In "Virtue Ethics," a Tapestry of Faith program
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful. — Marie Curie, scientist
IN TODAY'S WORKSHOP... we talked about the virtue of responsibility and the ever-widening circle of whom and what we are responsible to and for. We talked about personal responsibility, responsibility at home and school, and responsibility for the care of the planet. We explored the complexities of making good choices, including how to balance feelings of responsibility.
Marie Curie says we have a particular duty to people "to whom we think we can be most useful." Could this guideline help you decide where to spend your socially responsible coinage? Think about the ways you give to society now. Are you using your gifts and talents in the most helpful way?
Did You Know... ?
Dorothy Day (1897-1980) was a crusader for justice. This radical Catholic reformer started the Catholic Worker Movement and has been nominated for sainthood. One of her most famous sayings is included in Singing the Living Tradition, our Unitarian Universalist hymnbook:
People say, what is the sense of our small effort.
They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.
A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that.
No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless.
There's too much work to do.
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Last updated on Friday, March 16, 2012.
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