When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for William Collins to dissolve the bands which have connected me to Government, Religion or Corporation and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station and the freedom to which I am naturally entitled, a decent respect for the opinions of others requires that I should explain the causes which impel me to this Personal Declaration of Independence.
I, William Collins, hold these truths to be self-evident, that we humans are infinitely diverse, that we are all intrinsically endowed with certain and unalienable Rights, including Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
To secure these rights, Governments are formed.
To comprehend the meaning of these rights and our existence, Religions are developed.
To capitalize upon these rights, Corporations have grown.
All such institutions derive their just powers from the consent of individuals.
Whenever any form of any institution becomes destructive of Life, Liberty or Happiness, it is my right to alter or leave it. It is my right to build my own foundation upon the principles herein, to freely act in such a manner that will effect my safety and happiness, without impinging upon the same rights of others. It is not my right to impose my thoughts or beliefs upon others.
Individuals suffer a long train of abuses and usurpations by the very institutions that should protect and enhance our unalienable Rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Such abuses include the relentless pursuit of power by Government, the control of our belief systems by Religion and the destruction of our personal lives through employment at Corporations.
History has shown that we are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable , that to right ourselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. I seek no such abolition. I am not a revolutionary and see no forced influence over others.
Prudence, indeed, dictates that Governments, Religions and Corporations long established should not be changed for light and transient causes. I do not pretend to have the wisdom to change them. I merely declare my independence and freedom from one or more of these institutions.
When a long train of abuses and usurpations evinces a design to reduce me under absolute despotion, it is my right to leave such institution. I see not to provide new guards for the future security of others, except to publish this Declaration for their consideration.
If others accept, commit to and spread similar Personal Declarations, Institutions will, without force of violence, return to their original goals. Or they will perish, naturally.
Such is the power that today's electronic world provides. My patient sufferance has come to an end. Such is now the necessity to personally declare my Freedom and Independence.
I, William Collins, therefore solemnly publish and declare that I am a Free and Independent Person. I absolve myself from all Allegiance to whatever Institution I choose.
As a Free and Independent Person, William Collins may choose among countries that seek no power over me, to live in a country that practices the original purpose of government. I may choose to stay " home " if satisfied.
I may choose among Religions that seek not to manipulate or control me, to practice a Religion that brings joy and enhances my personal belief systems. Or I may choose not to practice any Religion, should I have no need for assistance with beliefs about God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
I choose to work in ( not for ) a corporation that respects this Declaration. Or I may choose to establish my own commerce. The internet empowers me to gain my place in the world's economy, free to live and work where and how I like.
I am free to compete in the global village, transcending any form of discrimination, as the internet knows no color, race, gender, age or religion. I chose to move forward, to be free and independent.
I understand that rights are not entitlements. Institutions owe me nothing. I am not entitled. I earn my way.
I believe in myself. I bring with me my brain and motivation. I have the tenacity and perseverance of the authors of the original American Declaration of Independence, without intent to exert force over others, including those who effect same upon me. No such violence is necessary in today's world.
This is my Personal Declaration of Independence. I, William Collins, will once again, as the original Declaration of Independence foresaw, pursue Life, Liberty and Happiness, on my own terms, with persistent integrity, to do all other acts and things which independent persons may of right, do.
I, William Collins, do hereby take control over my own life. I choose to live the new global dream.