Responsibility / Universal Responsibility

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u·ni·ver·sal/ˌyo͞onəˈvərsəl/
Noun: A person or thing having universal effect, currency, or application, in particular.
Adjective: Of, affecting, or done by all peopleor things in the world or in a particular group.

re·spon·si·bil·i·tyNoun/riˌspänsəˈbilətē/

  • The state or fact of having a duty to deal with something.
  • The state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something.
  • accountability: the state, fact, or position of being accountable to somebody or for something. reliable: able to be counted on owing to qualities of conscientiousness and trustworthiness
  • authority to act: authority to make decisions independently

“To develop a sense of universal responsibility of the universal dimension of our every act and of the equal right of all others to happiness and not to suffer is to develop an attitude of mind whereby, when we see an opportunity to benefit others, we will take it in preference to merely looking after our own narrow interests. Of course we care about what is beyond our scope – we accept it as part of nature and concern ourselves with doing what we can.” (Source James Quirk quoting the 14th Dalai Lama in “The Dalai Lama and Universal Responsibility: Toward a New Global Consciousness” –

Unitarian Universalist Three of Seven – Unitarian Universalist Statement of Principles [1]  Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations. ( Our Seven Principles in Story and Verse – A Collection for Children and Adults by Kenneth W Collier)


Wicca “You have responsibility to yourself, to the Earth on which we live, and to the fellow inhabitants of that Earth, be they human or otherwise. In Wicca, there is a tenet, or law to guide you: ‘An it harm none, do what thou wilt’
This sounds like a liscence to have a godd time, but it’s not. It means that you can do whatever you like, but only as long as it harms no one… and this no one includes yourself, of course.” Raymond Buckland “Wicca For Life”

Buddhism “It is not sufficient for religious people to be involved with prayer. Rather, they are morally obliged to contribute all they can to solving the world’s problems.”
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“Together in friendship, let us be inspired to act with courage and hope, for the well-being of all humanity and of the earth. Unwavering and steadfast, let each of us light the way toward the future.” — Her Holiness Shinso Ito

Scientology “Ideas and not battles mark the forward progress of mankind.  Individuals, and not masses, for the culture of the race.”          Science of Survival ~L. Ron Hubbard

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