In Man’s Search for Meaning, Holocaust survivor, Dr. Viktor E. Frankl, wrote:
“Freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness. That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast.”
Inspired by this passage, the late Dr. Stephen R. Covey, renowned author of the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, chose visionary sculptor, Gary Lee Price, to bring this vision to life. The monument serves as an enduring symbol of the virtue inherent in its name and the responsibilities we all have to pull each other up and act intentionally in our efforts to improve society. While the statue will inevitably bookend our nation on the West Coast, it has found homes along the way in Utah, Nebraska, and soon Portland. The Statue of Responsibility stands as a daily reminder of our responsibilities to each other, our communities, our nation, and the power of transformative justice when we all choose love as our guidepost.