We are interdependent. Each of us depends on the well-being of the whole,
and so we have respect for the community of living beings, for people,
animals, and plants, and for the preservation of Earth, the air, water, and
We take individual responsibility for all we do. All our decisions, actions,
and failures to act have consequences.
We must treat others as we wish others to treat us. We make a commitment to
respect life and dignity, individuality and diversity, so that every person
is treated humanely, without exception. We must have patience and
acceptance. We must be able to forgive, learning from the past but never
allowing ourselves to be enslaved by memories of hate. Opening our hearts to
one another, we must sink our narrow differences for the cause of the world
community, practicing a culture of solidarity and relatedness.
We consider humankind our family. We must strive to be kind and generous. We
must not live for ourselves alone, but should also serve others, never
forgetting the children, the aged, the poor, the suffering, the disabled,
the refugees, and the lonely. No person should ever be considered or treated
as a second-class citizen, or be exploited in any way whatsoever. There
should be equal partnership between men and women. We must not commit any
kind of sexual immorality. We must put behind us all forms of domination or
We commit ourselves to a culture of non-violence, respect, justice, and
peace. We shall not oppress, injure, torture, or kill other human beings,
forsaking violence as a means of settling differences.
We must strive for a just social and economic order, in which everyone has
an equal chance to reach full potential as a human being. We must speak and
act truthfully and with compassion, dealing fairly with all, and avoiding
prejudice and hatred. We must not steal. We must move beyond the dominance
of greed for power, prestige, money, and consumption to make a just and
Earth cannot be changed for the better unless the consciousness of
individuals is changed first. We pledge to increase our awareness by
disciplining our minds, by meditation, by prayer, or by positive thinking.
Without risk and readiness to sacrifice there can be no fundamental change
in our situation. Therefore, we commit ourselves to this global ethic, to
understanding one another, and to socially-beneficial, peace-fostering, and
nature-friendly ways of life.
We invite all people, whether religious or not, to do the same.