According to Wikipedia, there are various forms of responsibility. Responsibility assumption; collective responsibility; corporate social responsibility; corporate responsibility; diffusion of responsibility; media; ministerial; moral; professional; single responsibility principle; and social responsibility. There is even a Statue of Responsibility Foundation, which constructed the Statue of Responsibility monument in 2010.
A monument? Yes… a monument.However, don’t you think our responsibility needs to go to our family, our circle of friends, and beyond?
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, for example, was and still is considered one of our nation’s matriarchs. She was honored by the Women’s International Center for her strength, faith, and sacrifices, and for her dedication to motherhood. By giving so much to her children, she gave to all of us. Well-known for her philanthropic efforts, her life and work with the Special Olympics is documented in the Oscar-nominated short documentary Rose Kennedy: A Life to Remember. In this film, Rose Kennedy’s glory is defined by the true meaning of the word woman. Her support and guidance towards her husband and children helped shape 20th century politics. Interestingly enough, the root of her lessons consisted of the rich responsibility, which was her daily intent to living a purposeful life.
Today we have Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Buffett once commented, “I want to give my kids just enough so that they would feel that they could do anything, but not so much that they would feel like doing nothing.”
But… are we all too greedy?
Many agree to disagree with Dennis Miller and his dry humor; however, his stance on greed promotes a wow factor amongst us all. He once said in a speaking engagement, “selfishness is a topic that must be taken seriously if mankind is to cast off the animalistic legacy of his evolutionary past, and progress to a world in which our better angels are freed to share their glowing light with a peaceful world.”
Let’s go back in history one more time: During B.C. and right after the turning point for A.D., the focus on the poor and the rich’s responsibility for the poor was essential for the nation of Israel. The higher-power goal was always to alleviate hostility.
The Kennedy’s hopes, similar to Buffett’s desire for our nation, are to see past the most pampered, consumerist society since the Roman Empire. We know change can be facilitated by all whom are willing to make a difference. Material possessions may drive the owner’s lifespan; however, it’s everyone’s responsibility to provide our society a gift and contribution that will outlive a lifetime.
Are you willing to give the gift of responsibility, today? We encourage you to learn more about The Chelko Foundation, whom we support, or other foundations that have been tugging at your heart for quite some time. Oh and… it doesn't have to be a foundation. Think about your neighbor who can’t make her bills or your work colleague who doesn't have Thanksgiving Dinner planned. Responsibility can be found anywhere… Simply open your eyes, reflect in your mirror, and take action.