Everyone has responsibility for everyone else – An Inspector Calls

But just remember this. One Eva Smith has gone – but there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and a chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives and what we think and say and do. We don’t live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught in fire and blood and anguish. Good night.

An Inspector Calls by John Boynton Priestley

I think the points highlighted in the Inspector’s closing monologue are so important and remain relevant today, not just profound.  We all need to take care of our actions towards others. I know I have said before that I try to live a kind life, thoughtful to others and leave the occasional note for a stranger; but the sentiment in these words demonstrate that every single one of our actions has a consequence – good or bad.  I know which I would prefer.


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