“If it pains you to discover that a Nice Man can be a crumbum, Tom, it’s life you’ve got to object to, not Percy in particular.”
― Ellery Queen
Give me liberty or Give me Death
I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.
(a two headed Roman “Janus” coin)
Responsibility as defined by Merriam Webster:
: the state of being the person who caused something to happen
: a duty or task that you are required or expected to do
: something that you should do because it is morally right, legally required, etc.
Moral obligations as defined by USlegal.com:
Moral obligation is an obligation arising out of considerations of right and wrong. It is an
obligation arising from ethical motives, or a mere conscientious duty, unconnected with any legal
obligation, perfect or imperfect, or with the receipt of benefit by the promisor of a material or
pecuniary nature. Moral obligation springs from a sense of justice and equity that an honorable
person would have, and not from a mere sense of doing benevolence or charity.
Freedom as defined by Oxford dictionary:
The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or
Rites + freedoms + liberties = responsibility.
offend. . .
The freedom to be satirical, to be outspoken, to ruffle feathers. . .
To be mean
To be kind. . .
The freedom to be thoughtful
To be thoughtless. . .
The freedom to draw, to write, to sing, to dance, to paint, to soar. . .
The freedom to be expressive regardless of what others may think or feel.
Will you inspire or will you be despised?
Will you be a bridge or will you be destructive?
The freedom to be honorable towards others.
The freedom to believe.
The freedom to turn away.
The responsibility to honor and defend life
The freedom to take life
The freedom to dishonor.
The responsibility to respect.
What is your responsibility?
The freedom and responsibility to defend Freedom
Yet what then is the responsibility of freedom?
“All of Creation is made by the Holy Trinity acting in communion as an outpouring of Love and Grace.”
Excerpt for January newsletter from St Isaac’s Orthodox Skete.
Very thought provoking, my dear! Hugs, N 🙂
The tragedy in France has been most troubling as I ponder over our “rights” and freedoms and of our responsibilities to those rights and freedoms. . .
In light of that tragedy in France it behooves us as Christians to continue to speak the truth in love. That’s the context for all of our communications. Sadly, not everyone is coming from the same place and in their freedom to speak, to hear, to respond…all is not done in ‘love’. that’s the state of our ‘fallen world’. Let us not lose hope….though. Thanks for bringing this social commentary to the forefront on your blog today!
freedom and liberties can be such a conundrum—most folks embrace it with self abandon, forgetting that for every freedom comes a grave responsibility . . .
Thanks Laura—hugs, Julie