Responsibility has become a foreign or swear word, I don’t know which right now. When did this happen? Why is it such a difficult concept for young people to comprehend? Where did we take a left turn and leave responsibility behind? I don’t know whether to be perturbed at people who cannot grasp the concept of personal responsibility or scared for our future.
Over the past few years, we have grown further and further away from the idea that we are all responsible for our actions to a generation (maybe two) that thinks responsibility lies with someone else. It can be seen constantly on the news and in the courts. Examples are:
1. Affluent Texas Underage Teenager buys beer, goes driving around hits another car and kills not only some of his friends riding with him, but people in the other car too and his defense team uses the excuse that since he grew up in an affluent family, he did not comprehend his actions AND THE JURY BOUGHT IT!
2. Man abuses and batters his wife to death, the defense attorney goes with the excuse that he had grown up without a father in the home and therefore did not have an example to show him how to be a husband AND THE JURY BUYS IT!
3. The Wall Street and other sit ins that happened all over the nation where people were demanding free college education, free this and free that; and there people out there supporting this BS.
4. The teenager who sued her parents for cancelling her private education after she refused to listen and obey them.
5. Another teenager sues her parents to pay for her college education AND A JUDGE FINDS IN HER FAVOR!
6. Michael Brown tries to take a police officer’s gun and beats on the officer while doing so. Afterwards he charges at the officer, who by the way was much smaller than this thug, and the officer fires his weapon in self defense. Even though there are photos and videos showing how this teen was no angel, people still riot and destroy a community in support of the thug. Where is Brown’s responsibility for causing the interaction?
7. Eric Garner, out of bail for selling illegal (non-taxed) cigarettes is doing it again. The store owner where Garner is operating calls the police. They arrive and try to handcuff and arrest him. He resists, and they end up taking him down to get him handcuffed. He claims he cannot breathe and while being taken to the hospital in an ambulance, he dies. Are the people upset with the man who committed a crime which brought the police in the first place? Are they upset at that person for resisting arrest? No, they are pointing their fingers at the police officers blaming them. Where is Garner’s responsibility for initiating the confrontation?
Here is how it works folks, if you commit a crime, YOU are responsible for everything that happens after that.
If you are an adult and you want to attend college, it is your responsibility to pay for it even if you are lucky enough to have parents who are willing to pay.
If you are a juvenile, it is your responsibility to obey your parents. If you choose not to, everything that happens as a result of you not obeying is your responsibility.
If you are a juvenile or adult and you get drunk or are under the influence of illegal substances and do something that results in the death of others, you are responsible.
If you grow up without a parent in the home, well welcome to the 21st century. There are many people who grow up in single parent households that manage to function just fine in society. If you are not one of them, that is your responsibility not anyone else’s.