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One value that many Americans have is “personal responsibility.” This basically means that when we do something we are willing to admit that we did it, whether it is good or bad, and then accept the consequences of that action. There are a wide variety of different things that happen every day in which we may have to accept personal responsibility. These can range from something as simple as admitting that we said something bad about another person to admitting that we were the person who ate all of those cookies.
Personal responsibility is seen as very important because it reveals how honest a person is and therefore how much we can trust them. There are many other more complete descriptions of personal responsibility that go into more detail as to what we should expect from ourselves and others in the area of personal responsibility.
Personal responsibility is important because it helps our society function more effectively. Some of the basic things that we expect each person in our society to take responsibility for include taking care of one’s health, supporting your family financially, following the laws of our communities and our country, and helping to take care of those that are in need. There is a great deal of debate on the issue of how far a society should go in making sure that every person takes care of his/her personal responsibilities.
Another type of personal responsibility is called “civic responsibility.” This is a person’s duty to help out their community and their country. Examples of civic responsibility would include such things as the duty to vote, serving on a jury when called to do so, and some people would even say volunteering to help out in the community.
What do you think is the biggest challenge in accepting personal responsibility? How would you rate your level of personal responsibility and why? What do you think happens if people do not meet their civic responsibility? Why do some people avoid civic responsibility but are very good with personal responsibility in other areas of their lives? What are some of the largest benefits of all citizens engaging in personal responsibility?