2. Responsibility

  First Part

    By choosing the column on the left, you have shown me that you want to be responsible. You have hopes of preparing yourself for the future.

    Me, your friend the Computer, cannot be responsible. I am a machine that acts blindly. If I ever disappoint you, do not make me responsible for it. I am not conscious of my own acts. What I mean is that I cannot think about the decision I make nor am I free to choose or implement them.

    But you are! And because you are free and intelligent, you can progress in the virtue of “responsibility”.    You want to know why?

    First of all, I want to explain to you what responsibility is.

    A person is responsible when he or she assumes the consequences of their own acts; when that person responds to the decisions that were personally taken or those taken by others.

    Responsible is a person that compromises up until the last consequences from the decisions taken with their free will; by exercises free will, and thinking beforehand about what could be. It is about thinking before acting and adhering to what will happen. It is about responding your own acts.

  A. Answer the following statements: left, right, the computer, the human being, freely, blindly, free, slave, irresponsible, responsible.

 You are responsible if you have chosen the column on the

 It cannot be responsible

 The computer acts

 It is conscious of its own acts

 The human being is intelligent and

 It adheres to the consequences of its own acts

 It compromises with its own decisions

 Does not think beforehand about what could happen

  Second Part

    All of this can be summarized in the following words:
    “Think” before acting.
    “Anticipate” the consequences.
    “Choose” freely.
    “Compromise” with what was decided.
    Responsibility moderates the fluctuations of liberty. A responsible person decides by taking “duty” into account. Irresponsibility, on the other hand, decides based on impulses of what it wants or dislikes. The first one uses the head; the second one the instincts.
    The responsible person responds to his or her acts. But to whom?
    To its own conscious; to parents, brothers, friends, colleagues; to professors; to authorities, to society; to God, if believer. It depends on each case.

  B. Answer the following statements: responsible, irresponsible.

 To think before acting is

 Not foreseeing the consequences of one’s own acts is

 To choose freely is

 To compromise with what was decided is

 Not responding to one’s own acts is

 Before deciding, to think about duty is

 To decide due to what one’s wants or dislikes

 The one that uses their head is

 The one that uses their instincts

 The one that responds to others and to God is

  Third Part

   You already have clear ideas. However, you want to educate yourself to be responsible?

    Exercise the following actions:

    * Think, before acting, about the consequences.
    * Consult the decisions to be taken with whom you must.
    * Ask the advice of competent people.
    * Fulfill orders and be accountable for them.
    * Do not blame others for what you have done wrong.
    * Be brave to acknowledge your failures to whom you must.
    * Rectify, immediately, the wrong doings.
    * Repair the damage that you have caused.

    Always act this way, and without noticing, you will progress in the virtue of Responsibility. It is a fundamental virtue in the personality of all men and women.

    An irresponsible person is the one that does not think, does not foresee, does not decide, does not compromise, and does not respond. This person can be all of that at the same time. What a pity!

    (A translation of Don Samuel Valero’s original work.)

  C. Answer the following statements: responsible, irresponsible.

 To think about the consequences before acting

 To consult the decision and ask for advice is

 To blame others for your wrong doings

 To be brave and recognize one’s own failures

 Not rectifying the wrong doings is

 To repair the damages that you have caused is

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