Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Liberty + Responsibility = Freedom
Within the next five years, a 300-foot national monument, the Statue of Responsibility, will be constructed on the West Coast of the United States as a beacon of hope. The monument will represent one of the most important human characteristics necessary to secure the future of our country: responsibility.
Statue of Responsibility to Bookend Country with Statue of Liberty
The original idea of a “Statue of Responsibility” was the vision of Viktor Frankl, who survived the holocaust and went on to publish the best-selling book Man’s Search for Meaning. Today his book is considered one of the top 10 most influential books on the planet. In this work, published in 1946, he expressed his dream like this:
“Freedom, however, is not the last word. Freedom is only part of the story and half of the truth. Freedom is but the negative aspect of the whole phenomenon whose positive aspect is responsibleness. In fact, freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness. That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast.”
Promoting Personal Responsibility and Empowering Women
Dr. Nancy serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Responsibility Foundation. As volunteers work to raise funds to build the statue, teams are reaching out to parents, students, veterans and other groups interested in promoting personal responsibility. A team recently traveled to India and presented the statue concept to the Women’s Economic Forum, which included representatives from scores of countries. While there, Dr. Nancy and the Responsibility Foundation delegation presented, “I am woman. I have a voice. I am responsible.”
Another highlight from the Forum was that the All Ladies League Iconic Women in Mentoring & Networking Award was presented to Dr. Nancy and Leesa Clark-Price, Executive Director of the Responsibility Foundation, for their support to the movement to empower women. In addition, they were able to share examples of responsible acts from women all over the world. They also had the opportunity to promote the value of education, and help elevate the topic of responsibility to a global conversation.
Working with a group of like-minded individuals to create a better world is what first drew Dr. Nancy to the Responsibility Foundation. She now works with them to build and share symbols of responsibility around the world.