Responsibility and Culture

Responsibility and Culture

Responsibility and Culture

Responsibility and Culture

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In addressing you on "The Responsibilities of the Citizen," in accordance with the Dodge Foundation, I shall take it for granted that no question exists among us as to the reality of these responsibilities. The foundation of this Lectureship and the presence of so large an audience to hear the matter discussed prove, I think, that the responsibilities of the citizen are not only recognized but acutely felt.

The price we pay for gaining our rights as citizens is that we become aware, immediately, of our responsibilities . Our civilization has reached that stage. The process of winning our rights, though not complete, has advanced sufficiently far to give us at least a dawning sense of our duties--a phenomenon full of promise for the future of mankind. This dawning sense of duty must be given a closer definition, expanded into a fuller knowledge, and into a more faithful practice.

It is through their subsequent transformation into duties that our rights become significant. Rights which remain arrested at that stage are like fruit that has never ripened--"green plums . . .

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