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“There are at least THREE DEFINITIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY, each of which have a lot to do with creating or preventing workable solutions.
RESPONSIBILITY DEFINITION ONE: THE ORIGIN POINT OF AN IDEA, ACTION OR OBJECT.
It is easy to see that if Dorothy had taken more responsibility for the actions of her dog, Toto, she could have avoided getting into trouble with Miss Gulch. Although Dorothy’s dog is the origin point of the trouble with Miss Gulch, Dorothy was not willing to take responsibility for it.
Example: Scientists build atomic bombs and genetically engineered diseases capable of killing all life forms on the planet. The scientists place the responsibility for their actions on the government who hired them to do it. Members of the government pass the buck back and forth between themselves. The individual voters and citizens of the country take no responsibility for the government. No one is identified as the origin point of the bombs or the biological warfare weapons, so these weapons continue to be a threat to survival to every being on Earth.
The origin point of bombs and biological warfare weapons are the scientists who make them. Scientists build bombs, not politicians. If the scientists refused to build the bombs, there would be no bombs. Without such weapons, psychotic politicians would have to resort to killing people with their own bare hands.
RESPONSIBILITY DEFINITION TWO: THERE IS A BEING OR GROUP OF BEINGS WHO ARE THE CAUSE OF EVERY ACTION, PHENOMENON OR EVENT.
The concept of responsibility is not one of assigning blame. It is simply the concept that the being who causes an action, phenomenon or event is the owner of his causation. Once a correct cause is found, the mystery or problem is solved and a workable solution can now be created.
Example: A man murders another man. He goes to court to stand trial for his crime. The court allows a psychiatrist to convince the jury that the murderer is not responsible for the murder (that is, HE did not cause the death) because he was “insane” or “mentally incompetent”. Based on such psychiatric “logic”, the criminal is set free to kill others. This is not a workable solution.
RESPONSIBILITY DEFINITION THREE: WORKABLE SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS CAN BE ACHIEVED WHEN WE ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM AND SOLUTION.
One can take over control of a situation and become the cause of it even if one is not the source of it. When one is willing to become cause and assume responsibility for solving mysteries and problems, workable solutions can be found.
Example: A man witnesses an automobile accident from across the street. He races to the scene and pulls the driver from the burning wreck just before the car explodes, saving the life of the driver. The man in this example has ASSUMED responsibility for the accident. He decided to BECOME cause for the life of the driver even though he was not the cause of the accident. His decision to become cause resulted in a workable solution.
Every problem or unworkable solution can be traced to:
1/ failure to locate the correct origin point of the problem
2/ failure to determine which being or beings are the cause of the problem
3/ failure to assume responsibility as cause for discovering or creating a workable solution.” ~ The Oz Factors, by Lawrence R. Spencer