Responsibility as a child of time

The Pythagoreans were the first, perhaps, to insist so doggedly that one give an account of oneself at the end of each day as if it were one’s final hour. What is responsibility for the entirety of one’s self but taking this thought to heart not at some late date but in each of one’s living breaths? It is as if we were always held to account in the eyes of the Other, holding a child of time in calloused hands, observing the papery ending of autumn.