re·spon·si·bil·i·ty | rəˌspänsəˈbilədē |
noun (plural responsibilities)
the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone: a true leader takes responsibility for their team and helps them achieve goals.
• the state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something: the group has claimed responsibility for a string of murders.
• the opportunity or ability to act independently and make decisions without authorization: we would expect individuals lower down the organization to take on more responsibility.
• (often responsibilities) a thing that one is required to do as part of a job, role, or legal obligation: he will take over the responsibilities of overseas director.
• [in singular] (responsibility to/toward) a moral obligation to behave correctly
toward or in respect of: individuals have a responsibility to control personal behavior.
It seems to me that responsibility is a moral obligation or choice to respond to life in a victimless stance.
Yes, there are real victims in this world, by crime, abuse, violence, etc. Yet all of us have the ability to choose our response to life. To become a victor and evicting the state of being or attitude of victimhood. This is daunting, since our world is comprised of victimizers and victims.
It is popular to think that if we eliminated the victimizers there would be no victims, right; wrong! Until the individual establishes and decides to no longer be victimized there can be no liberation or true awakening of the mind. Everything begins in the mind. Freedom must be established in your being.
So, responsibility is an action, a character, a way of being and living. It is a commitment to face the challenges and obstacles of life, not in a competitive manner, rather a cooperative one.
When we “react,” this is what has been stored inside of ourselves over years of limiting beliefs, experience, psychology, environment, family and various impressions from life.
Acting responsible requires courage, honesty, openness, willingness, and faith that commitments are honored and valued. It is a duty to oneself that only the individual can choose. It is an act of faith, in a power greater than the self, and a trust that, “what one sows, one reaps.”
Responsibility is unified into integrity. This allows ones actions to be congruent with ones behavior.
This is true responsible integrity.