The natural sense of responsibility - 25 words to speak an ethical language
25 words for an ethical language
reading St. John Paul II's writings.
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The natural sense of responsibility

Respect for natural and innate rights preserves the dignity of the person, but the desire for new subjective rights over life can distort the truth and disfigure man. If desire ignores that life is entrusted to us for custody and not to dispose of it freely, then the will conditions and abuses the rights themselves.
For millennia and until a few decades ago every society had developed the sense of duty that pushes us to act above our own desires and curbs the selfishness that, forgetting spiritual needs, can overwhelm the person.
The need to survive, first responsibility, is in immediate conflict with nature and with others.
Experience tells us to concern about the natural dangers and reactions of the other, within relationships of strength, cunning or common sense, along with opportunities for bartering, trade and association.
Fear is the first counterbalance, assessed before any action, to the desire for freedom of action, just as the sense of responsibility drives us to act because of needs despite fears and toils.
The encounter is opposite to conflict or inconvenience when the fear of being in the place of the other in distress and suffering can trigger the desire to find help for himself or herself in similar conditions, to find compassion in the future, producing now feelings and compassion for each other.
A feeling of responsibility and compassion arises from the person to move towards the other, in recognition of another self and possible friend, promoting good towards a brother or a sister. -  email:
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