We are responsible for our own actions. We are not responsible for the actions of others. This does not include leaders with their followers or parents with their children. However, on a social level this applies.
Since we are not responsible for the actions of others. We have no right to impose our thoughts, opinions, or beliefs onto others. If we want to make a statement of how one should live, then we should personify our thoughts, opinions, and beliefs through our actions. People are drawn to positivity. We adapt positive habits into our lives all the time. We naturally want to be “good”.
Fault should never be placed on us if we did not commit the accusation. Likewise, we should never take credit for things we did not do. We are responsible for our own actions. Right is right, and wrong is wrong. If we cannot see the difference we should consult a 4 year old child. They have a firm grasp on this concept. This is partly due to the fact that most of them, at this age, do not justify everything they do. It isn’t until we are asked why we did what we did that we learn to justify our actions. Having others explain their actions to us teaches them that we will accept a reasonable excuse. This teaching allows for the grey area. The more grey that is allowed, the less things are black and white. I am not condemning grey areas. I am, however, stating that it does need to be monitored. Our actions define our thoughts, opinions, and beliefs. This is why it is important for us to understand why we are responsible for our own actions.
Taking responsibility for our actions is a dying tradition. It is an old teaching. Today we are looking for the next scapegoat to carry the guilt of our actions. We are taught to stab our way to the top. If we cannot see the folly in this practice, then we need to reassess our priorities. 🙂