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Simplicity: A Pledge

This pledge was developed in response to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March, 2003.

"We understand that the drive behind terrorism in this world is about conspicuous consumption and materialism in the West that ignores the needs of the rest of the world. The appropriate response is not to destroy everyone who begrudges us our excesses, but to cease our excesses. As individuals we personally solemnly promise to change our behaviors at this moment. We understand that we have a government that does not understand our deep aversion to harm other people in the interest of maintaining and increasing our own material possessions. In order to make ourselves heard, we vow to make only those purchases that are absolutely necessary to existence. That would include food. It would not include long trips, evenings out, or new purchases of material possessions. We will make ourselves heard by not acting like "typical" Americans. We will say "no" to the American way that buys and buys without regard for other people and their needs and without regard for how we dispose of those items that we no longer need. We vow to become mature adults in a world with real pain and real needs. We vow to support those people in our own community who may be affected by these decisions. We wish them as profoundly well as we wish the poorest people in Africa or Asia or South America. We vow to behave like a community. We vow to care about each other, support each other, and to choose another way.

We have heard the cries of the world and we refuse to answer those cries with our own weapons of mass destruction. We will meet those cries with a response that answers to their hearts' needs. It is not unreasonable for a mother to want to feed her child. It is not unreasonable to want to be free of AIDS. It is not unreasonable to ask for simple shelter. We recognize that our excesses have created these needs in the world and we say, "No more." We choose to take our places in the world as full world citizens who individually take no more than our share of what is available in this world. We choose to let our President know that we are prepared to stand solidly on the side of world justice and that we are willing to sacrifice our own pleasures to that end. Now is the time. We are the people. As we share our solemn promises with our friends and family in person and through the Internet, we see a country where individuals stop their frantic activities and their excessive buying. We envision a real change in the mood of the country. People cease their incessant hurrying around and turn to each other for true human connections. We use that newfound time to pray for peace and to send love around the world. We refuse to spend a moment or a breath in hatred toward anyone. We embrace each individual and know that each of us wants to be happy and free of suffering. We wish each person on earth profoundly well and our actions support our wishes. We become whole as individuals and as a country. America finally lives up to the promise on which it was founded. It is the beauty of democracy that we can intelligently and individually choose to go another way. We do not need to wait to be led by a government, but can say for ourselves, "This is the path, this is the day, we are the people." We can move toward our highest potential as a nation. This is our true destiny!"


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