SerLeon, it's hard for me to gauge your response. Your use of text shorthand suggests (or at least gives me the impression) of a casual tone, a sort of mediocrity that feels like it's a "case closed" issue with you. Just an impression. Do you mean the responsibility to do the right thing, as best as you can figure it? Then I totally agree with you.
Danielle, thank you, too, for responding. Your closing sentence was a very reassuring close to your perspective.
I'm just trying to figure out, or argue against a little, I guess, that responsibility for it's own sake is NOT a virtue. Like - you're SUPPOSED to take on more balls to juggle.
Clean up your own mess? Yeah - I get that. Try your hardest before AND while asking for and hopefully getting some help? Absolutely. Being *expected* to solve the problem on your own and deal with it UNTIL IT IS FIXED - even if the solution never comes - and you're a less than or a nobody unless and until you can? So you slave at a problem doggedly - alas into infiniti and way past a death that would thus mark a very wasted life? No !@#$ way. That's where, in my opinion, some people get it very, VERY wrong.
Not as a burden *expected* as we grow or age. Not as a *punishment* for making an honest mistake. No way. But, as a value which suggests we should all do the very best we can, not just for ourselves and managing our own lives (financial, job, kids, property, living by a set of morals you REALLY believe in - in your gut, NOT at your convenience with a wink and a nod. You damned well turn in that wallet - even when no one is looking - that kind of thing. Pick up that whole-chicken-sized rock out of the middle of the street - even if it's the middle of the night and no one is there to applaud you for being simply decent.
Not as an expectation FROM society. But as a member of it who does the best he can, and in return gets a fair shake.