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An introduction to the importance of individual responsibility

Jump to navigation Jump to search Personal responsibility or Individual Responsibility is the idea that human beings choose, instigate, or otherwise cause their own actions. A corollary idea is that because we cause our actions, we can be held morally accountable or legally liable.

Personal responsibility can be contrasted to the idea that human actions are caused by conditions beyond the agent's control.

  • It is your own job;
  • Since the very childhood everyone has certain responsibilities;
  • So being an adult means being responsible for yourself;
  • It is your own job;
  • There are certain kinds of jobs which demand from a personal responsibility, jobs where lack of responsibility can lead to tragic consequences or even to a catastrophe;
  • A corollary idea is that because we cause our actions, we can be held morally accountable or legally liable.

Since the late 19th-century, personal responsibility has become increasingly associated with political conservatism and libertarianism. More recently, personal responsibility has been associated with the reform of social welfare programs e. The earliest known English use of the phrase is by Massachusetts Rep.

  • We all know that some people are responsible, others are irresponsible;
  • That is why for someone it can be easier to be responsible, while for others it is rather hard;
  • The Framers did not pioneer the concept of man as a personally responsible agent;
  • So each of us more or less understands what responsibility is, what we need it for, and why it is very important;
  • We can not just call our mother or father and make them solve our problems.

Nathaniel Gorham at the U. Constitutional Convention on July 18, 1787. Out of the claptrap of law came the confusion-confounding device of corporate ownership.

Luck, Choice, and the Welfare State

Thereby a man-made person, utterly soulless and therefore without moral identity, nevertheless serves to absorb the personal responsibility of moral beings. That this contraption prospers by virtue of an imperialistic venture must be sheer accident; for, surely, one cannot associate the stock holding widow with the exploitation of some worker in Iran or India. Nor can the directors be individually charged with moral turpitude, since they act only in a collective capacity and everybody knows that a collectivity is without moral responsibility.

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  • The Framers did not pioneer the concept of man as a personally responsible agent;
  • The good society you envision by the decline of the state is a society of which you are an integral part; your campaign is therefore your own obligation.

Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays 1947. Social power resides in every individual. Just as you put personal responsibility on political behavior, so must you assume personal responsibility for social behavior. It is your own job.

The Age of Responsibility

You think poorly of legislator Brown not because he has violated a tenet of the Tax Reform Society to which you belong, but because his voting for a tax levy is in your own estimation an act of robbery. It is not a peace society which passes judgment on the war maker, it is the individual pacifist.

Personal responsibility

All values are personal. The good society you envision by the decline of the state is a society of which you are an integral part; your campaign is therefore your own obligation.

Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays 1946.

Essay on responsibility: Importance of being responsible

Public bodies feel no personal responsibility, and give full play to intrigue and cabal. Constitutional Convention, July 18, 1787 What does it mean to live esthetically, and what does it mean to live ethically? The esthetic in a person is that by which he spontaneously and immediately is what he is; the ethical is that by which he becomes what he becomes. What are you afraid of then? After all, you are not supposed to give birth to another human being; you are supposed to give birth only to yourself.

All such imaginary constructing is equivalent to sophistry in the realm of knowledge. The Framers did not pioneer the concept of man as a personally responsible agent.