Do humans have a responsibility to one another?

Do humans have any responsibility to one another?

[ 8/11/20 ]

I agree with the other two answers – yes – of course.

What distinguishes people is our ability to cooperate, to form complex associations.

Our survival as a species is predicated on our ability to cooperate, and on our ability to recognize where the necessary limits and boundaries are.

Individual freedom and creativity are important, and the responsibility part comes in keeping our choices within the environmental and social limits that are actually required for our long term survival. And those things can be extremely complex, very context sensitive, and contain multiple levels and classes of fundamental uncertainties and unknowables. So all knowledge necessarily contains uncertainties, whether we acknowledge them or not.

So yes – we have responsibilities, and provided we are responsible, we also have freedom. The more responsible we are the greater the freedom available (infinities can have that perplexing attribute).

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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