Self-responsibility is something I hear coming out of my mouth more than I sometimes realise. It seems the most apt response to so many questions:
"How do you deal with personal dynamics in groups?"
"How do I get ahead in life?"
"How do I change the world?"
The following post explores what self-responsility might mean, and how we can embrace it individually and on the collective level.
Self: our individual being/unit. Response-able: our ability to respond to stimulous or crisis. This - our individual ability to respond to stimulous/crisis - is foundational to being human.
A recent conversation I had with my father helps to illustrate how I approach this topic. He advised me to be diligently conscious with my health because I don’t have private health insurance (in a country increasingly reliant on such). In short my lack of private health insurance is a lifestyle choice, because (a) I'm not sure I believe in the insurance industry, and (b) I'd rather save my income myself and dish it out for emergencies on an as-needed basis. My father's advise was offered in a loving yet cautionary sense, wanting me to avoid health challenges because of my current lifestyle choices.
My response to him was an emphatic YES, I TOTALLY AGREE - stay healthy and stay out of hospital and away from the doctor. This agreement came from a place less concerned about my capability to access health services, and more from a place of choice to take responsibility for my health and vitality. And I see this extending to the psycho-emotional health, just as much as it's application to physical health.
See, I’m not inspired to live with disregard of the consequences of my actions; especially when one's health is the primary topic. Relying on a system (in this case, the health system) to clean up my 'mess' (inherited or self-caused) isn’t a personal aspiration and it certainly ain’t sexy when I see it in others.
The primary tension I have with relying on a system to clean up one's mess is primarily that it seems to waste of creative potential. By not having the security of a surefire bail-out when the going gets tough, one is encouraged, and compelled, to be impeccable with their actions.
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