Social responsibility. Who is responsible?

Social and cultural transformation is possible through responsibility – individual responsibility

Image:  Margaret Bourke White.

It’s a common cultural myth that certain human experiences – usually uncomfortable ones where we feel threatened by ambiguous or unknown situations – are beyond our control and therefore not our responsibility. If so, then who is responsible? Responsibility is an important word here and the key to transformation of any kind – personal or cultural. 

It seems the dominant position of society today is to refuse to take responsibility, mostly because it hurts – it hurts to see that ‘I am the cause of this pain’. However, if someone else is the cause, be it God, human nature, society; we can accept it, and show comfort in the surrender of being helpless, and therefore taking the responsibility off our shoulders.

In my quest for truth, not philosophical truth – which I love – but the underlying principle of life, I’ve come to the realisation that two of our greatest philosophers consistently endorsed this kind of temporary relief. Marx blamed society and the economic structures imposed upon us, and Freud, the conscious or subconscious effects of our childhood or upbringing. Popular narrative in need of renewal and analysis? I believe so.

The moment we accept that we – the individual – are responsible, it brings with it great freedom. Why? Because it creates the capacity for change. If I am responsible, then I can change it, and more importantly how can I change it? Cultural and social transformation is possible through responsibility – individual responsibility.

It’s time to stop playing with the ‘effects’ of our collective manifestations and start addressing the root ‘cause’, which lies in the realm of perception – consciousness – at the level of the individual. It will be a shift in human consciousness that will have a significant and sustainable impact on the social challenges that exist as part of our current cultural narrative. 

An increase in the process of conscious awareness at the level of the ‘individual’ will play an integral part in consummating the effects of a collective awakening, and when enough individuals have made the shift ‘within themselves’ only then will we see an acceleration in the changing of our narrative and what we manifest as a collective.

Quieten the mind and you will intrinsically play part in the greatest transformation our evolutionary timeline has seen; our state of being – our culture.


I work with individuals who are committed to developing the awareness and skills required to quieten the mind and live their unique expression – with a distinct focus on realising and actualising your potential for personal and cultural transformation.

The first step towards a possible working relationship is to open a conversation. I like to take one hour for an initial session, with no fee, no strings, and no guarantee we’ll continue. It depends whether we agree I can support you.

To find out more and to discuss next steps you can book your introductory session here.

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