Development as Freedom

As competent human beings, we cannot shirk the task of judging how
things are and what to needs to be done. As reflective creatures, we have the
ability to contemplate the lives of others. Our sense of responsibility need not
relate only to the afflictions that our own behaviour may have caused…, but
can also relate more generally to the miseries that we see around us and that
lie within our power to help remedy. That responsibility is not, of course, the
only consideration that can claim our attention, but to deny the relevance of
that general claim would be to miss something central about our social
existence. It is not so much a matter of having exact rules about how precisely
we ought to behave, as of recognising the relevance of our shared humanity in
making the choices we face.
Amartya Sen, 1999 Development as Freedom

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About juliakingat

British / Venezuelan, Architect & Urban Researcher; PhD Candidate

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