Success Pledge

If I am very famous, popular, or rich I promise to make a public declaration. I will publicly announce that such extreme fame, popularity, or wealth is very undemocratic, and in contradiction with civil notions of equal rights, and it is also against certain ethical and wise teachings like that of Jesus and Buddha. I will say “In the modern age, such medieval trappings are an offense to enlightened thinking. Therefore by the power invested in me, I will use most of my newly found resources to improve humanity, to protect and preserve local environment and history, and I will begin introducing to the masses, other artists and authors formerly unknown; and insisting if you like me or my works, then you should also give them a chance for success.” This is an official record, and I will be honor bound to execute this will, should I ever have such insane luck.

I will then reduce my wealth, as a sacrifice for earning more worthy fame.

– Walton Danforth Stowell II