Recently the question has been framed in a this-versus-that-format. I wonder whether we are using the right framework or whether we are asking the right question. Should it be:
Personal responsibility versus government responsibility, or;
Personal responsibility AND government responsibility
Are we asking the right question?
What are we looking for?
Sure we can assign blame to government, WHAT NEXT?
Government will change itself because WE blamed it? Surely we jest not?
We have been doing this for such a long time, BLAMING the government, what have we got to show for it?
More of the same.
After which since it will be more of the same even if WE blame government then things will not change – status quo – stagnating in a cesspool of all corruption and irresponsibility.
And therefore, you have resigned yourself to the fact that we will just have to wait and take things as they are because it is hopeless since after assigning BLAME to government, government still continuous on being irresponsible.
Shouldn’t we then stop, take stock, and re-evaluate the entire proposition.
What follows after assigning blame? WHO has the power to change government so that there will be less BLAMING to do?
Personal Responsibility Is Not About Assigning Blame
It will NEVER change until WE hold the government accountable. Holding the government accountable (in contrast to BLAMING which just well.. BLAMES) means taking personal responsibility to create the conditions that will change government and make it more responsive and representative of the summa total of our individual aspirations.
Personal responsibility is not just about about assigning BLAME to US, as individuals. Personal responsibility is an exhortation to US as individuals, it is about taking OWNERSHIP of the responsibility to do everything we can to make CHANGE happen.
Change can come in the form of following laws if we were previously lawless, or in the context of the coming elections – to make informed choices and select a leader who in our convictions has the best chances of creating the conditions that enable our prosperity as a nation.
Selecting a good leader is not the end-result but just the beginning of building, defining, and acting on a consensus on a path towards prosperity. When these conditions are created, it is now left to us, the Filipino people, to take the initiative to grab the opportunities made available, to become productive, and to bring about prosperity not just for ourselves – but in the long run as our operations expand, our communities, our country.
In closing, allow me to read from the US Declaration of Independence – the root from which arise the modern day republican forms of government.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. —
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”