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Are we our brother's/sister's keeper?

We have been told to mind our business or know our place, but in a society where we are so interconnected that each action we make has consequence on individuals we know and do not know are we responsible for all. This question does not pertain just to our own country since even now the actions of other countries may have a significant impact on your own country. Is it our civic or spiritual duty to take care of those around us and go further to make sure that our brothers and sisters live life to the fullest of their potential? Why or why not is it our responsibility to look out for or take care of other members of society?

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    Nov 27 2012: Coming from a space that to whom much is given much is required I must say yes we are our brothers/sisters keeper. Tempering my answer with the admonition that flight attendees say about putting the oxygen mask on your self first and then the person sitting next to you. There are countless times that I have shaken my fist to the heavens because of my awareness not being able to wiggle out of ignorance. For example, for me to resist helping my brother, my sister I must consciously give myself directives that I will not help, advise or assist. This decision leaves me with thought grinding angst. Primarily because it stifles my purpose and I am fully aware of it. Who says ignorance is not bliss? Seemingly sometimes it is. However, I am not willing to trade knowledge and awareness for it. In a global sense I believe the flight attendants instructions hold true. Another reason for us individually and collectively to have our act together means that we will have earned a listening ear. Could it be that it boils down to leading by example? Gone are the days of do as I say not as I do.
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      Nov 27 2012: Well articulated!
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        Nov 27 2012: Thanks for noticing TED Lover! I appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback:~)

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