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Is Responsibility Scary?

Responsibility is a huge thing. Nowadays, people are stuck in handling so many responsibilities; social, moral, ethical, financial & communal that they often miss the personal responsibility they are made for.

Here, I am not going to technically explain responsibility which defines as a “concept expressed by the relational system of attribution in terms of an expectation of action or its result.”


In simple terms, “Responsibility is a concept of relation.” – Logician J M Bochenski

The other day I was talking to one of my friends and believe me, the whole conversation was on her ‘not-so-happening life’. She was extremely pressurised with so many responsibilities of her parents, siblings, work, career, Boss, present life, life after 5years, 10 years and so on. She was pissed off and I know the reason. I talked about personal responsibility in beginning, the responsibility which we often neglect in our lives. We need to take care of our very own self. I know we have got a lot of responsibilities, but all the responsibility starts when you fulfil your own personal responsibility. Once you achieved your personal responsibility, you will handle your other responsibilities in a light mood and in a happening & cheerful way. Hobbes states “Our nature is to seek power to satisfy our own desires”. Remember! The way you treat yourself would be exactly the same way you treat others. For Aristotle, the self-care is bound up with a natural desire to realise our own potential.

personal responsibility

Let’s turn to other human responsibilities. Kantian defines human responsibility in dignity and the highest virtue. He talks about universal moral responsibility. Our moral sense identifies the action of our as well as others as good or bad. Some philosophers believe that moral responsibility is inbound quality. Our moral behaviour tends to be parallel to cultural norms and beliefs. The common definition of moral responsibility is ‘ what everyone ought to do’. Our moral lives are preoccupied with the question of how to be virtuous over a course of life? “Our moral virtues depends on our motives”, as stated by Hume. Moral responsibility is an action committed and as a consequence, we are morally punished, praised, criticised or honoured for our action or inaction. The basic concern of ethics is deciding what is moral or immoral?

Moral responsibility, in my opinion, is to live with harmony, peace and love and engage in a constant process of uniting with other beings.


Responsibility comes from free will. It is a rationally accepted choice that we see around and adopt in our lifestyles. Responsibility has got other different attributions like Moral, legal, social, ethical and personal. Most philosophers believe in the fact that we are responsible for the choices we make. Sartre, Kirkegaard and other existentialist philosophers seem to discover some complexities surrounding human beings. It is we who are responsible for all the things happening to us. While the concepts of determinism are highly criticised, the general view accepted was to go with your own free state of mind and live a life of dignity and respect.

No matter where you are and what you do, the responsibilities counts and make a person we always desire to be. Select your responsibilities wisely and prioritise them. The topmost responsibility should be your personal responsibility, moral responsibility and the other unending lists of social, financial etc.

Author: Madhvi

A philosopher, Writer, Traveler, PhD Scholar, Vegan and pet-lover.

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