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Who's responsible ?

  • Oct 3, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Personal responsibility:                                                                                               1. the state or fact of being responsible, answerable, or accountable for something within   one's power, control, or management.
2. an instance of being responsible: The responsibility for this mess is yours!
3. a particular burden of obligation upon one who is responsible: the responsibilities of authority.
4. a person or thing for which one is responsible: A child is a responsibility to its parents.
5. reliability or dependability, especially in meeting debts or payments.

- We all have some, or should have,but how much do we want, when do we feel burdened by it, when do we shirk it, when do we stand up to it, when do we want more of it ?

And what about our collective responsibility ? Collective moral responsibility refers to arrangements appropriate for addressing widespread harm and wrongdoing associated with the actions of groups. Wars, gang violence, toxic waste spills, world hunger, overcrowding and brutality in  prisons, corporate fraud, the manufacture of unsafe and defective products, failure of legislative bodies to respond to pressing public policy concerns, or financial waste by a governmental agency, are some examples of the serious and widespread harms associated with collective actions and a variety of groups.  They are matters of very real and growing concern to people living in every country on the planet.

Can feeling responsible for these kind of actions be overwhelming and lead to fatalism, inertia or denial ?

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  • Peter E.

    Hi Everyone, Ziggy just informed me that she has problems with her computer. That means that the scheduling for the next meeting has to wait.

    October 9, 2013

  • Ziggy

    "At present, Chinese consumers account for 28 percent of the global luxury market. More Gucci and Hermes stores can be found in Hong Kong than Paris.
    Last month six Asian cities were announced to be the world’s top ten in terms of the numbers of millionaire, multimillionaire and billionaire residents, with Tokyo at the top (expected to be taken over by China in 2017). Here are some more startling facts: in 2012 there were 8,100 billionaires in China, up 600 from the previous year. Moreover, China was home to some 2.7 million high net worth individuals, with assets of more than $950,000, as of last year. Chinese-owned offshore assets surged 20 percent to $1.2 trillion. The Asian (particularly Chinese) Nouveau riche is becoming a global socio-economic phenomenon..."
    So much for how the Chinese do it so much better than we, Barry... I'm not convinced.

    October 5, 2013

  • Ziggy

    Thanks Peter for the link to "9 out of 10 Americans..." How sadly fascinating and how utterly shocking to see these statistics. And millions watched it saying "I like" yet nobody seems to be too worried.... shrug the shoulders and accept it as how the world is, secretly hoping to be one of the 1% of the rich soon....
    The other philosophy group had a topic related to the craziness of money accumulation recently and I copied some of the information they gave there, because it shocked me too.
    Here it is:

    October 5, 2013

  • Peter

    Thought provoking analysis of who's responsible for the money. Ironic that America (and Australia/NZ) were settled largely by people escaping the tyranny of landlords and poverty, yet the nations they founded created the exact same tyranny within a few centuries.

    October 5, 2013

    • Peter

      Very interesting - we've all touched on the unsustainable issues of our current money driven world, this is one of the first videos that gives me hope of there being another way

      October 4, 2013

  • Ziggy

    Thanks for the link to the Youtube clip Monique. That's exactly what I tried to say and it expresses how I feel. Unfortunately I'm not quite as optimistic as the young man in the video, I just can't see that the change into 'adulthood' of humankind is already happening and that we are willing to work on healing the damage we have done to our planet - we're still messing around like kids, without the feeling of responsibility. Maybe I'm just too pessimistic....

    October 4, 2013

  • Carol S.

    Sorry I will not be able to make it tonight. I've come down with extreme fatigue. Disappointed bc looked forward to it all week. :(

    October 3, 2013

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