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Take some responsibility

  • Published at 12:02 am August 10th, 2016
Take some responsibility

We are responsible for each and every action we take, no matter the outcome. Usually, we tend to take responsibility for our positive actions and try to blame others for the negative ones. More or less, that is human nature.

I can speak for myself, and admit I have the same tendency. But the more we take responsibilities for our actions, the more we get to correct our mistakes, and it helps us grow. Being responsible for our actions, whether right or wrong, shows our level of maturity.   

We are always blaming others for traffic jams, accidents, and vandalism -- but we forget that sometimes we are causing them. When there is a foot overpass close by and we are not using it, rather carelessly crossing the busy street, it might cause an accident, and then there is no way we can blame others for it. In a situation like this, we are not causing problems only for ourselves, but also for people around us.

We need to think about the consequences of our actions. A small mistake can be life-changing in a split second, for example, it is very unsafe for three people to ride on a motorcycle that too without helmets.

The authorities can make rules and implement it, but if people don’t follow set rules and cause accidents, then they should take responsibility for it.

As citizens of this country, we have a major role to play. It is to follow and respect the rules, regulations, law and order, and to keep the country clean and safe. After all, rules are made to benefit us and keep us safe.

Mahatma Gandhi said: “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and the soul of its people.” In my close observation of Bangladesh, I’ve witnessed that we have a tendency to break the law and look for a shortcut, so we build a culture of breaking the laws, and letting people off unpunished.

We need to set examples for the next generation. The government cannot always take initiatives, and as citizens of this country, we also have to come forward to take on leadership roles

As a nation we are very impatient. We don’t want to wait in line, we tend to take the wrong lane on roads and cause accidents, and we want results without putting in any effort.

We forget that results without effort cannot be sustained for very long. We have a tendency to work for quick results, but not to attain knowledge, value, and quality.

We need results which can be sustained for the long term, and that requires extra effort and hard work, which most people are not willing to put in. People who are giving extra effort will stand out and become extraordinary achievers.

Let’s learn to take responsibility for all our actions. It is not easy, but it is very much possible.

If our action brings a negative result, let’s admit our mistake and learn from it. Admitting our mistakes makes us better people -- there is no shame in saying sorry for mistakes made.

We need to promote a culture where people take responsibility for their own mistakes. If the promotion comes from political and business leaders, then it will set an example for the whole nation.

Everyone will be more responsible, and will make fewer mistakes, which, in effect, can reduce accidents, crime, and corruption.

We make mistakes because we are only human, but we should learn to take responsibility for all our actions.

We all want to be better people and build a better nation that we can take pride in. When we start taking responsibility for our actions, our behaviour will be more positive, and we will get immediate benefits.

The initiative by the two city corporations in Dhaka of placing trash cans throughout the city to keep the city clean is a good approach by the mayors.

Our responsibility is to utilise these trash cans and not litter, and the city corporations’ responsibility is to clean the trash cans on time. When both parties fulfill their responsibilities, we will all get to see a cleaner Dhaka that we can enjoy, and leave to the next generation.

We need to set examples for the next generation. The government cannot always take initiatives, and as citizens of this country, we also have to come forward to take on leadership roles.

There is a saying: “When you point a finger at someone, there are four fingers pointing back at you.” So when we are pointing a finger at the authorities, we forget that we have some responsibilities too.

We always have to ask ourselves if we are fulfilling our share of the responsibilities. We need to remember that it is a two- way street.

Let’s dream for a better nation, and a better future, and work to fulfill that dream.

Abdul Baten is an Assistant Professor of School of Business in University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB).