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What gives a person a sense of responsibility, a sense of duty, a sense of "should", "ought to", "have to", "must"? The Spanish word "deber" may give some insight into this question. It means "to owe" and it also means "must", "have to", "ought to". Its primary meaning of "to owe" has been expanded to mean "to owe it to oneself" (Duff. Spanish for Beginners. p. 95). Can we say a person's sense of responsibility or duty comes as a feeling of "owing something to oneself", of doing something that is necessary for his own soul, doing something that is required by his own inner self? If so where does this demand of his inner self come from? Why do some people have a lot stronger sense of responsibility and duty than other people do? What is the connection between this and the moral standards that one sets up for oneself? To what extent does one set up moral standards for himself and to what extent are moral standards built into a person when he is born (i.e. to what extent are moral feelings and conscience learned or personally chosen or elected and to what extent is it innate)? Nov 1983 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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