Monday, October 24, 2011
Responsibility Character Counts Part 4 "Sister Wives"
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Love always involves responsibility
Character Counts Part 4
Continuing on with our character series, we come to the 3rd pillar of character, Responsibility. When we are responsible we own our choices and their consequences; we are accountable for what we do and who we are. Freedom to make meaningful choices and responsibility are linked. We have to have real freedom to make real choices in order to have true responsibility for those free choices. Can we hold Christine responsible for the consequences of fleeing Utah at the drop of a hat if she did not want to go and tried to express her opinions, but was prevented from, or intimidated from, doing so? It is a complex question but one thing is certain, we can hold people responsible for taking free choice away from others.
So what is responsibility if it is so complex? It involves freedom to be responsible, accountability, pursuit of excellence, and self-discipline. A responsible person assumes accountability for their actions and does not try to shift blame to someone else, such as blaming others for feeling betrayed about a change in faith. Sure, we all think Kody’s friend Ken is a bit over-the-top, but Kody is accountable for the way he told Ken about his change in religion and how he handled the strain on their friendship (and yes, Ken is accountable for his own actions, too). Responsible people are also accountable for their financial decisions – ‘nuff said.
Responsible people are always trying to improve themselves when it is important to do so; for example, to improve their money management skills. They are diligent and they persevere in continually trying to improve the skills that they need in work and in life. HINT HINT HINT.
Responsible people also exercise self-discipline and self control, foregoing such things as the big house they “deserve” when they clearly cannot afford it for the sake of their long term well being. Again HINT HINT HINT.
Speaking of responsibility, check this out! Poor kid!
(Source: The Josephson Institute)