The Declaration Of Interdependence

We, the sentient beings of the third planet (earth) from the star commonly known as the “sun”, declare that all existence is in a state of interdependence. The state of interdependence is a state of interbeing, of interconnectedness.

We recognize that people, animals, plants and minerals inter-are and share a single dwelling  place on planet earth.

Sentient beings consist of people, animals and plants. These three domains of sentient beings are totally dependent on each other and on minerals. We say that a state of “interbeing” exists between them.

The Nature Of Interbeing

RosePlants utilize minerals, other substances and sunlight to deliver oxygen to the atmosphere. Animals breathe oxygen and eat plants and other animals in order to survive and reproduce.

People rely on oxygen, plants, animals and minerals for survival and a good life.

Consider the rose in the picture on the left. The rose is always changing. Like everything else in the cosmos, it is impermanent. This is the insight of impermanence and it leads to the insight of interbeing.

The rose is made up of many elements. The rose has the sunshine in it. Sunshine is a component of the rose. Without sunshine, the rose cannot exist.

The rose cannot be by itself alone. The rose has to inter-be with all the non-rose elements such as the sunshine, the clouds, the rain, the minerals, the earth and the gardener.

These are some of the many non-rose elements. The rose can only be possible if these non-rose elements come together.

Thus the rose is empty of a separate existence.

We can therefore see the nature of  interbeing. Nothing exists by itself. Everything is interconnected with everything else.

This simple example of interbeing can be easily understood by a five year old child!

Hubble Deep FieldIf we look deeper, we can see the whole cosmos in the rose.

There once was a giant nebula of gas and dust in our region of the universe. This gas and dust was left over from the explosion of a giant supernova more than 4 billion years ago. All the elements essential for life and the rose were created in that supernova.

Our total existence is a result of stardust! We came from stardust and will once again become stardust when the sun becomes a jolly red giant and absorbs our planet. Back to stardust we will go.

Next time you look up in the sky and see the stars, recognize that what you see is a tiny fraction of what is out there.

Our galaxy is one of 200 billion or more galaxies. Our sun is just an ordinary star. The only thing special about it is that it has a planet in the “Goldilocks zone” – close enough to the sun to receive its warmth, but not so close that the water is vaporized. Earth is not so far away that the water is ice. It is the perfect zone for life as we know it to exist.

Other stars have planets and many have been discovered. As of the date of this writing, there are 851 observed exoplanets – planets that orbit stars other than the sun.

The Declaration Of Interdependence

So now that we recognize the nature of interbeing, what do we do?

We declare that all humanity is in a state of interbeing. From this we conclude that no one person is separate from the rest of humanity. No human being could exist by herself or himself at all. We are dependent on each other and the environment.

This means that all humans share an equal right to enjoy happiness and avoid suffering. This is the wish of all sentient beings!

Therefore, no one should enslave another.

No one should take the life of another.

No one should take from another anything that is not freely given.

No one should force a sexual act on another.

Everyone should listen deeply to the cares and concerns of someone in need.

Everyone should speak honestly, lovingly and clearly when they need to.

Everyone should consider the finite resources of our planet when deciding how to live their lives.

Loving Kindness And Compassion

If we recognize our nature of interbeing, we will appreciate that we have everything we need to be happy in the present moment. We can develop loving kindness and compassion towards ourselves and eliminate our fear of scarcity.

We can learn to shower loving kindness and compassion on ourselves and appreciate life just as it is.

Once we become accustomed to experiencing loving kindness and compassion for ourselves, we will naturally want to share this with our immediate family – our parents, grandparents, spouse and children and their children and so on. We can shower loving kindness blessings on these most important people in our lives.

Then we can spread our loving kindness and compassion towards our uncles, aunts, siblings and their children and their children’s children and so on to all members of our extended family.

Soon will will want to shower our loving kindness and compassion on our close friends and their families. These are the people we spend time with frequently and whenever possible.

Most likely, we will encounter family or friends who are suffering from an illness or other upsetting event. We can learn to shower our loving kindness and compassion on these folks as well. This kind of activity can even help them to heal.

Now that we know how to shower loving kindness and compassion on people we know, we can learn to shower loving kindness blessings on all sentient beings and our lonely planet.

Starting with ourselves, continuing with our loved once, all the way down to our planet we can use the following blessings. While they refer to ourselves, we can easily substitute someone or many other people or planet earth as the subject.

