”Responsibility and freedom go together. If you don’t want to take responsibility, you can’t have freedom either. The two come together or they go together. …Freedom means you will have to be responsible for every act, for every breath; whatever you do or don’t do, you will be responsible.”
Friedrich Nietzsche declared, a century ago, ‘God is dead, and man is free.’ The next sentence he wrote was, ‘Now you can do whatsoever you want to do, there is no responsibility. God is dead, man is free, and there is no responsibility.’ There, he was absolutely wrong.
When there is no God, there is tremendous responsibility on your shoulders; if there is God, he can share your responsibility, you can throw your responsibility on Him. You can say: it is you who have made the world, it is you who have made me in this way. It is you who is finally responsible, not me. How can I be ultimately responsible? I am just a creature and you are the Creator. Why have you put seeds of corruption and sin in me? You are responsible. I am free.
If there is no God, then man is responsible for his acts, because there is no way he can shift responsibility to anybody else.
When I say you are free, I mean that you are responsible. You cannot transfer responsibility to anybody else. You are alone; whatsoever you do, it is your doing. You cannot say that somebody else forced you to do it because you are free, nobody can force you. Because you are free, it is your decision to do something or not to do something.
People go on talking about freedom but what they really want is not exactly freedom; they want irresponsibility. They ask for freedom but deep down, unconsciously, they ask for irresponsibility and license. The world is not free because people are not mature. So, when I say freedom, I mean, be responsible. The more responsible you become, the free you become.