November 7, 2018
“We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his or her own actions.”
- Ronald Reagan
As I write this column, we are nearing the end of one of the most contentious elections in our nation’s history. I do not yet know the outcome of the election, and yet people on both sides are already threatening what they will do to the other if the outcome is in their favor.
What have we become as a nation when we are constantly looking to blame others for all that is wrong with our lives? Life is full of choices and opportunities to “do the right thing,” or “make your life better” or even to “help one another.” Personal responsibility is defined as a person’s “response-ability,” that is, the ability of a person to maturely respond to the various challenges and circumstances of life. Personal responsibility is the character that one brings to the challenges and circumstances of life. When personal responsibility is lacking, a person becomes a victim of circumstances, at the effect of life and not able to consciously and purposefully choose his or her own thoughts, feelings, and actions. Victims typically identify themselves based upon attributes of powerlessness, dependency, entitlement, apathy, worry, fear, self-doubt, and the like. The victim lives at the effect of what happens around them and has little personal responsibility to, in response to the challenges of life, choose and direct one’s own life direction and destiny.
We must look upon the results of this election and accept personal responsibility for the outcome, whether we voted or not, whether we contributed to a campaign or not and whether we participated fully in the election process or not. We are not victims, neither Democrat nor Republican! We are Americans. As a group we control our destiny, and we cannot take for granted that all things will be fine and that we don’t need to get involved. The old saying of “If you didn’t vote, you have no right to complain” is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago and even 229 years ago at our country’s founding.
Be involved, be active, and for your own sake and the sake of America, BE REPSONSIBLE!
General Manager, Destin Commons
2018 Destin Chamber Chairman of the Board