How do we develop mutual responsibility?

Question from the Internet:

“How does involving learners in community work to develop a sense of civic responsibility also indicate a greater awareness of the social issue in your community?”

What you describe is the great and significant difference between philosophy, theoretical science and actual, practical understanding of things.

As they say, “none as wise as the experienced”. Unless we collect actual, “visceral”, tangible and emotional impressions from situations and states, unless we put ourselves into the shoes of others trying to see things from their viewpoints, we can never fully understand what is happening, and we can never change things for the better.

Unfortunately, most “peer-reviewed” science and the activity of leaders, managers and experts today is philosophical and theoretical. They create beautiful plans and templates on paper or on their computers; they even employ “AI” for their calculations and rejoice in “creating” beautiful and complete systems.

But it fails miserably “on the ground” from their ivory towers; they have no actual, practical experience of what is happening. And when their plans fail, they do not come to the right conclusions but make restrictions and laws and try to implement their illusory plans “top-down forcefully”, creating even more problems.

Human beings are sentient, emotional creatures. Without collecting actual emotional imp[sessions from each other, without methodically and purposefully making ourselves sensitive to others, feeling the joy and suffering of others as our own, we have no chance of building a better world.

Only through constant, actual and practical efforts to build connections and help each other can we develop a sense of interdependence that brings true mutual responsibility. And without true mutual responsibility, we cannot survive in Nature’s finely balanced and mutually integrated system.



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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.