Responsibility

We have not so much the privilege of intelligence, viewed as something above and against nonhuman nature, but the responsibility and necessity to convert our intelligence to the earth. We need to learn how to use intelligence to mend the distortions we have created and how to convert intelligence into an instrument that can cultivate the harmonies and balances of the ecological community and bring these to a refinement.

Prayer is the responsibility to meet others with all I have, to be ready to encounter the unconditional in the conditional, to expect to meet God in the way, not to turn aside from the way.

There are many things children accept as “grown-up things” over which they have no control and for which they have no responsibility – for instance, weddings, having babies, buying houses, and driving cars. Parents who are separating really need to help their children put divorce on that grown-up list, so that children do not see themselves as the cause of their parents’ decision to live apart.

In the long run we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.

The major power facing bureaucracy is not the struggle for power but the evasion of responsibility; bureaucrats are very reluctant to take action.

The ability to accept responsibility is the measure of the person.

The need for imagination, a sense of truth and a feeling of responsibility: those are the three forces which are the very nerve of education.

[Autonomy] is freedom to develop one’s self – to increase one’s knowledge, improve one’s skills, and achieve responsibility for one’s conduct. And it is freedom to lead one’s own life, to choose among alternative courses of action so long as no injury to others results.

An organized money market has many advantages. But it is not a school of social ethics or political responsibility.

Does any one really believe he can escape from the responsibility for what he has done and thought in secret?… The centre of our whole being is involved in the centre of all being; and the centre of all being rests in the centre of our being.

If you can neither enjoy nor bring acceptance to what you do – stop. Otherwise, you are not taking responsibility for the only thing you can really take responsibility for, which also happens to be one thing that really matters: your state of consciousness. And if you are not taking responsibility for your state of consciousness, you are not taking responsibility for life.

The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify the dominant contradiction at each point of the historical process and to work out a central line to resolve it.

Whether a man is burdened by power or enjoys power; whether he is trapped by responsibility or made free by it; whether he is moved by other people and outer forces or moves them this is of the essence of leadership.

When you take responsibility for your actions, you give yourself immeasurable power.

We believe that humanity stands at the threshold of its next great leap. However, our success in making this transition depends on our willingness to develop a greater vision and a clearer sense of responsibility for one another. Understanding and articulating the nature and dynamics of consciousness is key to achieving this new vision.

We create the world in which we live; if that world becomes unfit for human life, it is because we tire of our responsibility.

We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility.

Authority can be delegated. Responsibility cannot.

Once you are willing to take responsibility for your life you become a master of it and you expand - you become more alive and healthier, mentally and physically.

Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other's welfare, social justice can never be attained.