As I browsed for ideas on courage I came across the following line from Viktor Frankl author of the classic, Mans’ Search for Meaning. Like most basic truth statements this one fits our time perfectly:
“I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast.” Viktor Frankl.
Frankl wrote extensively about choices in Hitlers’ concentration camps and admitted the prisoners had no choice in where, food, clothing or temperature among things. He noted that the last thing that could be taken was the power to choose reaction. Our reaction is our responsibility whether we are in a Concentration camp or our living room.
After the war he wrote todays’ quote reemphasizing the absolute necessity of balancing liberty and responsibility.
A departed banker friend who was majority stockholder in several smaller banks explained it this way: “Larry, anyone has the liberty to apply to our banks for a loan. He/she also has the responsibility to prove the loan will be repaid according to contractual stipulations. Their liberty is ultimately only as a good as their past responsible actions indicate. Our bank owes them nothing beyond.”
I wonder if my friend were still living if either party would appoint him Treasurer of the United States.
Peter stated this for Christians in 1 Peter 2:16 “As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.”
Copyright © 2012 Larry Lilly