Personal Responsibility is the Key

by Justin Weinger on September 24, 2006

Today I’m going to piggyback off of my “it’s not the credit card company’s fault” article.  I know this post is going to make me sound preachy, but I think it’s something that needs to be said, so I’m going to say it.

The other day I was watching one of the 24 hour news stations and a report came on talking about how McDonalds is being sued for allegedly causing people to become obese. Watching this report made me remember something that my 7th grade English teacher told me after I tried to weasel my way out of trouble:

“You know you’re starting to mature when, for example, after you break something you say ‘I broke it’ as opposed to saying ‘it broke.'”

What I take that to mean is at some point in your life you have to be willing to take responsibility for your actions – no matter the consequences.  Whether it’s something as small as breaking something around the house or something as big as getting your finances in order, you have to be willing to take responsibility for your actions.

Ultimately, I don’t blame tobacco or alcohol companies, fast food restaurants, credit card companies, etc., for our problems, because somewhere down the line we had an opportunity to make a choice.  If we chose wrong, it was still our choice and we have to live with the consequences.

That being said, it’s also never too late to work towards fixing our bad decisions.  Whether it’s trying to give up smoking, eating healthier or living within our means, we always have the chance to try and fix our mistakes.

Anyway, I apologize for the preachy tone of this post, but I hope that even if you disagree with me, I’ve given you something to think about.



joe September 24, 2006 at 7:15 pm

Personal responsibility is for suckers and fools. The president doesn’t take personal responsibility, your congressmen doesn’t, you mayor doesn’t, your CEO doesn’t so why should you?

Look people have invented corporations just so they could shirk their personal responsibility.

Look around you. The really rich and the really powerful never take personal responsiblity for anything. “Hey it’s not my fault those guys were tortured, it’s that soldier on the ground, he did it on his own!”.

If you want to be rich and powerful then start acting like them. Never ever take responsibility for anything you broke. Take credit for others work whenever you can.

If somebody tells you that you need to take personal responsibility tell them to shove it up their asses. Personal responsiblity is for suckers and fools and for people who take the fall for others.

Do yourself a favor. Start a corporation and promise yourself that you will never take personal responsibility for anything ever again.

brian.carr September 24, 2006 at 7:24 pm

That seems like a very unfortunate way to go through life.

Why should you be unwilling to accept personal responsibility because it seems others are unwilling to do so?

alan September 24, 2006 at 8:47 pm

Joe has a point even though he was being faceitious. Very few of our leaders or icons of society accept responsibility for their mistakes. When was the last time you read of a corporation being fined that admitted responsibility. It’s always “blah blah has been fined xxx million dollars but admits no wrongdoing”. You try standing in front of a judge and saying, “sure I’ll pay the fine but I don’t admit any wrongdoing.” It seems everytime I open a newspaper or turn on the TV news, there is another story of corruption or greed or ethical transgression.

As for financial responsibility, our government sure doesn’t set a very good example. I just read an article linked at pointing out that our national debt amounts to $375,000 dollars for each person in the U.S.

The rich get richer and the rest of us just sink deeper into debt. Try saving for the future if you’ve got the typical family obligations such as a mortgage, car payment, insurance premiums, property taxes, and all the other expenses that suck away at our take home pay. Earnings, adjusted for inflation, have been flat for most Americans for about 20 years now. For everyone except the super rich that is.

Marxllw September 24, 2006 at 9:19 pm

Another human attribute that has vanished in our society is Honour. No one values Honour anymore. If you were to describe an Honourable person and a Wealthy business person (money made by exploiting the masses either by speculation or profiteering) to the average joe, and asked him/her whom was the successful of the two, I am sure they would choose the later.

joe September 25, 2006 at 2:02 pm

Honor is for suckers and fools too!. In the days of yore honor was forged on the battlefield and carried back into society. Honorable men faced each other, drew their swords. fought to the death drawing their enemies blood or being killed in face to face combat.

These days honor means sitting on a ship, eating cheetos and pushing a button which launches a cruise missile that kills 20 people one of whom might be guilty of something or another. Better yet dropping cluster bombs in crowded cities.

Honor is long gone. It’s dog eat dog out there. Destroy your enemy, rape their women, revel in the cries of their men.

We (Americans) as a nation have thrived precisely because we have shed our ancient and useless concepts of personal responsibility and honor. Fuck all that, take the money and run.

Money is the only thing that matters. Kill, lie, cheat, manipulate, torture. Do anything you can to get more. The CEO of haliburton has personally made over 100 billion since the iraq war has started. Cheney and Bush have both have made hundreds of millions if not billions from this war. Kill and make yourself rich.

Fuck everybody else. It’s the AmericanWay (TM).

joe September 25, 2006 at 2:08 pm

“Why should you be unwilling to accept personal responsibility because it seems others are unwilling to do so?”

Because they are the ones who are successful and rich. They get ahead while the people who take personal responsibility get punished.

You don’t learn to succeed by watching failures go about their business. You learn to succeed by watching the rich and the powerful and copying them.

The rich and the powerful never take personal responsiblity for anything. They form corporations to hide behind. They form offshore companies to hide money and to further shift blame. They lie, cheat, and steal constantly. They put up a public facade by giving .001% percent of their money in highly publised events but they fuck everybody else every other day to amass even more money.

If you want to be a misreable wretch then by all mean live an honorable life taking personal responsiblity. If you want to get ahead then you should immediate abandon all your previously held beliefs about honor, honesty, and responsibility.

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