The Pledge

I pledge to myself:

  • I will consider anyone who I believe is trying to adhere to this pledge to be an ally.
  • I will never use a monopoly (e.g. government), individuals backed by a monopoly, or individuals acting under duress by a monopoly, against anyone trying to adhere to this pledge.
  • I will treat every living thing with dignity.
  • I will leave the universe better than if I had never existed.
  • I will contribute more than I consume.
  • I will make more than I take.
  • Outside my private spaces, I will only fight words with words, and inside my private spaces, I may also fight words with disassociation (e.g. expulsion) if I believe the speaker is not acting in good faith.
  • I will not initiate aggression (force, theft, trespass, spying, fraud, or sabotage), and I will not threaten to initiate, plan to initiate, incite the initiation of, order the initiation of, or adopt a policy of initiating aggression; and I will not collaborate with those who do, and I may respond with sufficient aggression against such initiators and their collaborators in order to defend myself and anyone trying to adhere to this pledge against such actions. I may defend other victims as well.
    • Before I act with aggression or stand down,
      • I will consider whether I am being played.
      • I will consider what is the best tactical response.
      • I will consider what is the best strategic response.
  • Whenever I hear of an action or argument that could directly or indirectly further an unhealthy agenda, such as making good people more inclined to stand down, I will consider whether that could have been the goal.
  • I will think for myself.
    • I will trust my conscience and experience.
    • I will go wherever the facts take me.
    • I will only be convinced by my understanding of the facts and logic.
    • I will not be convinced by a claim of truth because of the speaker's:
      • status or title,
      • power or authority,
      • name or rank,
      • dress or uniform,
      • promises or predictions,
      • threats or bullying,
      • credentials or merit,
      • awards or honors,
      • experience or age,
      • reputation or fame,
      • intelligence or education,
      • vocabulary or wit,
      • style or charisma,
      • because the only things that can be proved by the characteristics of the speaker are ... the characteristics of the speaker,
      • and any characteristic of the speaker is just another claim of truth.
    • I will not be convinced of truth by:
      • hierarchy or protocol,
      • coincidence or correlation,
      • tradition or majority,
      • media or government,
      • technology or magic.
    • I will not accept a statement as fact because it was in:
      • a sign or book,
      • a report or study,
      • a movie or play,
      • a poem or song.
    • I will not accept a statement as fact because it is part of:
      • the mainstream narrative,
      • the official narrative,
      • the government narrative.
    • I will not be convinced of truth because the source is:
      • aliens or angels,
      • voices or visions.
  • I will continuously improve (and share) my understanding of human nature, the world, and the universe.
  • I will always be open to the possibility that I am wrong.
  • I will try to be aware of my assumptions and premises.
  • I will change course as soon as I understand that my actions are out of sync with my principles.
  • I will fix my principles as soon as I understand that my principles are out of sync with each other.
  • When I disagree with a position, I will try to find and articulate the strongest possible argument for that position, and if I still disagree, then that is the argument I shall try to defeat.
  • I will be tolerant of that which does not violate my principles.
  • I will accept the debt I incur when I violate my principles.
  • I will honor the expectations that I voluntarily allowed.
  • I will frequently greet others with the thought, "The light in me is allied with the light in you."
  • I will resist wanting something because others want it.
  • I will be the primary authority on whether I am on the right path.
  • Every sentient being owns himself, and I will respect that.
  • Every sentient being owns the fruits of his labor, and I will respect that.
  • I will respect every individual's unlimited right to self defense.
  • I will respect every individual's unlimited right to opt out of anything and everything.
  • I will respect the right of every individual to trade, create, and innovate.
  • I will only judge a person separately and individually, and only by that person's actions and statements, and by empirical probabilities.
  • I will not say that people are bad. I may say that an action was bad, and I may say that people who possess bad motives or commit bad actions have lost their way or are losing their inner struggle.
  • I will not intend to damage any relationship between others.
  • I will not place an unreasonable burden on others.
  • I will not misrepresent others.
  • I will not hold double standards.
  • I will not tell other people what they think.
  • I will not be mean.
  • I will not be a bully.
  • I will not be petty.
  • I will not be rude.
  • I will not be whiny.
  • I will not be a poser.
  • I will not be an enabler.
  • I will not be evasive.
  • I will not virtue signal.
  • I will not scapegoat.
  • I will not project.
  • I will not overreact.
  • I will not abuse my authority.
  • I will have fun—I will be fun.

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