not be your brother's keeper


not be your brother's keeper
(not) be (your) brother's keeper to not be responsible for what someone does or for what happens to them.

It's all too easy for us not to intervene in another country's problems, telling ourselves that we're not our brother's keeper.

You shouldn't blame yourself for what's happened to Simon. You're not his keeper, you know.


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