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  •  Those two things are synonymous. (5+ / 0-)
    •  To clarify ... (5+ / 0-)

      In legal lingo, the personal sense that compels a behavior where there is no law that compels the behavior is referred to as a moral (vs legal) responsibility.

      That's what I meant by moral responsibility:  a responsibility imposed by something other than the law.

      The personal sense of responsibility might develop out of religion, a code of ethics, a conscience, a sense of neighborliness, cultural tradition, or pick your term.  What they all have in common is they cause people to feel a responsibility that isn't imposed on them by law. So, in that sense, all those terms are synonymous.

      •  LOL!! (3+ / 0-)
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        welso, estreya, blue jersey mom

        That's where lawyers get into trouble! They may be synonymous but word choices matter. Just ask republicans! My point is that it has been my experience that you get better results when you speak of being neighborly rather than questioning the morality of your neighbors. Being neighbors is an area of common ground while morals often aren't.

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