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The Statue of Responsibility is a proposed structure to be built on the West Coast of the United States.

The original idea of a Statue of Responsibility was the vision of Dr. Viktor E. Frankl, a Holocaust survivor who went on to publish Man’s Search for Meaning[1] In this work published in 1946, Frankl stated that:

Freedom, however, is not the last word. Freedom is only part of the story and half of the truth. Freedom is but the negative aspect of the whole phenomenon whose positive aspect is responsibleness. In fact, 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.[2]


  1. ^ Fein, Esther B. (1991-11-20). "Book Notes". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  2. ^ Frankl, Viktor Emil (1956) Man's Search for Meaning, p. 209-210.