'Obligation' Chapter


When you are looking at your obligations, it would be a mistake to invalidate them all. Much of what you enjoy in life comes from an interplay, and therefore exchange, between you and another person, and you may enjoy more of your life than you think you do. In those cases, it isn’t right to declare the situation unfair. The secret of life is not to avoid obligations, but like in any act of creative self expression, recognize the medium for what it is and own your response ability in it. It isn’t the stone that makes your creativity possible. Like clay or paint, it’s you first, then what you will work with. Your life is your magnum opus, your great work.

“I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession a duty.” John D. Rockefeller (American Industrialist and Philanthropist, founder of the Standard Oil Company, 1839-1937)

“The sense of obligation to continue is present in all of us. A duty to strive is the duty of us all. I felt a call to that duty.” Abraham Lincoln (American 16th US President (1861-65), who brought about the emancipation of the slaves. 1809-1865)

“A man said to the universe: “Sir, I exist!” “However,” replied the universe, “The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation” Stephen Crane (American short-story Writer, Novelist and Poet. 1871-1900)

Blind Obligation

Tell me friends, how do you come about your obligations? Onerous ones? No, all. Good question. Training from parents. Yes, parents for me too, and husband. Being born. A lot is programmed for me. Voluntarily. Then you are well set,… Seek More

Obligation As Giving

Not being a part of the system of judgements, which you didn’t yourself create anyway, goes a long way to helping you see the issue of obligation clearly. Ignoring your obligations all together is no more wise than subscribing to… Seek More

Reaching Out

Do you have a desire to reach out to others? Then you can treat that desire to reach out to others the same as you treat those obligations you hold to yourself, and do it for the same reason. Personal… Seek More


These people you dislike, they aren’t your enemies. They have given you the gift of seeing your own definitions. You can accept that special gift from them, and then not hurt yourself over anything else about them. There is attachment,… Seek More

Imposed Obligation

The subject is obligation. I will start with a bit about one of my own obligations. I was sought to do meetings here in Second Life, because they felt I had something to contribute, and I accepted their invitation. This… Seek More

Obliged to Suffer?

Does obligation have to be a suffering? No, it doesn’t. It doesn’t have to be a suffering, but it only ceases to be a suffering when we see that we chose that set of obligations, and recognize why we do.… Seek More

Joyful Obligation

We shape the future by the choices we make now. Do we choose to meet life’s circumstances via joy or resentment? Very true, and where is the awareness of our own joy? Is it not where we are told petty… Seek More