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Declaration of a Human

Declaration of a Human

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Published by Alex from Florida
This Declaration has a single purpose: to communicate with clear and inarguable understanding, some basic things that are common to us all, but which we forget.
This Declaration has a single purpose: to communicate with clear and inarguable understanding, some basic things that are common to us all, but which we forget.

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his Declaration was born was January 1, 2010. It is living document and like all living things, it must be born. This Declaration was born as it was being written. It doesn’t matter which one of us wrote it; whatmatters is that it lives by virtue of the human experience and therefore it is authored by all of us andmoves with us. We are all its parents. What is being declared is done so under the only authority possiblein order for it to be true; it was written by a Human Being. The common thread that binds these words toall of us is our
humanity
, therefore this Declaration is not written in representation of any group,organization, school of thought or any of the myriad of concepts, ideas, ideals, beliefs or other things that we created and are so fond of representing, in fact it represents no one; it is making a declaration that
stands
for every single one us, but in the end this document is merely a collection of words groupedtogether in single document. It is a human
expression
, not a
representation
of our humanity.Nothing, not a document and especially no person can represent another person; that is absurd concept.Humans can’t be represented by other humans; that violates the laws of physics, only the
interests
of one or some individuals can be represented by others, and we are all paying the price for being soconfused about something so simple. This Declaration is written because it needs to be written, so it can be read by others. It is written so it can be born.This Declaration has a single purpose: to communicate with clear and inarguable understanding, some basic things that are common to us all, but which we forget. It’s easy to do when the rest of us forget as well; for example, we forget to
think 
. Perhaps it’s because we gave life and validity to many concept andideas that we created and by doing so, we invalidate them and turn them into an aberrations, like what we did with the concept of 
representation.
If a person can’t speak because they are mute, then anotherperson can be their voice, if they agree as much and the
speaker 
becomes the representation of theother’s will to speak. If a person can’t walk because they are injured or infirmed, than another person can be their legs and carry them, if they agree as much and the
walker 
becomes the representation of theother’s will to walk. No one can be the representation of another’s humanity and their ability to
think 
 however, and even if any one of us, or all of, agrees as much, one person’s humanity cannot be therepresentation of another person’s humanity. That would be inhuman. A person can exist and be humanif they lose the ability to speak or to walk, for example but no one can exist without
thinking,
eventhough it might appear that way today. So many of us want to believe that we actually don’t have to
think 
 if we agree to have a representative to whom we delegate our
thinking.
That
 
is a severely flawed humanconstruct which has done an almost unbearable amount of damage to all of us. Believing that we do nothave to exercise our ability to
think,
the very thing which defines our humanity, beyond our ownindividual desires is to resign our humanity. Even worse; if, out of ignorance or even by imposition, weshould ever believe that we can
transfer 
our responsibility to
think 
to any other one of us so that we arefree to think only of ourselves, then we would living in our world, today, because that’s what we all think  we believe. We are many because it is
necessary
, otherwise there would only be one of us. What eachone of us
does
contributes to that which is the human condition, which is defined by what
all
of us do. We forgot this, too. These are things that we already know, somewhere inside of each one of us; each and
 
every one of us. These words are not for one of us or a few of us or about me, it’s about
us,
all of us. Allof us, by the way, includes the roughly 3.5 billion of us (that’s half of all of us) for which there isn’tenough of whatever is required for a person to be
civilized 
, so we ignore them. Half of us have no home,no dreams, no jobs, no money, and no food and not even a cup of potable water, yet we ignore them. Wecall them the poor or the unfortunate and lie to ourselves by thinking that poverty or homelessness orfear is a disease or something. We appease the guilt by feeling sorry for them and occasionally donatingsome of what the rest of us value above all else;
money,
as a gesture of solidarity and
 philanthropy
 (because, after all, it’s
money)
and then we just forget about them and ignore them. It
is
what we do,and each one of us knows this in our hearts. We may be able to act like we don’t, but if this were true,then why can we look into our
own
eyes when we look into a mirror? We
know
this as well; not talkingabout it doesn’t make it go away; just ask the person looking back at you from the mirror We are all we have. This Declaration is about
us
 because it’s all about us, it always has been; it’s justhard to remember sometimes. What matters is that we read these words, so we may remember what wealready know; that being human comes
naturally
; if one of us forgets something important, we helpeach other to remember. It’s not a matter of right or wrong, it’s simply what we DO, just like what we do(or at least what we know we should do) if the person walking in front of one of us trips and begins to fall: you help them. You reach out and steady them so they do not fall, or catch them if they are already falling or otherwise act to help them. It doesn’t require thinking, that’s just what you do. What requiresthinking is convincing oneself that it’s NOT what we do. Each one of us knows this. Afterward, we may continue walking, or stop and chat, or whatever else we decide, it’s entirely up to us. Everything that wehave ever done, we have done because we chose to and we made those choices because we can. We caneven choose to not do what we know we should do, even though we don’t know why we know we should.Somehow, we just know. These words have the same purpose; they stand for what any one of us does when another needs help; we offer our humanity to them. If you have forgotten what it feels like, don’t worry, it will come back to you once you make the choice to remember. We find ourselves at a point in the human experience where we must make choices. When it comes tomaking a choice, only the ability to choose is important. In the end, no single thing in our perception isany more or less important than any other thing, we choose the importance that we give things, because we can. We all live together in the civilized world that we chose to create and from which we are allrunning, before it kills us. If 
 I 
, as an individual who is also part of the Human race, choose to look beyond what
 I 
have been taught and what I thought I believed; namely, -that
 I 
am the center of my own universeand as such that
 I 
am the most important thing in the universe-, then
 I 
might see something else besidesmyself. Most of us only see ourselves individually and in our own mind; everyone else is just somethingthat has to be tolerated somehow. Waking up and looking beyond the tip of one’s own nose is a nosimple task. It is hard to leave the comfort of one’s own importance. It is hard because in order to do so,it must be true and we know when it’s true. Some truths are very hard to accept and we may choose notto accept a truth. That does not change the truth, however. We also know this. We all find ourselvesending up in that place where “I” come first and there we stay, regardless of circumstances. I foundmyself there as well and thought the same thing. I was wrong. This is simply the truth. It is my truth,
 
