Thursday, 1 December 2016

Responsibility before whom?

Often what happens around the world, especially the atrocities of war, neglect, poverty and deprivation that torment people, is not because of any fault of theirs, but due to policies and decisions made by someone somewhere far off. Those making the decisions remain unaffected but those facing the consequences of those decisions often end up paying a heavy price.

One possible response to this situation is feeling guilty and resorting to charity.  That's mostly because we somehow feel that "they" deserve better.  It makes me feel better.  We are not really accountable to anyone but ourselves.  No one can take us to task for not doing charity.  But when we shift the perspective, a little to state
We are not responsible for the victims, but responsible before them 
then it is a different ball game altogether! I'm not sure how many are truly willing to dare that responsibility.

Quote from Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, What is Philosophy? (New York: Verso, 2013) 108.

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