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Responsibility

On Human Nature

 

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"There are two great forces of human nature......self-interest and caring for others" , according to Bill Gates.

If true, then:

(1) What is the approximate balance between the two today - in individuals, organisations and societies?  How much time do we really spend thinking about and then acting on other people's needs?

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On Others

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For me the purpose of life is to know other people…is to discover what life is. Who inhabits the world? What is it to be human? What can I give to the world which it doesn’t have…a gift for tolerating my presence in this world..…and unless I know the people, I can’t know what it does not have - Theodore Zeldin

Imagine balancing self-interest and caring for others. If this is possible, then:

(1) What is the approximate balance between the two today - in individuals, organisations and societies? How much time do we really spend thinking about and then acting on other people's needs?

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There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction- the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you - JK Rowling, http://harvardmagazine.com/go/jkrowling.html

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You have to take responsibility for everything and everyone - Fyodor Dostoyevsy, The Brothers Karamazov

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The truly powerful feed ideology to the masses like fast food while they dine on the most rarified delicacy of all: impunity - Naomi Klein

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The notion of obligations comes before that of rights, which is subordinate and relative to the former. A right is not effectual by itself, but only in relation to the obligation to which it corresponds, the effective exercise of a right springing not from the individual who possesses it, but from other men who consider themselves as being under a certain obligation towards him. Recognition of an obligation makes it effectual. An obligation which goes unrecognized by anybody loses none of the full force of its existence. A right which goes unrecognised by anybody is not worth very much - Simone Weil