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“Duty arises from our potential control over the course of events.”
Alfred North Whitehead
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  • Responsibility is the ownership of an outcome
  • ::Coin & write about new term around responsibility::. This is possibly equivalent to reciprocal maintenance in that it is ::the relationship between the master and the grunt::.
  • Responsibility is implicit in a metaphysics of “meaningful participation” in which our purpose is to serve the BIW Whole
  • The notion of responsibility only makes sense in the context of a whole; something towards which one is responsible.
  • Responsibility is how an "agent" dependably "serves" (realises) "what is important"
  • (This is connected with authority)
  • The need for a new term - like /anti-fragile/
  • another name for self-authorship?
  • “a duty of care”
  • skin-in-the-game
  • Freedom AND Responsibility

The call to responsibility (& the answer)

  • There is a call to responsibility and then there is the answer.

When are we called to it?

  • When we are capable?
  • When we are a “part” of the “whole” that calls for participation?

The triad of (what is) responsibility

  • muscle ("I will")
  • Skill
  • Commitment to serve ("I want")
"Consequently, the development of man should be conceived not in terms of knowledge and being only, but rather of the three elements of knowledge, being and will."

Another term

  • Consequential

Erhard on responsibility

  • Ref [[Agency - “Being ‘Cause’ In the Matter of Everything In Your Life”]]
  • Erhard talks about it as something that is much more profound than what we traditionally mean by the term. I’m guessing he means “being cause
  • (or being the source of your self and your life)
  • Erhard says responsibility is the same as [[Power 🔘]]


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  • empathy
  • domain knowledge
  • bear consequences (accountability)
  • Problem solving skills
  • integrity?

Werner Erhard on responsibility

"::Responsibility begins with the willingness to be cause in the matter of one's life.:: Ultimately, it is a context from which one chooses to live. Responsibility is not burden, fault, praise, blame, credit, shame or guilt. In responsibility, there is no evaluation of good or bad, right or wrong. There is simply what's so, and your stand. Being responsible starts with the willingness to deal with a situation from the view of life that you are the generator of what you do, what you have and what you are. That is not the truth. It is a place to stand. No one can make you responsible, nor can you impose responsibility on another. It is a grace you give yourself - an empowering context that leaves you with a say in the matter of life.
All I'm asking when I talk to you about the things I'm talking about is: build a square, stand inside of it, look out at life and the world and see what you can see standing in that square and standing in that possibility. If it empowers you to stand there, keep it. If it doesn't empower you to stand there, destroy it. Simple.
Mitch Olson

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