Timothy Leary's "Declaration of Evolution"

Like Yoism's 10 Sacred Principles, Timothy Leary's Declaration of Evolution was also an attempt to extrapolate and fully develop the principles found in the American Declaration of Independence. And, like the DoE, Yoism also aims to capture the free-loving, playful spirit that is central to human divinity.

However, Yoism, in its thoroughgoing commitment to facing Yo, the Divine Reality, forces us to surrender to a more sober (but, by no means, somber) need for hard work and for organization in our society. Unlike Leary's implication that harmony is the natural order, it appears to require a good deal of effort and intelligence to overcome ubiquitous strife in order to establish relative harmony.

Those who, like Timothy Leary, believe in the sanctity of the individual and work toward freeing people from collective delusions and the chains of irrational social structures can inadvertently end up supporting solipsistic, irrelevant hedonism. This was the fate of the Leary-led "Hippy Revolution," which was thoroughly co-opted by those who were willing, to a significant degree, to subvert their selves to supraordinate corporate goals or religious ideologies. To see how South Park's Trey Parker approached this issue, take a look at The Trouble with Trippies.

And unlike Leary's naive notions that new chemicals or technological changes would transform human society and free people from the constraints imposed by crazy ideologies, Yoism recognizes the need for a new, overarching ideology that can replace those of humanity's childhood. Thus, while different in important ways from Yoism, Leary's Declaration eloquently expresses important aspects of the problem as well as some of the essential elements (especially some of the spirit) needed for a solution.

"Democracy is coming to the USA" (Leonard Cohen).

Leary's Declaration of Evolution