Recognizing New (and Ultimate) Responsibilities

Today’s most obvious new responsibilities concern how we act. Like it or not, our success as a species has made us not just a particularly interesting product of the planet’s evolution, but also responsible for the continued vitality of that evolution. But there are further kinds of new responsibility that are arguably even more fundamental. We have become newly responsible for the truths on which we base our decisions. As past cultural guideposts become less reliable, our personal choices come to lie more directly in our hands. More collectively, we have become newly responsible not just for making good shared decisions, but for articulating a narrative for the future able to explain in a compelling way what most matters and what is important to do.