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April 3, 2012 / Dale Melchin

Social Responsibility begins with Individual Responsibility

Within the last few years there has been a lot of claptrap and noise making about being “socially responsible or “socially conscious” and a lot of calling for those of us in the wide world to be socially responsible.  I admit, it s a nice concept, but it is over rated, and here is why.

Individual responsibility leads to social responsibility… by definition.  If we as individuals and families focus on the inner work of cultivating real virtue, social responsibility comes very naturally and freely, and it works a lot faster than creating a bunch of claptrap about other people who aren’t “pulling their own weight.”

A good person, who truly is good, is going to do socially responsible things, not because some PSA keeps nagging him to do it.  He will do it because it is a virtue he has cultivated.  He’ll help push someone’s car out of the street, he’ll give a dollar to the homeless man, or help a starving family eat, or to put it bluntly, if he sees someone being attacked he has the courage to neutralize the assailant.

Unfortunately this craft of cultivating virtue is lost on us in the West because our religious system has been divorced from the concept of doing inner work and has been replaced by psychology, or Eastern Meditation.  Neither of which is a bad thing.  It’s just the simple fact that we haven’t been feeding ourselves spiritually as a people for some time and we need to get back to it, regardless of what Tradition-path we choose.

This is not an issue that is going to be resolved with education of the mind, but education of the human heart, soul and spirit.  Its not that we should stop feeding the mind, by all means we need to keep that up, it’s the spirit of human being that desperately needs to be healed and fed.

Now there are a number of ways this can be done, this education of the heart.  In order to do this you have to find an Authentic Tradition that fits your situation and your preferences and your experiences.  You could find a good Church, or learn to meditate, or even find a good therapist.  All Traditions have the tools necessary to make a person more happy, virtuous and successful.  The point is that you need to do the inner work.

Now do I recommend you take the journey alone?  No, that’s why I said find a good tradition and someone who can be a good guide to you on your spiritual quest.  If you manage to repair the inner thought patterns many of your individual problems will unravel themselves.

To tie it all together:  Be responsible, cultivate virtue, model it to others, and slowly, gradually the world will begin to change for the better.


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  1. ram0ram / Apr 3 2012 8:28 am

    Reblogged this on ram0ram note book.

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