“He who learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run….”
——– Friedrich Nietzsche
“Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them”
—— Elbert Hubbard
When people accept additional responsibility they are actually giving themselves a promotion. Responsible behaviour is to accept accountability. That presents maturity.
Acceptance of responsibility is a reflection of our attitude and the environment we operate in. Most people are quick to take credit for what goes right but very few would readily accept responsibility when things go wrong. A person who does not accept responsibility is not absolved from being responsible. Your objective is to cultivate responsible behaviour.
Stop the Blame Game
Avoid phrases such as:
- everyone else does it.
- or no one does it, or
- it is all your fault.
People who do not accept responsibility shift the blame to their parents, teachers and genes. God, fate, luck or the stars. Responsible behaviour should be inculcated right from childhood. It cannot be taught without a certain degree of obedience.
Obedience does not mean mindless obedience or absolute obedience which would always be counterproductive.
Johnny said, “Mama, Jimmy broke the window.” Mama asked,”How did he do it?” Johnny replied, “I threw a stone at him and he ducked”.
People who use their privileges without accepting responsibility usually end up losing their privileges. Responsibility involves thoughtful action.
Pettiness Causes Us to Ignore Our Responsibilities
Think about it. Petty minds are busy passing the buck rather than doing what needs to be done.
Ancient Indian wisdom teaches us that our first responsibility is to the community, second to our family and third to our ourselves. When this hierarchy is reversed, a society starts degenerating. Social responsibility ought to be the moral obligation of every citizen. Responsibility and freedom go hand in hand. A sign of a good citizen is that he is willing to pull his own weight.
“The price of greatness is responsibility.”
—— Winston Churchill
Societies are not destroyed so much by activities of rascals but by inactivity of good people. What a paradox!
If good people can tolerate destruction by being inactive, how can they be good? The question is, are they discharging their social responsibility?
“For evil to flourish, good people have to do nothing and evil shall flourish.”
—– Edmund Burke
Adapted from “You Can Win” by Shiv Khera.