OF MEMBERSHIP IN THE HUMAN COMMUNITY
* That I have things in common with at least some other people.
* That I am content
to have different physical attributes, as well as different beliefs,
* That I do not
seek to justify the persecution or exploitation of those from whom I
* That I seek
to benefit according to my values, as all others seek to benefit according
* That I have
a practical, common cause with all other people in the care and
* That this
document expresses my MINIMUM commitment to membership in the
The Human Community
A Personal Declaration of Membership in the Human Community seemed a good idea at the time of its birth. Man's inhumanity to man apparently finds few limits. Those we persecute are somehow always painted as less than human (for it is OK, the psychology goes, to mistreat an animal). Every religion has an argument for the human duty of its believers, yet every religion has been used as a weapon against supposed enemies. Our wavering morality does need a strong attractor set into the current of life. So the Personal Declaration is a paper raft upon which to float some human values, an attachment so open that no one is cast adrift, regardless of origin, religion or culture. I worry a bit, from the chronicle of human experience, that any Declaration such as the one proposed is a lens whose focus can concentrate both good and evil. At least let my wish be known that the Personal Declaration of Membership in the Human Community should never be used as a weapon against anyone. ARE YOUR HUMAN(E)?
|published by Thorold (Thor) May|