Declaration of evolution
by Timothy Leary, PhD.
When in the course of organic evolution it becomes
obvious that a mutational process is inevitably dissolving the physical and
neurological bonds which connect the members of one generation to the past and
inevitably directing them to assume among the species of Earth the separate and
equal station to which the Laws of Nature and Nature's God entitle them, a
decent concern for the harmony of species requires that the causes of the
mutation should be declared.
We hold these truths to be self evident:
- That all species are created different but
- That they are endowed, each one, with certain
- That among them are Freedom to Live, Freedom to Grow,
and Freedom to pursue Happiness in their own style;
- That to protect these God-given rights, social
structures naturally emerge, basing their authority on the principles of love
of God and respect for all forms of life;
- That whenever any form of government becomes
destructive of life, liberty, and harmony, it is the organic duty of the young
members of that species to mutate, to drop out, to initiate a new social
structure, laying its foundations on such principles and organizing its power
in such form as seems likely to produce the safety, happiness, and harmony of
all sentient beings.
Genetic wisdom, indeed, suggests that social structures
long established should not be discarded frivolous reasons and transient causes.
The ecstasy of mutation is equally balanced by the pain. Accordingly all
experience shows that members of a species are more disposed to suffer, while
evils are sufferable, rather than to discard the forms to which they are
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, all
pursuing invariably the same destructive goals, threaten the very fabric of
organic life and the serene harmony of the planet, it is the right, it is the
organic duty to drop out of such morbid covenants and to evolve new loving
Such has been the patient sufferance of the
freedom-loving peoples of this earth, and such is now the necessity which
constrains us to form new systems of government.
The history of the white, menopausal, mendacious men now
ruling the planet earth is a history of repeated violation of the harmonious
laws of nature, all having the direct object of establishing a tyranny of the
materialistic aging over the gentle, the peace-loving, the young, the colored.
To prove this, let Facts be submitted to the judgement of generations to
- These old, white rulers have maintained a continuous
war against other species of life, enslaving and destroying at whim fowl,
fish, animals and spreading a lethal carpet of concrete and metal over the
soft body of earth.
- They have maintained as well a continual state of war
among themselves and against the colored races, the freedom-loving, the
gentle, the young. Genocide is their habit.
- They have instituted artificial scarcities, denying
peaceful folk the natural inheritance of earth's abundance and God's
- They have glorified material values and degraded the
- They have claimed private, personal ownership of God'd
land, driving by force of arms the gentle from passage on the earth.
- In their greed they have erected artificial
immigration and customs barriers, preventing the free movement of
- In their lust for control they have set up systems of
compulsory education to coerce the minds of the children and to destroy the
wisdom and innocence of the playful young.
- In their lust for power they have controlled all means
of communication to prevent the free flow of ideas and to block loving
exchanges among the gentle.
- In their fear they have instituted great armies of
secret police to spy upon the privacy of the pacific.
- In their anger they have coerced the peaceful young
against their will to join their armies and to wage murderous wars against the
young and gentle of other countries.
- In their greed they have made the manufacture and
selling of weapons the basis of their economies.
- For profit they have polluted the air, the rivers, the
seas. In their impotence they have glorified murder, violence, and unnatural
sex in their mass media.
- In their aging greed they have set up an economic
system which favors age over youth.
- They have in every way attempted to impose a robot
uniformity and to crush variety, individuality, and independence of
- In their greed, they have instituted political systems
which perpetuate rule by the aging and force youth to choose between plastic
conformity or despairing alienation.
- They have invaded privacy by illegal search,
unwarranted arrest, and contemptuous harassment.
- They have enlisted an army of informers.
- In their greed they sponsor the consumption of deadly
tars and sugars and employ cruel and unusual punishment of the possession of
life-giving alkaloids and acids.
- They never admit a mistake.
- They unceasingly trumpet the virtue of greed and
- In their advertising and in their manipulation of
information they make a fetish out of blatant falsity and pious
- Their obvious errors only stimulate them to greater
error and noisier self-approval. They are bores.
- They hate beauty. They hate sex. They hate
We have warned them from time to time to their inequities
and blindness. We have addressed every available appeal to their withered sense
of righteousness. We have tried to make them laugh. We have prophesied in detail
the terror they are perpetuating. But they have been deaf to the weeping of the
poor, the anguish of the colored, the rocking mockery of the young, the warnings
of their poets. Worshipping only force and money, they listen only to force and
money. But we shall no longer talk in these grim tongues.
We must therefore acquiesce to genetic necessity, detach
ourselves from their uncaring madness and hold them henceforth as we hold the
rest of God's creatures - in harmony, life brothers, in their excess, menaces to
We, therefore, God-loving, peace-loving, life-loving,
fun-loving men and women, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the Universe for the
rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name and by the Authority of all
sentient beings who seek gently to evolve on this planet, solemnly publish and
declare that we are free and independent, and that we are absolved from all
Allegiance to the United States Government and all governments controlled by the
menopausal, and that grouping ourselves into tribes of like-minded fellows, we
claim full power to live and move on the land, obtain sustenance with our own
hands and minds in the style which seems sacred and holy to us, and to do all
Acts and Things which independent Freemen and Freewomen may of right do without
infringing on the same rights of other species and groups to do their own
And for the support of this Declaration of Evolution with
a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, and serenely confident
of the approval of generations to come, in whose name we speak, do we now
mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred