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Responsibility: What it Means and How to Live It

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Responsibility is a word that is so often misunderstood. We are told from a very young age to “be responsible,” “act responsible,” and “don’t be irresponsible.” What they do not teach us is what the word responsible really means.

No one really ever defines responsibility. No one sits down and explains what actions, words, or behaviors would be necessary to be “responsible.” Often what we are given is the feeling of what responsibility is based on behaviors that are deemed inappropriate by those giving the definition.

It feels, when you are young, as if responsible really means, “do as I requested you to do.” They often teach us that “when you become more responsible,” you can do ‘blank.’ But is that responsibility?

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