In our church's Primary (the organization for children), the children are studying agency this year. Agency, that ability to choose for one's self, is a blessing. It is also a responsibility. Too often, I watch as people claim their agency but forget that with it come consequences.
Take the occupiers. They are in Denver, in Boulder, in Salt Lake City, in New York, and dozens of other cities. They use their agency to squat on public lands but take no responsibility for the mess and confusion and inconvenience for others that they create.
Yes, they have agency. And, yes, they have responsibility.
I have agency to write this blog. I also have a responsibility to write truth.
Agency is one of those sticky subjects. Does my four year old grandson have agency to play in the street? Yes. Does my son, his father, have a responsibility to make certain that he doesn't do this. Again, yes. Where does one man's agency stop and another's start? I put forth the theory that it starts with emulating the Savior. Do what He would do and you're probably on the right path.
This I know for sure: with agency comes responsibility.