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 ?