Thing on Thursday #5
Recently, a commenter posted:
“I would like to see responsible action more defined, but could see that as something that would be refined over time by further posts from the community.”
So let’s take that issue up today. It’s such a huge topic that we can only hope to scratch the surface, but we can begin the dialogue nevertheless.
As always, this is not meant to decree how others should believe or act; it’s about discovering values. Answer only for what’s true for you.
Responsible Action was one of the original elements of the Fourfold Path. It affirmed that humanity has both the capability and the responsibility to meet our challenges without recourse to supernatural aid. Essentially, we’re talking about ethics within a naturalistic worldview. The lack of some supernatural father figure telling us what to do is not license to go nuts; rather, we reap what we sow. Our behavior causes many if not most of our challenges and it can meet those challenges as well. If we hope to prosper, it’s up to us.
There are two parts to responsible action: responsibility and action. Action suggests it is not enough to theorize or speculate or hope; we must actually get off our behinds and do something. This is not an armchair path. Responsibility suggests we choose acts that are somehow beneficial or harmonious within a larger context.
The question for today is: within what larger contexts ought we be responsible? To whom or what are you responsible?
Please choose your top three.
Please share your thoughts in the comments below!
About Thing on Thursday
Each week until the Winter Solstice, Thing on Thursday will explore a new controversy. Participation is open to all – the more minds that come together, the better. Those who have been vocal in the comments are as welcome as those quiet-but-devoted readers who have yet to venture a word. We value all constructive opinions.
There are only a few rules:
- be constructive – this is a council, so treat it as such
- be respectful – no rants or flames
Comments will be taken into consideration as we determine the new direction of Humanistic Paganism. This will also greatly shape the vision that unfolds in our upcoming ebook Our Ancient Future: Visions of Humanistic Paganism.
So please make your voice heard in the comments!