No one can be said to living self-responsibly who has no productiveness. Through work we support our existence. Through the exercise of our intelligence toward some useful ends, we become more fully human. Without productive goals and productive efforts, we remain forever children.

True, we are limited by the opportunities that exist for us at a given place and time. But in any given context, the mark of independence and self-responsibility is the orientation that asks,

“What actions are possible to me?”

“What needs to be done?”

“How can I improve my condition?”

“How can I move beyond this impasse?”

“What will be the best use of my energies in this situation?

Self-responsibility is expressed through an active orientation to life. It is expressed through the understanding that no one is here on Earth to spare us the necessity of independence, and through the understanding that without work, independence is impossible.