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Psychology | Responsibility


When I took this photograph of a shelter in the park, I noticed a child in the shelter. Do I have any responsibility towards a child that I don’t even know? I was once told that I only had responsibility for myself and that I couldn’t help everyone. I can’t help everyone but I think I still have a responsibility to others. What if that child was in danger? Was my presence helping to protect her from some dangers, would she have been more vulnerable if the park had been empty and lonely. What if she had hurt herself? Would I have a duty to help her and perhaps call for assistance?

This is a responsibility of the more able to help the more vulnerable, who can argue with that? Should the more able and more fortunate, help the less able and less fortunate. Do the rich have a responsibility to help the poor? Do the successful have a duty to help those who have been unsuccessful?

Some people are born into success and riches and some people through not fault of their own, are born into poverty, abuse and misery. Do the former have a duty, a responsibility, to help the latter? How about people who are sick? Do the healthy amongst us have a duty, a responsibility to help those people who struggle because of illness or disability? How far reaching are our responsibilities to one another? Do we have a responsibility towards people who are unemployed? Do we have a responsibility to be polite or even nice to people who we feel are less fortunate.

Should we give up some of our time to do voluntary work to help people who are less fortunate than ourselves? Do we have a duty, a responsibility, to do what we can?

How about people in other countries? Do we have a responsibility, a duty, towards people who have poor health care, who are starving when we have plenty, who are thirsty when we have plenty to drink?

Responsible people, people who accept their duties and don’t make excuses command respect; genuine respect. You might have the less fortunate ones as admirers, waving their flags or even kissing your hand. They might serve your food, park your car, clean your house, mow your lawn; if they are paid. Would they take responsibility for your child, if your child needed help while out playing in the park; for no pay, no reward. Just because it was their responsibility; their duty to do so?

I hope today’s effort has made you think. There are more amazing blogs on the Home Page and tomorrow it’s Neodigital art!


2 responses

  1. Nice article, yes i think only after helping each other can we grow. yes this is a very simple answer, but history has witnessed mass murders and violent massacres and it is only due to some kind hearted soul who helped someone to move along the road. There names might not be in our history books, but their contribution is there to see in human evolution. Being kind is one of the reasons to survival, a leading magazine also went on to say. So when you say,’do i have any responsibility?’, i say, its tough to answer for all, but personally, yes i think that one has responsibility, cause this will do good in long run. This is the conscience thing I am talking about. It feels real good to help some one, makes you feel all important.

    29, May 2012 at 6:42 am

  2. Hi Fairy,

    That was the point i was trying to make that people who accept responsibility earn respect and accept their place in society. We are by nature social animals and work better collectively rather than individually. In the UK more people tend to live alone and work alone; society has become more selfish. We have to stop and ask if we have a responsibility towards people less fortunate before calling for less foreign aid for example.

    Thanks for visiting. I’ll look forward to your next guest article…

    29, May 2012 at 8:39 am

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