Saturday, August 8, 2009

Not Responsible!

Folks, how about you simply stand up and admit when you are at fault? How about you then take all necessary steps to make things right? This is the only way for us to move forward as a civilization, to grow and mature to the level that we humans should naturally strive to reach. Too many people believe that no matter what chaos, pain, damage, or ruin they cause, they should be immune from penalty or rebuke. Taking personal responsibility for our mistakes, being held accountable for circumstances that we caused, whether intentionally or unintentionally, is such a rare occurrence these days, that we are totally shocked and awed when someone actually does the right thing. A prime example of my point today occurred back in 1989 when the Exxon oil tanker Valdez hit a reef and spilled more than 10 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine waters of Prince William's Sound. The evidence showed that the company was at fault for destroying an entire ecosystem in what is considered the largest ecological disaster in the history of the United States. Instead of stepping up and taking responsibility when quick action was essential to minimize damage to the area, the company tried to distance itself from their mistake. They only provided funds to help with the clean up after a lengthy period of litigation. Their behavior was the epitome of conceit, evasion, dishonesty, lack of morals, and irresponsibility. Today's rant came to me as I was following behind a dump truck. Painted on the tail gate in big letters was the statement "Not responsible for damage caused by items ejected from this truck". Well I guess it must be the case because they painted such nice letters on their vehicle. Man, people need to step up and assume responsibility for the problems that they cause.