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Bill Of responsibilities

by Ed Halpaus
Grand Lodge Education Officer
Grand Lodge of A. F. & A. M. of Minnesota

Some time ago I came across something I liked, which now is from an unremembered source, called the Bill of Responsibilities. I took some notes on it. I just recently ran across my notes and I thought you might like to know about the

Bill of Responsibilities

Freedom and responsibility are mutual and inseparable; I can ensure enjoyment of the one only by exercising the other. Freedom for all of us depends on responsibility by each of us. To secure and expand my liberties I will accept these responsibilities as an individual members of a free society:

I will be fully responsible for my own actions and for the consequences of those actions: Freedom to choose carries with it the responsibility for our choices.

I will respect the rights and beliefs of others: In a free society, diversity flourishes. Courtesy and consideration toward others are measures of a civilized society.

I will give sympathy, understanding and help to others: Because I hope that others will help me and my family when I am in need of help, I will help others when they are in need.

I will do my best to meet my own and my families' needs: There is no personal freedom without economic freedom. By helping myself and those closest to me to become productive members of society, I am contributing to the strength of my community and nation.

I will respect and obey the laws of my community, my state and country: Laws are mutually accepted rules by which, together, we maintain a free society. Liberty itself is built on a foundation of law. That foundation provides an orderly process for changing laws. It also depends on our obeying laws once they have been freely adopted.

I will respect the property of others, both private and public: No one has a right to what is not his or hers. The right to enjoy what is mine depends on my respecting the right of others to enjoy what is theirs.
I will share with others my appreciation of the benefits and obligations of freedom:Freedom shared is freedom strengthened.

I will participate constructively in my country’s political life: Democracy depends on active citizens. It also depends equally on informed citizens.

I will help freedom survive by assuming personal responsibility for its defense: My country cannot survive unless it is defended by its citizens. Its security rests on the individual determination of everyone to help preserve it.

I will respect the rights and meet the responsibilities on which liberty rests and democracy depends: This is the essence of freedom. Maintaining it requires the common effort of everyone, all of us together and each individually.

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