Declaration of Dependence

by Karen Topakian

As our nation feverishly celebrates its independence, I’d like to celebrate my dependence….

Dependence on these words in the Declaration of Independence: We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Dependence on the tenets of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Dependence on the mission of the Declaration of Environmental Rights & Responsibilities: We, the future leaders of the world, in an effort to balance social equity, economic prosperity, and ecological integrity, establish that the environment has rights needing to be respected and that the citizens of the world have responsibilities toward the environment and the community that must be fulfilled.

And finally my dependence on my family and friends to help keep me safe, sane, secure, well loved and far from the path of straight and narrow.



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