The Declaration of Evolution
by Dr. Timothy Leary
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
That all species are created different but equal;
That they are endowed, each one, with certain inalienable rights;
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
Genetic wisdom, indeed, suggests that social structures long established
should not be discarded for 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
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 social
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 come.
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
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 endowment. They have
glorified material values and degraded the spiritual. They have claimed
private, personal ownership of God's 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 people.
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
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
They have in every way attempted to impose a robot uniformity and to crush
variety, individuality, and independence of thought.
In their greed, they have instituted political systems which perpetuate
rule by the aging and force youth to choose between plastic conformity or
They have invaded privacy by illegal search, unwarranted arrest, and
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 war. In their advertising and in their manipulation of information
they make a fetish out of blatant falsity and pious self-enhancement.
Their obvious errors only stimulate them to greater error and noisier
They are bores.
They hate beauty.
They hate sex.
They hate life.
We have warned them from time to time of 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 thing.
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