re·spon·si·bil·i·ty [riˌspänsəˈbilətē] noun the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something.
Responsibility vs. Entitlement
I am a strong believer in personal responsibility. Once we are sure that effects have causes it falls on each of us individually to change the causes for better results.
This belief is the basis for all law (law which by definition is the regulation of morality) (self governing / self control is the principle side effect of taking personal responsibility).
If we can agree that taking personal responsibility is essential to any kind of change, we are ready to move on to the next step.
Note that I feel there are 3 reasons to hold a belief in responsibility
- Observational: as a whole people don't take responsibility for others. You can only change yourself.
- Pragmatic: People who take responsibility to change themselves impact their environment in positive ways.
- Theological: God assigns responsibility to individuals Ge 3:17
The practical implementation of Responsability in everyday life is one of the "disciplines we study in the strenuous life project (see the page on discipline).