Responsibility is the ability to respond. It is a way of Being, a relationship to one’s circumstances and the future. It is a context for having a choice. Responsibility is not an assessment of blame or credit and should not be confused with causality. It is a personal stand we take (“I am responsible…”). Anything we are not responsible for, we are a victim of.

People can only be as free as they are willing to be and capable of being responsible. If you’re the author of your relationship to your circumstances, it doesn’t change the circumstances but allows for choices and possibilities that are not available if you are not responsible.