It’s my right!
So many people today talk about “their rights” and how they should be treated. Human rights are very important and should never be trivialised. However many today seem to have the view that everything is “their right” even when it is to the detriment of others.
Here in the UK smoking bans have been imposed in bars, the workplace (which includes motor vehicles) and other areas. Smokers cried out that their right to smoke was being taken away. These people gave little thought to the rights of those whose lungs were being polluted. I heard it once said that “your right to smoke ends where my lungs begin”.
How about – It’s my responsibility?
With all this talk of rights, I would like to turn this around and ask this question. “What are your responsibilities?”
The world would be a far better place if people rather than thinking about what they can do in a selfish way gave more thought to what they can be responsible for. There is no doubt that many road accidents are caused by people who have the view “it’s my right” rather than “it’s my responsibility”.
I am sure like me you have also come across those people who are managers that fail to take responsibility when things go wrong. It’s never their fault. They are quick to claim credit when things go well but where are they when trouble is on the horizon? If want to be a real manager then “man up” and take responsibility for what you do. It may be uncomfortable at times but you will gain the respect and trust of all those around you.
Politicians are experts at passing the buck and seem to thrive on the blame game. Look at their reputations! If only they took their responsibility seriously most people would have a very different view of them.
Next time you’re tempted to think “It’s my right” – stop – change it to “what is my responsibility?”
What do you think about rights and responsibilities? Please leave a comment in the box below.