Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 6:38:04 PM
You shouldn’t trust someone with something that is ultimately your own responsibility. In today’s society, projection of blame and continual displacement of responsibility are leading to a generation of youth who can’t make their own decisions because all their lives they’ve been taught that someone else is responsible.
On the whole, people are relinquishing their authority and control over their own lives and charging it to someone else. Fast food restaurants are changing their menus so we won’t subject ourselves to “unhealthy” choices, the FDA is changing the warnings on cigarettes, states are banning the use of tanning beds for minors. Arguably, these things are done to “protect”. However, continual legislation brought about for our “safety” is the biggest detriment to that safety as it removes any investment on a personal level. The inherent concept of human nature is the ability to act within the confines [or lack thereof] of freewill. We are each created with an inherent nature; with that nature comes the ability to take action, or refrain from action, as we see it fitting our overall safety. But, in today’s society, there are so many measures in place to ensure our safety that many people have forgotten the ultimate truth : you are responsible.
At a young age, one does not fully possess the faculties necessary to make large decisions. When you’re young, cognitive abilities revolve around personal satisfaction and gratification. This is why, during early stages of development and into young adulthood it is acceptable for the responsibility of safety to be placed in someone else’s hands—parents, teachers, authoritative figures. When one reaches a certain age, the limitations of those previously responsible are greatly increased.
I don’t really trust anyone with my safety, outside of myself. Certainly, other institutions have measures in place to help ensure this safety, but those only extend so far as you act within their wishes. Once I act outside of the limits placed on me by my parents, my safety is in my own possession—the same with schools and the government. My safety is of the highest importance to me, and only me. Certainly, the police would come to my assistance if I was accosted and beaten in an alley-way in the middle of a city at three in the morning. But, knowing this, does it mean that I can sit and wait in said alley-way, then charge the police with the brunt of the crime when it meets me? No. While others have roles in your safety, the largest possession belongs to you. You can trust someone—your parents, your school, the government—to assist you in maintaining your safety, but you should not impart with them the whole of that trust, that responsibility. Many times, the only person responsible for the things that happen to you is you alone. Why would you trust someone to keep you safe when it’s generally your own actions which create any divergences from this safety?