We spend almost no time teaching toddlers about freedom. Instead, the lessons we teach (and learn) for our entire lives are about responsibility. It’s easy to teach freedom, but important to teach responsibility. Because if you get the responsibility taken care of, often the freedom will follow.
When someone points out a lack of responsibility, it can feel like an affront on freedom, when it’s actually a chance to create more freedom for the rest of the community.
You can drive as fast as you want. But you are also responsible for not running over someone in a school zone…
The speed limit is not taking away our freedom, it’s reminding us of our responsibility.
When we build a culture of people who eagerly seek out and take responsibility, we build a culture that enables a special kind of resilient freedom.