We tend to hear a lot of people telling others how to live their lives, emphasizing the need for “personal responsibility.” In this week’s episode of Up Close, we’ll move across 2,000 years of history to see some of the origins of that discussion and its costs today.
The philosopher Seneca is the original source of much of our dialogue around being self-made and pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps. But it turns out he was born into wealth and privilege. The University of Pennsylvania’s Emily Wilson explores that in her book, The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca.
And then, among those whom our society regards as taking the least personal responsibility are drug addicts, who are frequently treated like criminals. Journalist Johann Hari gives some reasons why they shouldn’t be in Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.
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