“Personal Responsibility” is a myth.

MONEY

The notion of personal responsibility is flawed in many respects but especially for limiting the spread of Covid because it assumes that, firstly, everyone will cooperate in the same way, and, secondly, that everyone will have the same standard and idea of personal responsibility. While we can share videos of anti-maskers freaking out in shops and shame people for not practicing social distancing, it is the second assumption that is the most dangerous.

Why are we convinced everyone is on the same level?

SHIFTING BLAME

You may have gathered from previous articles I am not a fan of Leo Varadkar or Fine Gael (or Fianna Fail (or Labour (or the Greens (honestly I’m just slowly turning into a bitter anarchist)))). I will argue this is not without reason. In my previous article, I talked about how Tánaiste Varadkar is an opportunist and neo-Liberalist high on the fumes of his own hashtag-hustle pathos.

Sorry for the length, but trust me, I left a lot out.

We can not blame the government for the first wave and the first lockdown. It was the right thing to do. But like a broke clock that is right twice a day, wise decisions seem few for this government. And while many have been speculating for a while that second waves are natural, you can’t argue that the surge in cases can’t be blamed on the government for their zealous obsession with the economy over human lives.

Yes, we can practise personal responsibility to ensure we don’t contribute to spreading the virus, which is a hell of a lot more than we can say for our own government.

SCALE

In 2008, there were people who did everything right. They saved money, invested, worked hard, paid taxes, and were good people. These same people became homeless and lost everything after the global crash of that year, the effects of which many, including myself, are still feeling to this day.

We must lead by example, but also ensure it’s mimicked.

IT IS A MYTH

To declare that it is on us as individuals to practise personal responsibility is a good start, but it is not a complete solution. We must acknowledge that we react to external forces. It is not a self-imposed victimisation to say that money is a factor in how well we act, or to say the government must take responsibility, or to say that the world must act together, sharing information, recommendations, and advancements. If anything, it the perfect example of taking responsibility an individual can do; to reason what may stop them, to hold people accountable to their duties, and to expect more from the world that we are a part of.

It’s my problem, it’s your problem, but most importantly it’s OUR problem. We can’t afford not to come together.

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