Most of us believe that the freedom and power of adulthood is our due, but we have little taste for adult responsibility and self-discipline.

M. Scott Peck, M.D.

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Is there a relationship between memory, belief and responsibility?  It seems that there is.

To believe one must acquire and maintain the remembrance of stories past for the lessons they record and teach.  It is from these ancient stories, these experiences of the past that belief is formed, truth known.

Without stories preserved each day is a blank sheet lived out as a “case of first impression.”  In such an environment responsibility is unimaginable – absent.

But what evidence do we have of this?

Think of the news of one week ago.  The economist whose algorithms were instrumental to concocting national health care has babbled on about how the President’s health care colossus was willfully fraudulently “sold” to the public.  Or think of the absence of responsibility in the matter of the political use of the IRS, or the scandalous conduct in the Veterans Administration, … or the failure at Benghazi, or the wasted stimulus resources directed at “Green” business now gone belly-up, or any number of government initiatives.

No one is ever, it seems, responsible for any errant or unlawful behavior.

This is a very troublesome trait in exclusionary secular America, a culture that does not remember.

How might responsibility be restored?  Among the first things one would be wise to do is this: listen carefully to those who claim to lead.  Ask yourself, do they take responsibility for their failures?  Do they hold their organizations responsible for their miscues and intentional wrongdoing?  Have they lived lives of demonstrated responsibility?  Do they propose grand plans in which people are routinely excused from being responsible?

Interestingly you will fine that those who prefer to exile faith from the public square are most likely to be those who have become strangers to responsibility.

The price of greatness is responsibility.

Sir Winston Churchill