Monday, May 14, 2007

Freedom from Self Improvement Day

Tuesday, May 15
International Freedom from Self Improvement Day!

Declaration of Independence

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the emotional bands which have connected them with an intent to improve upon the self…

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal and in perfect form – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

— That the only means by which to access this innate perfection is through an embracing of what is, right now;
— That whenever any Form of Self-Improvement becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new philosophies;
— But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object (self-improvement) devolves into Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Self-Improvement, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

We, the undersigned, do hereby agree that for the twenty-four hour period of May 15, 2007, we will cease and desist from self-improving behaviors intended to downplay, deride, belittle, abuse, or otherwise reflect negatively upon our current Selves. And should we falter in this effort, we will embrace our mistakes and missteps with love, humility, gratitude, and compassion, realizing that we are, at our core, absolutely perfect exactly as we are in this moment.

written by Jennifer Louden

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