 which also happens to be our truth, for we are all connected by our humanity. Truth is also free, it’s costsnothing and cannot be sold or bought. There is never the need to create an incentive for truth; it is itsown incentive. When we forget this, what we are left with are the unpleasant illusions that are the resultof the lies we have chosen to tell ourselves since we realized we could choose what we tell ourselves andothers. Everyone feels the same exact way and we all know this, yet we actually believe that as long asnobody knows what “I” think, then we are safe. We believe this very much. “Nobody knows what I’mthinking. Nobody knows my intentions or what I really want. I can think only about myself and actotherwise. No one will know.” We choose to believe that as well and the very second that we do, we lie toourselves and THAT is messy. Yet we still believe no one will know. Each one of us knows and yet wehang on to those lies because it is all we know and we have made a mess because of it. We’ve been doingthis to ourselves for a long time now. So long that we seem to have forgotten that
we
chose this; wechoose, or transferred our right to choose, everything that exists today and which is killing us, inside andout. We just forgot, so we believe that those choices are a separate and independent “reality” with life,power and authority. This is why each one of us feels alone, even though we are many; we dare not sharethe privacy of our true thoughts with anyone, it would be unbearable to see ourselves reflected in the eyesof another person, yet they are actually reflected in the eyes of 
every
other person. There are almost 7 billion of us, and the vast majority feels utterly and completely alone and afraid, and those who don’t may  be completely lost. This is true and we all know it is so, until we remember that it is a choice. So then, why have we done this to ourselves? Why have we chosen to accept it and to perpetuate it? In the end,it’s a choice: an individual choice. Nothing can change that; nothing can change the reality that we are acollective made up of individuals. We simply don’t know how to reconcile the two: “I” and “us”. We canchoose to remember that we have a choice and then make some choices. We can choose to look atourselves in a mirror, with no one else there, and simply choose to stop lying to
ourselves.
This worldthat we have created is
not 
normal, it is a horrible and inhuman place and it is this way because that is what we chose to accept. It’s time to choose to give everything another try. It must be a true choice; weknow when it’s true. It’s a hard choice. To see any one of us is to see us all and we are all the same. Theprice of one instant of the truth is hefty. Once we drop the self-deceit, what is usually there, waiting to burst forth is FEAR and ANGER. It is logical to be angry. For the vast majority of us, life is unfair,unpleasant and painful, and it’s okay to feel anger but it’s never okay to give anger free reign, we all know this as well. If we look hard, we can see that it is there, in that tiny space between what
is
and what
willbe
, that we find ourselves now. We can no longer hide inside our own arrogance or guilt. Everythingthat we have ever done has ruptured the sack that we hid it all in and it no longer requires deepintrospection or concentration to see and feel heavy burden of the sum total of all the individual lies we’ve told ourselves for thousands of years. We can’t hide all of the atrocities we’ve either committed orallowed to be committed anymore; we can see it in each others eyes every time we look at each other. Weall know this. I repeat
we all know this
. The safety we felt by believing that “no one would know” what was in our minds and hearts is gone. We share the responsibility for what we’ve done to ourselves every time it beats us over the head. Our choices have put us in the position where we have
no choice
but tosee and feel what those choices have made of the human condition. We all know this and to some degree we’ve known this for a long time, we’ve just never talked about it. We’ve made it very hard to talk to each

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