In the quest for better living conditions, we daily mount pressures on statutory bodies, organisations and the government. We make preposterous demands in the name of “making” them responsible. Even the things we should do for ourselves we toss over to them conveniently. Rather than addressing issues and becoming responsible for matters within our reach, we slide it across the table and add it to the forever stacked to-do list of someone else mostly because we know or assume that they have the resources to indulge our wants. When people whine about the inadequacies of others and the much more they think they deserve, I ask “What are you bringing to the table?”
Democracy has infantilised us and made us less responsible than we should be. We crave for change and development yet we do not want to be involved its rigorous process. We prefer to stand aloof and expect someone to pick up the slack. The truth is, if we continue in this tradition, we’ll forever be dreamers and wishful thinkers.
Change- development- transformation, whatever you call it, is all-encompassing. It is a communal affair, a collective business that can only be achieved and maintained when we all fulfill our responsibilities on the division of labour chart. We cannot sit at the receiving end and expect to be spoon-fed. No! However insignificant it may seem, we all must contribute our quota. Before we make our demands, let us answer these questions: Do we need it? What can we do individually to make it happen? When we get it, can we maintain and respect it? Can we be trusted to sustain it?
Being socially responsible begins with the individual and Kennedy’s quote seems to yell “You First!” Before you tell someone else to do it, you first! Let your Individual Social Responsibility accumulate like the little drops of water that makes the ocean. Take the lead before anyone else. You first!
I love you very much!