Responsibility. I have be pondering that word as of late, and thus have decided to put my musings on paper, err… keyboard, so that I may make a little more sense of my feelings toward the word. Specifically I am thinking of persona responsibility for one’s own actions. I’ll use the example of a woman who beats on her young son. Clearly, that woman belongs in jail right? Or, at the very least she should receive heavy fines and community service for what she has done to that boy. However… and this is where it gets a little tricky… What if her own father beat up on both her and her mother, and brother, while she was a child? What if the family had lived in an isolated, rural area where the children where home schooled and had virtually no outside friends, let alone went to their houses? Would one not then have to consider these facts before making a sure judgment of this woman. Could it not be, in any likelihood at all, that she beat up her son because she really had no idea how else to parent a child. Being as her own child is male, I suppose there is even a chance he could remind her of her father, who she clearly wishes to beat up on. Now, I’ll go even further with this, and here it gets even trickier. We could then blame the child beating woman’s father I suppose, because he was the one who taught her those kinds of behaviors, however, what if HIS father beat him all his childhood existence as well? Even worse, what if his father beat on him. And on and on it goes. Now, I am certainly not saying that I condone child abuse. I most certainly do not in any way. I’ve been there and I think it’s one of the most horrid things a child can be subjected to. All I’m saying is that maybe instead of calling this woman a horrible person, and leaving it at that, expecting her to take full responsibility for her crime and pay for her actions, when she might not have known any better, Maybe someone should actually teach her something and help her out a bit.
That its just one of many examples I could use in this issue. It would not have mattered though in the end which example I had picked. The fact is, it might actually be worth considering that human beings, as a general rule, seem very content to just point figures at others, who are in some kind of trouble and tell them to take responsibility for their own actions. My thinking is that there might be a few cases in which a person cannot do that, or can, but not without help and a little patient teaching. Have my fellow human beings begun to take this self responsibility thing to the point of obsession? Have we brought it to the point where anyone who knows they have done wrong but need a helping hand to get back on track, are actually becoming afraid to get that help for fear of ridicule and useless implications of laziness and stupidity?
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