What is responsibility?

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It's been said that the line between childhood and adulthood is crossed when we move from saying ‘It got lost' to ‘I lost it.'

Indeed, being accountable – and understanding and accepting the role our choices play in the things that happen – are crucial signs of emotional and moral maturity. That's why responsibility is one of the main pillars of good character.

Many people have been seduced by the Peter Pan philosophy of refusing to grow up and avoiding the burdens implied in being accountable. Yes, responsibility sometimes requires us to do things that are unpleasant or even frightening. It asks us to carry our own weight, prepare and set goals, and exercise the discipline to reach our aspirations.

But the benefits of accepting responsibility far outweigh the short-lived advantages of refusing to do so. No one makes his or her life better by avoiding responsibility. In fact, irresponsibility is a form of self-imposed servitude – to circumstances and to other people.

Responsibility is about our ability to respond to circumstances and to choose the attitudes, actions, and reactions that shape our lives. It is a concept of power that puts us in the driver's seat. The grand panorama of the potential of our lives can only be appreciated when we begin to be accountable and self-reliant.

Responsible people not only depend on themselves, but show others that they can be depended on. This breeds trust, and trust is a key that opens many doors.

If you want more control over your life and the pleasures, prerogatives, and power of freedom and independence, all you have to do is be responsible.

Responsibility: n. a subset(s) which is being controlled by a lifeform(s) and/or which is frequently an obligation(s) and/or duty(s)

If you are a parent and controlling some of the behavior of your offspring then you are being responsible. If you do your best to correct your mistakes and bad behavior then you are being responsible because you should be in control and are dutiful.

Animals such as some dogs can be trained to behave responsibly and protect humans and property. Animals are being responsible or dutiful when they raise their young offspring and pack animals assume responsibility when hunting and do their just share of the work.

Failure to be in control is being irresponsible and it will have or should have bad consequences.

A competent reputation is threatened if you start to behave irresponsibly and can no longer be trusted to fulfill your duties as a dutiful adult.

Many young adults have not been taught to be responsible independent adults because they have been over protected and under educated with rather useless information for a good paying job.

Over dependency on the family unit frequently translates into an entitlement mentality in the real world where we feel that we are entitled to benefits which we haven't earned in a responsible adult way.

Government has a responsibility to defend the country against external and internal criminal behavior and should spend taxpayer's money responsibly. Unfortunately government responsibility is frequently a reflection of individual responsibility and if the citizens are living immorally and irresponsibly then chances are the government will also begin to live immorally and irresponsibly and spend money unwisely.

Many modern lives are led chaotically and irresponsibly and this tremendous decrease in living skills is reflected in government actions which attempt to support much irresponsible behavior and welfare dependency.

Government and big banks are also to blame for financial irresponsibility because it doesn't encourage humans to save money for emergencies and retirement with a dollar decreasing in value on a yearly basis due to inflation, paying almost no interest on savings accounts, and an absence of good long duration investments other than real estate. The financial system is so structured that it doesn't pay to save money in a responsible way but rather encourages short duration speculation and profligate spending which causes financial crises and no responsible savings.

This is my first answer on quora so if i make any mistake in the language then please tell me.

Last month,i watched video on youtube and i really liked that video.Basically , a person explained the meaning of responsibility in that video and i think it is worth sharing.

Responsibility is the combination of two words: Response + ability

So, the life of each person depends on these two words .Before doing anything in their life, generally people ask some questions to themselves and the questions are:

Do I have the ability to achieve my dreams.....?

Do I have the ability to change the world....?

Do I have the ability to feed the hungry people...?

And the answer is you do, all of you have the ability to do the above things.

yes, you have the ability to complete your dreams ..........

Even you have the ability to change the world(you can make the world a better/bad place ).

but the most important question is

"what is your response to your abilities?"

So, the whole thing is depend on your response because it is the actions of people which tell their future.

If i want to achieve my dreams then it totally depends on my actions(i.e what am i doing to reach at my goals).

If we want to change the world, it also depend on the response of folks as what are they doing to solve the problems which are present in our society.

Therefore , people should do the help of other people because

" it is their responsibility"

Responsibility is keeping up the trust and faith of people (who have trust on u) no matter what the situation is. Also in some situations it is something you have to do so as to satisfy your own need or want or ego.

Your role.
See: Emotional Competency - Responsibility
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