Thursday, August 28, 2008

"Individual responsibility and mutual responsibility.."

Presidential hopeful: Senator Barack Obama's speech cites the social contract essential ingredients of "..Individual responsibility and mutual responsibility (are) what makes America great..." How do you deal with your citizens' responsibility? Are you responsible? To your family? To your neighborhood? To your school? To society? To your states? To the country? Answer honestly, and reflect after reading his acceptance (of the democratic nomination) speech.

27 comments:

  1. I am responsibility in the fact, that I know that everything I do is a reflection of me, my family and how I was raised. Being responsible means that I can't blame others for my mistakes or the opportunities I did not pursue. Also I know that no one is going to just hand me what I want out of life. It is my job to achieve my dreams for my life The best way I believe that I can be responsible is to take care of myself and not think that someone is going to just hand me everything I want out of life.

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  2. Nice Zita. Try to give specifics, for example, do you pick up someone's trash? Do you speed? Do you help others cross the road ot hold open the doors for people who need help? Do you offer a helping hand to someone --without being asked--or do you wait for someone to ask for help? How do you help others in your State? or Country?

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  3. I feel that Zita said a lot of what I wanted to say. But I have learned that being responsible means not only taking responsibility for your actions, but it means that you must also deal with other everyday things that may not seem like such a big deal. For example: if a friend is short a couple bucks, and is trying to buy something, you could GIVE him/her the money that they need, or being responsible means not going and spending all or your paycheck at one time, or paying a ticket on time, or correcting a banking error. To me these are just some of the things that I am now having to deal with. And how I deal with them and the time at which I do so will say a lot about me. Because at this point in life it's not reflecting my parent, it's showing whether I am a capable young adult or not.

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  4. I think I am responsible in the way i live life. I have a job and I don't waste my time like others do doing pointless activities, I help out my family when they most need it by cleaning around house sometimes or running erands. I always think before I do something but it is also natural to have mistakes, but you limit them as much as you can. I am responsible to society by not trashing the world and not stealing because those two things could affect how society looks and lives. I think individaul responsibility is big in the fact that everyone has to be responsible in the future so why not start at an early age. For idiots who trash the world or speed cause so many problems for the world. If you speed, you one risk your own life and two you risk someone else's life and the damage in your car. Also i agree with Zita's last statement, no one is going to provide you all your life so responsibility is a key.

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  5. I don't think I'm as responsible as i should be. But thats whats so great America! As much of an Obama supporter that i am, i have to disagree with his statement that individual responsibility and mutual responsibility are what make America great, becuase America is an extremely lazy society and is anything but responsible. We don't recycle enough, we are years behind the rest of the world on converting to alternative sources of power and we still don't use the metric system! Now, like i said, i am not exempt from this. I don't think that i do enough to consider myself responsible. i cant say i haven't littered, or not picked up a piece of trash that i see on the side of the street, or left the lights on in my house when i go out. Does this make me a bad person? according to the worlds standard to responsible (socially, environmentally, and morally) I'm probably not the best person, but to my own standards, the ones that i have developed from living my life, i think I'm just fine.

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  6. I honestly think that I am a responsible person. When I say I’ll do something I do it, if I’m told to do something important I do it. When my mom or grandparents tell me to do something I do it, because that’s my responsibility to them for giving me some were to live and some were to eat. My responsibility doesn’t end with my family. I don’t break the law and have a job; I show up to school and do my work. I also just live my life; witch in my opinion is the biggest responsibility you have.

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  7. In life we have to take resposiblity. When we are teens, most of blame of our actions is put upon or parents. But when time comes for us to become adults, which is approaching sooner than we think, we have to take resposiblity for our own actions. In school we have to take igniative to get assignments (althought they may seem pointless in the bigger picture) done, because they will lead to other things. If we don't take responsiblty in high school to get it done, than we won't have opprotunities in college and beyond to make a difference when we have to the ablity to. At home I have to take responsiblity to get chores and tasks done, before anyone tells me to because I should already know what needs to be done. One must be responsible and reliable to be supportive or a stable being in someone's life just in case they might be needed. We, as people from all over the world, need to be responsible for what happens to our planet and help it not end in destruction. I, myself, demand that my parents pick up glass bottles for everything instead of plastic, because plastic cannot be recycled. All the paper that is used daily could be recycled for new paper instead of waiting to be decomposed in a landfill miles away. Recycling seems like it might not make a difference, but I believe it truely will. Although I believe that one person can't make a difference, I try to do the little things that can help. Maybe in life if one took the responsiblity to change or make the world a better place, than it will be passed on to others and start a whole chain of positive changes.

