I'm basing my question on the premise that the word "obligation" is uncomfortable to use in modern day society. That assumption may be wrong. However, if it is right, what would happen if we tried to bring it back? When I was a junior in high school, the American Legion sponsored an essay contest which I won. It was called "What are my obligations as a citizen?" Obligations of paying taxes, obligation to our parents, to our spouses, our friends have seemed to have shifted into the realm of it's"nice to be nice", but we have no obligation to do so. What do you think?
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Give an example, if you will. Your answer is "general."
Maven,Thank you for your comment. Love Gibran! I guess I didn't want to go the "progressive universe" route since I consider myself a progressive with a capital " P".Maybe I'm just sensitive b/c I feel Progressives have great moral integrity.
Shame and (stigmas) are rapidly disappearing from society on many levels. However terms like "fat shaming" are in vogue and several "double standards" continue to exist. Being able to choose one's own thoughts and way to live is real freedom.
And there it is! What I wanted for my essay - the lack of the feeling of OBLIGATION to pay taxes as members of society. We have to be FORCED to pay them rather than feel it's our obligation. This translates to other areas of obligation