Agreed. They don’t need to be in tension, but in today’s world they are very much in tension (and terribly out of balance).

I didn’t say that we should be taking responsibility for the lives (or happiness) of others. I said we should craft our journey responsibly.

We’re all living on this planet together, sharing resources and space with everybody else. We do have a certain level of responsibility towards the global community and to all other life that exists on the planet (that’s why we shouldn’t pollute the environment or smoke cigarettes that are negatively affecting those around us). Our time is also a limited resource and I believe that we need to use it responsibly as well (by thinking forward, beyond ourselves and our short lifespan and taking that into consideration with each step).