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  8. Barack Obama gave a powerful speech at the Democratic Convention regarding the responsibilities of the government and how the government should help and protect their citizens. However, he also noted that the government couldn’t do it alone – they needed all of us to have individual responsibilities as well. I deal with citizens’ responsibilities by demonstrating responsibility in return. I try to be responsible as best as I can on a daily basis. I aim to be responsible for my family by trying to taking care of my house, do what my parents expect of me, and be a role model and watchful eye for my younger sister and cousins. To my neighborhood, I aim to be responsible by not being loud or obnoxious. To my school, I aim to be responsible by challenging myself and trying my best to get a good education, being respectful to my teachers and peers, and not cheating. To my society, I aim to be responsible by following all rules and regulations, giving back to my community through volunteer work, and doing well in school to eventually become a positive part of society. I try to have similar responsibilities for my state and country as well. When I’m old enough, I will also be responsible for voting in city, state, and federal elections.

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  9. Responsibility is something that I had to learn early in my childhood. My mom was rarely home because she was always out of town working. Because of that, I had to take on more family responsibility. I would ofter find that I would have to take care of myself for hours at a time and I would always have to help out around the house (dishes, cleaning, laundry, etc.) because it was hard for my dad to work long hours and take care of my sister and I. I feel that taking on that sort of responsibility has made me a better person because I realized that nothing comes easy and you have to work hard for it. This has also helped me with my decision making. During the summer I always have a job so I stay out of trouble. The responsibility didn't stop with me or my family, it also expanded out to my neighborhood. I have found myself helping my neighbor (who is a single parent) often by watching over her 7 year old twins for a little bit so she can relax or get work done. I am also responsible to society. I don't go around with my friends looking for things to vandalize and I often find myself holding doors open for other people. Responsibility is a key component of life.

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  10. I feel I could be more of a responsible person if I did not procrastinate. When I procrastinate I tend to forget about what is needed to be done or end up doing it wrong. But I do help out my family when they need me to watch my little brother or run errands for them. I also try to help the environment by recycling and eating organic food. I also am responsible by showing up to school everyday and try my best to do all of the work that is assigned to me. I agree with Obama when he says that what makes America great is individual and mutual responsibility. If there were no responsibilities, and people just did what pleased them, nothing could function properly, like businesses. Responsibility is not only doing chores but also taking responsibility for your actions.

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  11. For the most part, I am responsible for myself. Certain decisions I make may end up in consequences that I have to deal with. Getting good grades in order to get in a good college is MY responsibility. At certain places (like church) it's MY responsibility to act a certain way. At work it's MY responsibility to get my tasks done because that is what they are paying me for. How you respond to certain situations can show people your personality (ex: if someones taking a class and they never show up, it can be assumed they are not taking the class seriously, and they are not a reliable person).

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  12. "... not with so much work to be done; not with so many children to educate, and so many veterans to care for; not with an economy to fix, and cities to rebuild, and farms to save; not with so many families to protect and so many lives to mend."-Barack Obama's acceptance speech.
    I think this is a valid point about responsibility. I feel that we need to take responsibility for our country and do what is right by it. I feel like as a citizen, my responsibility is to abide by the laws set for me. I also feel as a citizen, I should show respect to the environment and to those around me. To my family, I am responsible for carrying our name with honor and being the best person I can be. My parents always taught me to never settle so it is my responsibility to them to work as hard as I can in everything I do. I am also responsible to my neighborhood to be a good role model for the younger children around me. To my school I am responsible for achieving my best possible academically, being respectful to teachers and other students, and to represent Carlmont positively. To my environment I am responsible for taking care of it and leaving the least impression on it as possible. I am responsible for lowering my energy usage and treating the environment with respect. Although these are all responsibilities that are expected of me by others and by myself, I admit to not always following my responsibilities. Sometimes responsibilities take hard work and at times its hard work that I chose to neglect. I try to be aware at all times of my responsibilities and be as respectful as I can.