May I be at peace.
May my heart remain open.
May I know the beauty and the radiance of my own true nature.
May I be healthy.
May I be free of suffering.
May I be happy, truly happy.

In honor of the Declaration of Interdependence, we commit to make this a part of our daily meditation practices.

Sign The Declaration of Interdependence

We are all invited to sign the Declaration of Interdependence! This is fun and easy to do. Just place a comment on this page that says anything you want about the Declaration of Interdependence. It can be as simple as just your name or “I am honored to sign the Declaration of Interdependence.”

You may also suggest what we should do to make the Declaration of Interdependence better known. What suggestions do you have?

Originally posted on November 24, 2012.

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Comments

  1. I am honored to sign the Declaration of Interdependence.

    I am one of its authors.

    I think we should send the list of signers to President Obama and the UN.

    What do you think?

    Jerome

  2. Florence Jain says:

    Best wishes to all beings.

  3. Vien Nguyen says:

    I am honored to sign the Declaration of Interdependence. Interbeing is the natural existence of everything in the universe. The more of us has this understanding, the closer we are to make this earth a paradise full of peace, joy and love.

  4. bobbie cleave says:

    honored to be a part of this–I agree we should send it to Obama…..

  5. May all beings be at peace. Blessings.

  6. David Nelson says:

    What a wonderful aspiration and declaration.

    Why not have thousands of people deliver the signed document in person?

  7. Peter Kuhn says:

    Signed and signless.

  8. With Love & Blessings…

  9. Planet Earth says:

    What a beautiful expression of this natural law. If we honor it, we can save our planet and reduce much of the suffering in the world.

  10. Julie Thi Underhill says:

    This is a profound, wise, and beautiful statement. I am honored to sign the Declaration of Interdependence. Thank you for co-authoring it, Jerome.

  11. Ingrid Marongiu says:

    That is the truth!

  12. Elaine Anne says:

    I am honored to sign and support this document. May the world be at peace.

  13. As a wellness cheerleader, nurse, mother, wife, coach, earth dweller and friend, I am thrilled to sign the declaration of interdependence and think it will change the world when we stop competing and collaborate. Yes, send it to all politicians and let’s get it on the ballot. Wait!- Let’s feed it to the next generation through our actions and someone please make it into a nursery school rhyme, or into you tube videos, rap songs. Interdependent states, interdependent cities…interdependent resources…it’s coming.

  14. In gratitude to all beings in the human, animal and plant worlds I flow in the stream of Interbeing.

  15. I am deeply honored to sign and to be a part of all that is.

  16. Jill Connaway says:

    With love! May all beings be free from suffering.

  17. i am honored to sign and support the Declaration of Interdependence.
    http://mountainsangha.org/the-declaration-of-interdependence/

  18. i am honored to sign and support the Declaration of Interdependence

  19. Neal Jones says:

    Yes!

  20. Rev. Michael Henderson says:

    I am honored to sign the Declaration of Interdependence.
    Rev. M. Henderson

  21. I am thrilled to sign the Declaration of Interdependence.

  22. Edwin Everly says:

    I’m pleased to sign the Declaration of Interdependence.

  23. Edwin Everly says:

    yes!

  24. aparna pallavi says:

    The importance of an awareness of co-dependent origination cannot be over-emphasized in this ecologically challenged age of ours. There is a huge amount of research on the climate crisis, the oil crisis, the water crisis and other assorted ecological disasters looming on the horizon, and it is surprising how easily governments, international institutions, corporates and the common people alike are able to simply ignore this burgeoning evidence that we have gone terribly wrong, and continue with their invasive and destructive ways as if these don’t exist. Compassion is the only answer to this strangest phenomenon.

  25. May we be as one.

  26. I am honored to sign the Declaration of Interdependence. I am so happy to declare that all humanity is in a state of interbeing.

  27. Jacqueline Carini says:

    This is what pure truth and revelation actually leads to! I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful community of people creating change, beginning with themselves, one molecule at a time! ~OM SHANTI ~NAMASTE

  28. I am happy to sign a Declaration of Interdependence and to play a small role in spreading a big Truth!

  29. Nora Venegas says:

    I am deeply honored to sign and to be a part of all that is <3

  30. It’s a privilege to sign this declaration, and I would suggest that it be sent not just to President Obama and to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, but also to the leaders of every country on the planet.

  31. Bobbe Gripentrog says:

    Yes we inter are. Can you imagine life if small children learned this? //=