Should you take responsibility for others?

Piano teacher and student

I keep hearing the phrase “Take responsibility for yourself. Don’t take it for others.” I’ve heard it spoken with such conviction that at times I’ve wondered if looking out for others is somehow wrong. My stance on accepting responsibility for another person is more nuanced than simply labeling it good or bad. There is a […]

The values we are losing as a people

During a summer evening in 1948, a woman worked quietly in a paddy near Fukui Japan. She was likely checking that the water levels were adequate for the growing rice. Suddenly, a magnitude seven earthquake shook the muddy ground. According to reports, soldiers witnessed a four-foot-wide fissure open at the woman’s feet. She grasped at […]