Freedom with Responsibility

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"Freedom with responsibility" might not sound like fun to most people, but that's what it's like to be an adult; unless one wants to be insufferable to one's surroundings and appear self-centred and immature - or even harmful to others - one has to take into account the need of others for freedom while exercising one's own.

The alternative is that others will interfere in how you behave.

If everyone is to be able to enjoy freedom, security and opportunities, we have to assume responsibility for our own actions. The foundation of democracy is that we can do just that. Totalitarian regimes rest on the notion that people do not know how to be responsible, either in their private or in their public lives.

Every democracy begins with personal responsibility.


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