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  13. Responsibility is what makes the United States flow so fluently. Responsibility goes from taking out the trash to our career paths we choose in life. Everyone takes a role in our government. Such roles can be from Being the president, to just voting for the president. I am not the age to vote, so I have my own responsibilities to follow. As of now I am a student, and it is my responsibility to get a good education. Then following that get a job that contributes to our society, which helps our government flow. Responsibility is in our everyday activities. It is mainly based on our decision making and contribution to our society.

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  14. I think everyone has different responsibilities in life. There are many different kinds of responsibilities such as social, moral, community, family, and many more. I believe that everyone is responsible to a limit. I am a responsible person because i feel that I accomplish what is needed out of me. I stay on top of my school work as well as maintain a job and chores at home. If you are not responsible for yourself none else is going to be. I think that it is really important to take responsibilities because it increase respect levels as well as self esteem. I think the biggest responsibility as a teenager is to maintain a good education and set goals for the future.

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  15. I believe that I'm responsible.I do not put my life, or others lives for that matter, in jeopardy. I am also reponsible in my neighborhood, I keep a watch out for crime and report it to the proper authorities when necessary. I believe that to be a reponsible person to your country, you must also be reponsible to yourself. You can not make promises to others or yourself and then not keep them or keep procrastinating,"Oh I will do it later,or he'll won't remember." Life is not like that, if you do that at a job you will probably be fired. Don't make promises you can't keep. All procratinating does is make people hate you and not trust you.

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  16. I like how Alexa pointed out how Obama stated the government couldn't do their job if citizens didn't manage their own responsibilities. I feel that it is very important for everyone to be responsible and do their own part to make their communities a better place. I am a pretty responsible person. I drive my sister around everyday and try my best to be on time when I go to school. I don't litter and I carpool to help the environment. I teach my younger cousins good life skills and I am also a good student in school. I try my best to be a bigger person when in conflicts by not getting physical and I use my words to fix any problems I have. When I turn 18 I can fulfill my duty as an adult and vote to help better my state and country.

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  17. Being Responsible means being accountable, as for something within one's power, control, or management. Thinking of myself as if I am 100% responsible would be a lie. I don't believe anyone is 100% responsible because America is not perfect to say the least. I am responsible in my own way. I go to school, get an educatin, and try to be the best role model I can be. Everyone has different priorities and goals which set different responsibilities for each person. I believe you can't force someone to be responsible but maybe you can inspire that person to become the best that they can be. My responsibilities are to be a good sister, daughter, classmate, student, role model, and citizen I can possibly be.

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  18. I am somewhat responsible. I am aware I should be more responsible but I don't do anything about it because I am also very lazy. I sometimes like to blame others other than myself because it makes me feel better about myself. I'm only responsible when it comes down to important things like my future or a job. I don't do many chores either. I only clean my room when I see a giant mosquito or a spider. My responsibility only harms myself and not others because I don't like to hurt others.

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  19. I believe that I am a responsible person, when I am told to do something I write it down so that I don’t forget to do it. I feel that I am responsible for all of my actions and it is wrong to blame your mistakes on others. People will respect you if you follow your responsible as a person. I think I contribute my responsibilities to the environment by cleaning up my trash and eating organic foods. I am also responsible in the aspect that I complete my school work and do my chores. If nobody was responsible, our country will erupt and fall apart. We need people to follow to contribute to society to maintain a proper civilization.

