—George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright, 1856-1950
If we agree with Mr. Shaw’s words in the quotation above, it’s necessary to explore the definition of responsibility. Doesn’t responsibility mean that ultimately “the buck stops here?” That we must live with the consequences if we make wrong decisions, not blaming them on other people or a higher authority?
As Shaw said, liberty means responsibility. Full responsibility, even including the responsibility of protecting our basic possession of liberty. I hope the days are gone when some of our citizens talk about the great advantages of having liberty, only to pass along all the decision-making and problem-solving, and defending to someone else.
July Fourth is a day of celebrating the beginning of this country. Her gift of freedom. Fireworks will streak the sky around Miss Liberty’s upraised arm in the New York City harbor. From coast to coast in our great country, people will celebrate. Celebrate America’s past and look to her future.
In the plaza of the Rockefeller Center in New York City, the personal credo of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. is inscribed on a plaque. One of his statements there reads: “I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.”
Today our liberty is intact. Combining our rights, our opportunities, and our possessions with our compassion, we could go far in making this world one of comfort and brotherhood.
Can we remove our mental blinders and use our liberty to help bring about a brighter future for our children and grandchildren? A brighter one than present conditions sometime promise?
Do we want to?
Do we believe we can?
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