What if we could we remember and honour all the dead...yes, the estimated 110 billion or so humans who have ever lived?
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- Aeon hosted a debate on whether we can be held morally responsible for our actions: one side argued that what we do and the way we are is ultimately the result of factors beyond our control, while the other countered that while there really are people, with mental disabilities, who are not able to control themselves, normal people can manage under all but the most extreme circumstances.
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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?
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
You have to take responsibility for everything and everyone - Fyodor Dostoyevsy, The Brothers Karamazov
The truly powerful feed ideology to the masses like fast food while they dine on the most rarified delicacy of all: impunity - Naomi Klein
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