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  20. I would say that I am a responsible person, but there are times when I could be irresponsible too. I do think that nobobdy is perfect and people could still make mistakes.I am responsible to my family, by doing the various tasks I am supposed to do like I pick up my brother everyday after school, and I also have to work for the family buisness. I do my part in being responsible for the community by doing a recycling program around my street. I also volunteer to help my neighbors out with some yard work as well. I do think I am responsible but, maybe at times i could be irresponsible as well.I feel though that everyone should be responsible for their actions and try not to hide from it. If everyone did that we would live in a great country

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  21. I believe I am a responsible person. I do, however, have my moments when I do not want to be responsible. I try to take responsibility for actions and words. As Hayley stated, it is wrong to blame others for what you have done. If you do something wrong, I think you should own up to it. Don’t try to put it on someone else. When it is a shared choice for the actions you should not just put the other person at blame, but you to should take some responsibility for the actions or words. I will admit I do sometimes blame it all on one person when I had equal say in the action or in the words. When I say I am going to do something I do my best to stick to it. When I know I am supposed to do something, I do my best to do it and get it done. I do not like putting things off or not doing them or blaming things on others; because that shows how little your responsibility standards are for yourself.

    -Jessica1

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  22. I think I am socially responsible for my actions. My actions,good or bad, will have consequences. Whether you see it or not, somebody will be effected by your decisions. It is my responsibility to choose wisely on what I do because it can affect me for the rest of my life. I obey the laws by going to school, paying my taxes and driving within the speed limits. At work I do my job, and remain honest and trustworthy with all my financial transactions. I always think about the future and how I can change it for the better!

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  23. I truly feel that responsibility falls under the choices that people make. I also feel that I am a responsible person because I know what is right and what is wrong. I know that there is always a time and a place to do something. Someone who is responsible is someone that can do things and you know that they are doing the right thing that any moralistic person world do. Also, like Jessica said, a responsible person takes ownership for their actions. While I feel that I am very responsible, my mother and I would both agree that I would be lying by saying that I’m always responsible. By accepting that no one is perfect in being responsible, including me, that only shows the maturity and responsibility of an adult that is on there way to succeed in the adult society.

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  24. Responsibility plays a role in my life in many ways. I am responsible to make myself and my family look good. I do responsibilities for my family and friends to help them any way possible, even if its simple or difficult. If I am responsible to do something and do not follow through with them I do not blame anyone but myself. In my community I recycle, drink tap water, and pick up trash on the beach when i go surf. I think that the world would be a much better place if everyone took responsibilities for themselves and followed through with them.

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  25. I feel that I'm a very responsible person. No I'm not taking on the country or a state but I am taking on my home. I moved out of my mom’s house to live with my aunt and, to help her out with her 3 children, and their new home while she attends nursing school full time. Not only do I take care of the kids ex: feed them, bathe them, watch them, teach them something new, but I also try to help out with whatever I can. If it’s just doing the dishes taking out the trash or taking the kids on a walk, any little thing helps. I also help the neighbors out when they need to run around or just don't feel like having the kids breathe down their neck.
    I also feel that I am responsible for my actions and the choices I make everyday even if that means I make an irresponsible choice to put off my blog or my homework. I am responsible for that and that's something I have to live with. I'm trying to be a better a person, trying to learn new time management skills, and trying to stop putting things off till the last minute.
    -Sierra1

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  26. Responsibility is a commitment. You cannot be responsible for certain things you do and not responsible for others. You cannot choose to take back incidents that were bad choices and change them into good ones. Being responsible is more than just a title, it is a way of living. To call yourself "responisble", at all times you must own up it. I feel that I am a very reliable person, and that I try to make the best decissions possible, to affect me in positive ways, but everyone slips up at times. For my family, I participate by doing chores and obeying the rules of the house. As a student I make goosd choices about being on time, completing my home work, and respecting the teachers. By making good choices, it proves to others that you can be trusted and are responisble.
    When you have achieved that, you can truley call yourself responsible and know that you make good choices. Responsibilities are an important way of life and if everyone obides by their own, we would have less problems.

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  27. Responsibility is a huge part of everyones life. I feel that I am responsible when it counts, but not all of the time. There are things I do that can be seen as not responsible and that is fine with me. Some examples are things like speeding, not wearing helmets, and not completing all of my homework. Small things that mostly only affect me. When it comes to bigger responsibilities such as following the law (example: no drinking and driving, paying taxes, and respecting everyone elses rights. I feel that it is important to respect others and prioritize responsibilities.

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