not come without the other.
The seven edicts of responsibility
- To be accountable for one’s own actions … and the consequences of those actions. This covenant assumes that both the “Bill of Rights” and “freedom of choice” necessarily point toward responsibility and accountability; and that both must function as a utility of our willingness to exercise such rights and freedoms.
- To be responsible to, and for, the truth; to be well educated and well informed. Truth is not a variable, subject to the requirements of any expected or desired outcome. Our responsibility to each other is full and unadulterated clarity … in everything we think, say, and do. The pursuit of such knowledge and truth is a lifelong commitment. We cannot possibly fulfill any of our moral responsibilities without a strong measure of informed participation.
- To become a responsible “Earth” citizen. The vitality and viability of the human species, as with all other species, depends entirely on living in balance with nature. We must begin to see nature and her abundance, not as a commodity to be monetized, but as a gift to be protected and shared equally by all life. Rampant consumerism and the blind pursuit of profits are ideas that are no longer acceptable as models for our societal or economic structures.
- To commit to being an active participant. This covenant is rooted in the belief that we must strive to meet our own needs, the needs of our family, our community, our nation, and our world … all in equal measure. It is a given that every individual has the capacity to be a contributor at some level; willingness being the equalizer for all unbalanced skill sets. Further, active participation includes the formulation of accepted rules (laws) based on a solid foundation of moral codes and ethics …and an unbroken chain of respect and compliance.
- To respect the rights and beliefs of others … including their property. In a free society, diversity is expected and welcomed; acceptance is logical. Equally, the right to keep and enjoy personal property depends entirely on our willingness to allow others to keep and enjoy theirs.
- To give sympathy, understanding and help to others in need … without expectation of reward. Giving is giving; it should make no demands. Our whole approach to life and human interaction must evolve. Our journey, as a species, cannot be completed by leaving others behind.
- To Respect and honor the Spirit of our unborn children. Our world … I refer to that finite environment that permits life to exist at all … is a closed system. What we create from the raw materials earth provides … stays in the system … and re-visits the next seven generations of our children. Our legacy must be more than technology without morals, and landfills full of squandered resources.
Earth based facts (if the earth was perfectly smooth)
Average depth of water = approx. 1.6 Miles (.0002 of earth’s diameter)
Average depth of breathable air = approx 15,000 feet. (.00036 of earth’s diameter)
Average depth of soil = 8 inches (.00000002 of earth’s diameter)
Earth’s human population = 6.6 billion, that’s 6,600,000,000 people
Land mass = 57,511,026 sq miles
Population density = approx 114.7 people/sq mile
To give you an idea of how important it is to save our precious environment … if you took a standard basketball and covered it with a single coat of paint … that coat of paint has about the same percentage of thickness as that of the breathable air depth on the Earth. Without air … we would die within minutes.