Individual and Social Responsibility

Duties are given very high importance in the faith. A person has duties to his or her family, community, society and the universe at various levels without boundaries or borders. The individual merges into the family, society, country, planet and universe and there is a profound understanding of interdependence of all living beings. Hence citizenship obligations, environmental and social justice are critical, not just for the protection of the individual but for the protection of all living beings.

The greatest action is seen through personal example and conduct and this is given the highest importance. Political engagement and action is subsidiary to this and must always be exercised with great humility and responsibility and not as a seat to personal power or prestige. Being a Jain is to take responsibility and not abrogate it. Active citizenship, whether in the local community or school or in the national polity, is encouraged and observed.

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