Individual responsibility sometimes also known as personal responsibility is a very significant virtue of life since it helps make the entire world a better place as well as provide some sense of empowerment to everyone.
Individuals do have a responsibility to assist other people who may need their help. It is all about being responsible in one’s action that may affect other people who are out of one’s family or immediate circle. Analysts have argued that those classified as immediate circle include friends and family members. Moreover, critics have also reasoned that individual responsibility may include the engagement of each individual towards those around him or her as well as engagement towards the community the person lives. It also means the inherent interest an individual has towards the happenings in the community as well as the individual’s active participation towards solving the local problems of the community. Within the community, we are able to understand our small village, town or the big city where each and every one of us lives. This implies that other people are our neighbours and we are obligated to help them as required by the natural unwritten law of coexistence. It is worth to note that each and every community lives a life of its own and therefore undergoes a continual process of development with time. The implication is that every individual within the community may take part in this development generally in different ways. For instance, the individual can participate in this development by cleaning the streets so that every other person in the neighbourhood can walk on a clean street; by giving social services to elderly people or orphans or by taking part in events aimed at improving the general living standards of the community. In many quotes, individual responsibility has been demonstrated through donations of food or money to those in dire needs.
Today, some people do believe that we need to start taking personal responsibility about helping others while some critics believe that no one is obligated to help any other person. For those who hold the belief of helping others, they do argue that it is ethical to do so. Moreover, the proponent of this argument that it is the duty of an individual to save the lives of another person, including strangers for the cost in most of the times is relatively little. They also argue that “giving to charity” where poverty is concerned is neither generous nor charitable but a duty. Therefore, not giving is ethically wrong. Those who oppose the notion of helping others have always held the opinion that the act of helping lead to laziness and unproductivity that escalates poverty in most communities.
In as much as giving is important in the community as has been discussed in paragraph one, it also has its disadvantage as illustrated in paragraph two. Every person would want to give as part of social responsibility and also because the ethical principle requires one to do so. However, the repercussions of giving sometimes negate the noble act of helping others. This is because people tend to be overly reliant and dependent on others who are hardworking. The implication is that the society may ultimately end up with a few individuals who are productive with a majority being unproductive. This may form an avenue of increased poverty in the society and the world at large. On the contrary, give for noble reasons like helping the sick, feeding the famine-stricken community or helping those struck by natural calamities like earthquakes or floods are very much in order.
Personally, the time that I needed help but didn’t get it was when I was looking for a job. I had no one to provide for me since I had just gone through college under a government scholarship. My parents passed on when I was still in college and by the time I was getting out of college I had no one to count on. My first and foremost priority was to look for a job to take care of myself. The jobs were rare to come by. This was compounded by the fact that my uncle who had accommodated me threw me out of his house. I became a vagabond and slept on the street. I had no food and could not find clothes to wear even as I work in the morning to search for a job. People were scared of me and thought that I was a homeless mad person. This hurt me so much. I started collecting and selling used plastics to recycling companies. This enabled me to get some capital to start my grocery business that I am running today as a sole proprietor.
As discussed in this essay, every community lives a life of its own and therefore undergoes a continual process of development with time. The implication is that every individual within the community may take part in this development generally in different ways. Therefore, there is no harm in helping another person so that everyone can contribute positively to the development of the community. This may go a long way in affirming the individual responsibility which is a very significant virtue of life since it helps make the entire world a better place as well as provide some sense of empowerment.