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Responsibility, the missing link to progress

Everybody talks about responsibility. Over and over again we hear "I am responsible" however there are no repercussions, it is just three lovely words that are in fact a "get out of jail free card".

OK my friends let's bust this subject wide open!
On my fourth attempt TED finally allowed this conversation I suspect because the people involved in Corporations have a largest impact on "responsibility" simply because of the size of the organizations. This is not about "organizations". This is about individuals who are serving within organizations and that is where the responsibility lies.

I believe this lack of responsibility at the core of every organization is the biggest problem the world has ever experienced and it is about time we looked at it. As long as the world continues to bury it head in the sand and ignore this chaos will prevail.

Just because we put on a different mask at work does not relieve us as individuals of responsibility no matter what our corrupt laws may say.
"Man’s law is not just, it is just law"- Keith W Henline
“Law is mind without reason”- Aristotle

Recent Examples of Political Responsibility Gone Wrong:
Governor Chris Christie (Fort Lee Traffic Scandal)
Ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Beghazi Scandal)
The American Solution (Wonderful.. Now they are Qualified to run for President)
It reminds me of the qualifications for getting into a gang or the Mafia


Closing Statement from Keith W Henline

Responsibility of course is personal thing which spills over into every other aspect of our lives. Family, friends, business, religion, work and play all are effected by our ability to be responsible. That responsibility flows from the individual all the way to top of our government and back again. We love to point fingers at the government and shift the blame to anywhere else beside ourselves but that dog won't hunt, that excuse won't fly. I wrote this years ago and I think it is still the bottom line:

"The Law of supply and demand, you control it and no government, politician, corporation or military can break it. This law is the only viable solution to all the world's problems and it is totally up to you! If you want more pollution, crime poverty and injustice, keep buying what they are selling. If you want change, simply change your buying habits. It is that simple!"- Keith W Henline

It must start with you! "Be the change that you want to see in the world"- Mahatma Gandhi

Thank you one and all for your inspiring challenges and participation.

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    Dec 27 2013: Perhaps adding the word professional in front might help - ie: as in "professional responsibility".
    The notion of being a 'professional" (historically at least) brings with it the notion of "service to the community" coupled with certain innate standards of "professional ethics" in whatever field you work (traditionally, Law, Medicine, the Church, Engineering - and then broadened out endlessly since).

    The trouble is that people who work in the above disciplines are no longer 'sole traders' (as in the family lawyer, the family doctor) but part of large corporations who see their responsibility, even their professional-ethical responsibility, as primarily to the share-holders, as per the capitalist model. Additionally, the general culture of organisations that has developed over the last 20 years or so is that of "managerialism" (ie: after keeping the shareholders satisfied, our next duty is to our own pockets); and thereby the notion of "public service" as the main realm for responsible action is pushed down further out of the picture. The treatment of "whistle-blowers" who you could argue were trying to act professionally-ethically-responsibly will bear all this out.

    So a re-invention of the notion of "professionalism" (with its code of ethics) may help a little.
    Beyond that I can only suggest - as I did with my kids - that with every extra "right" they had as they grew up, a responsibility came with it - to try an inculcate the idea that rights (more power) & responsibilities (service to others) need to be kept in balance.

    However, we also live in larger sweep of history, an historical era of rising greed and declining restraint in all areas of public life, not just business and politics.
    So taking a lead from Buckminster Fuller, I would suggest we support those people who are trying to grow new ways of doing things that make the old ways redundant and irrelevant - rather than attempt to fight or change the system head on.
    • Dec 28 2013: "If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference."- R. Buckminster Fuller
      You are so right Joshua, Bucky was right on the money and I am simply repeating the same lesson over and over until we "get it". As Bucky and Gandhi both said it is up to everyone of us to be the change we want to see in the world. To teach by example. Here is some more wisdom by Bucky:
      "We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody."-
      R. Buckminster Fuller
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        Dec 28 2013: I agree. I think the founder of the Ba'hai religion might have read Bucky too - since their guiding motto/strapline/diktat is: "One World, One People"
        • Dec 28 2013: Oh yes, Bahá’u’lláh was a very wise man. They believe and he claimed to be the return of Christ in another body. I particularly liked his exit, he was killed by firing squad but the second time. The first time they fired he disappeared, they found him back in his cell with eight of his transcribers hard at work putting the finishing touch on some of his writings and books. His son `Abdu'l-Bahá and then Shoghi Effendi carried on his work. Today their are over 5 million Ba'hais spread all over the world including my family at one time. I used to have a tee shirt with "Wage Peace" another slogan of the Ba'hais.

          Allah‘u’Abhá Joshua

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