Being Responsible

Man does not weave this web of life. He is merely a strand of it.
Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

Chief Seattle

To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order;
to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order;
to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life;
we must first set our hearts right.

Confucius

Knowing is not enough;
We must apply.
Willing is not enough;
We must do.

Goethe

The future depends on what we do in the present.
Mahatma Gandhi

As with “being inclusive”, being responsible also helps us answer the question: What must I do?

Being responsible means that we act out of what has been called “enlightened self-interest” – where we see that “our self” is intimately connected to all life on the planet, and we understand that our actions today reverberate throughout all time.

With that as our context, we are compelled to act for the long-term benefit of all. Indeed, we can do no other.

A visual meditation on what it means to be responsible from a personal perspective.

A video on what it means to be responsible from an evolutionary perspective.


3 Comments

  1. what am I doing? In my neighbourhood I save the trees that some people want to cut down..I am a protector of trees I feel..I also bleive treating naturally poeple in a gentle way the people working with the gardens around us..all the neighbours and the people I meet on my daily walks and in the shops and in the different places…I feel responible for _Gaia mother Earth in many ways I take my bike as much as possible in the summer at least I started using the trainservice more I MEDITATE AND PRAY FOR PEOPLE AROUND ME AND LOOK AFTER MYSELF AS WELL AS i CAN..AND THE PEOPLE IN MY FAMILY AS WELL AS I CAN…I AM GRATEFUL AND I EXPRESS THANKFULNESS..AND I FIND NEW THINGS EVERY DAY TO ADD TO THE LIST FOR EMBETTERMENT OF OUR BEAUTIFUL MOTHER EARTH I WRITE POETRY TRIBUTES TO MOTHER EARTH AND TO NATURE…I FEEL VERY VERY RESPONSIBLE BUT IN AN EASY WAY LIKE IT IS WITHOUT EFFORT..AND SO IT IS…I WRITE AND WRITE ABOUT THESE TOPICS TOO HERE AND IN OTHER PLACES…WE ARE TOGETHER IN THIS WE ARE ONE THanks for two wonderful readings

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    1. Beautiful words from a beautiful heart. Thank you, Irene.

  2. Walk with me and hear the story I have to tell. Psalm 16:11 — “Thou wilt show me the path of Life ; in Thy Presence is fullness of Joy ; at Thy Right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
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    You will remember when Jesus step off into the Spirit after His baptism, Spirit led Him up into the wilderness of His mind where all human thoughts roam to and fro freely because no one goes into this place to challenge. But Jesus did. And He did because He was obedient to “The Word of His Power,” and was able to speak The Word and nullify any human event of temptation which confronted Him because He has overcame the human world.

    After nullifying the mirage of the illusions the mind projected to be real in the upper rooms of His thoughts, imagination, mind, conscious, and consciousness, Jesus descended into the lower regions of His mind “filled with the power of the Spirit” knowing “To this end was I born, and for this purpose came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth..” That purpose is the purpose of all Sons and Daughters of man. It is to study to imbue ones mind in “the word of his power”; to become anointed by “God in Christ reconciling the world unto himself. . .to preach good tidings unto the meek, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

    From the moment Jesus came down from the mountain “filled with the Spirit,” He had transcended the mentalism of the world. You and represent Jesus today. {To all the shadow dwellers and those who do no know they are their brothers keepers You didn’t know you are the living Jesus today did you? You don’t remember do you, it was you who said to the Father: “Father, I’ll go down and redeem mankind.”? But when you arrived here you became overwhelmed by the temptations of the world, and now you are awaiting for someone to come and redeem you from yourself}

    Individual responsibility is the foundation for ascending beyond ones own hindering self. It is a responsibility which is initiated when one sincerely and earnestly “come to himself” and realize life has placed in their being all that is necessary for them to walk this world on their own free and unafraid, without a “helpmeet” because God’s structured principles and patterns of living is the true substance and essence of the world, the universe, and the man. Why does man need a “helpmeet” when he does not need help? All that is needed to dissolve man’s lack of knowledge is to wake up. “Awake thou that sleepest, arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee life.”

    Never give power to anything a person believes is their source of strength – jufa

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