“…simply make things better for someone else, as if I were to be born again, and that someone else, and it doesn't have to be me, but it could be someone like me, that they would have a better life than I had, that everyone was better. There is something seriously wrong with everyone, and that is something I observed when I was very young. We are the problem, and we need to become better, because we are fucking everything up.”
“So this is who I am. There is something seriously wrong with everyone and we need to fix it, if not for us, then for the future generations."
"Everything I have done in this life, and everything I will do, is for this purpose.”

Sunday, July 24, 2016

What is Responsibility?

Let's consider the following scenario. A person lies to another person that there is a sale going on in a store. So if the person were to get emotionally angry, physically yell, and think to themselves how this person is an asshole for lying to him, would he not be responsible at all for himself just because his friend lied to him? Who is yelling, thinking and acting? He is. And what is responsibility? It refers to the one that is doing, deciding, moving, and creating.

Is there ever any situation where you are not responsible for what you do, say, or think? Is there any situation where any person is not responsible for what he or she does says or thinks? I claim that every single person is always responsible for what he or she says, does and thinks. For example, when someone lies to you, that person is responsible for what he said, for what he thought and what he did. And you are responsible for what you said, thought, and did with their lie. So in every moment, every person is responsible for his self.

Consider another example where someone takes what you said and makes a bad decision based off of that. You are responsible for what you said and he is responsible for what he did. So both you and him are responsible for your individual selves. The same applies in a group context. For example, in a group of ten people, each one is responsible for what he says, does and thinks, even when one person says something that someone else takes and then speaks the same to another person who also takes it who then makes a bad decision using that information. Each person is always responsible for what he says, does and thinks.

Now let's consider the opposite. Are people responsible for what they don't say, what they don't do, or don't think? If a person sees something but decides to do nothing, they made a decision to either not say anything or not do something. Therefore it is clear to me that responsibility also refers to the one that decides. It is a decision to act, to do, to say, to think, as well it is a decision to not act, to not do, to not say, and not think. So for example, when a person is thinking a thought "I am stupid" whenever they make a mistake, and then they decide to stop thinking that thought, they are the one responsible for making the decision to not think that thought. So here is evidence that one is responsible for what one decides not to do.

 If one is responsible for what one does as well as what one does not do, I claim that one is responsible for everything that exist. The reason why is because one makes the decision to either change things or not to change things. Therefore each person alive right now has made a decision about whether they will take action to change or to not take action to change. You can call "not taking action to change" the same as accepting and allowing.

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