Do you think we should take more responsibility for our own lives?

February 10, 2007 4:37pm CST
With the government, health service and religion taking care of us, there is no motivation for us to do things for ourselves. I think this is the reason for bad attitudes in the world and people not striving hard to achieve things, or even caring about what happens in the world around them. What do you think?
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
10 Feb 07
Do I think that most people are a little sheltered, and that we lack depth as a society, yes. Do I think it's because we're being taken care of too much? No. I don't know about you, but government, health service, and religion are doing pretty much nil for me right now. I have no health coverage. I can't afford to get my wisdom teeth pulled (and they are paining me a lot), I can't afford to get new glasses, and I can barely see well enough to drive. I can't afford to get my annual exam, even though I have some serious concerns about my health. I don't feel very well taken care of at all.
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10 Feb 07
Its different here in the UK as the health service is free so you could get most of that stuff done over here without having to pay.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
11 Feb 07
Yeah, there are a lot of countries in the world that take much better care of their citizens than the U.S.A. I'm seriously considering moving to one of those countries to raise my children.
@cerium (691)
10 Feb 07
I am not really sure what do you mean by responsibilities. The world needs order, and if everyone made things his own way, it will be a mess. What made the world a lot worse is our bad choice of leaders. Also, I don't really think that religion is an issue here, unless you are talking about extremists.
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10 Feb 07
What I'm talking about is people letting other people tell them what to do and how to lead their lives without questioning it. That is where religion comes in, it tells people how to think and what to do, and also offers them forgiveness for whatever they have done which means they don't have to behave well.
@cerium (691)
10 Feb 07
I'm not sure if it will be better if every one went his own way. Religion gives the advice, and you can follow it or not. It is the same as education. Also offering forgiveness doesn't mean that they can behave in a bad way. They will not fool God :)
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• United States
11 Feb 07
Yes. A lot of people depend on the government for EVERYTHING. Some people really do honestly need it and they are fighting to even put food on the table. But a small amount of people are stealing your tax dollars because they are too lazy to do anything for themselves and live off of your hard-earned money.
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11 Feb 07
I am living off benefits at the moment, but I'm doing it because I want the best for my kids and at the moment I think me being home with them is the best. I therefore think that just because I'm claiming benefits doesn't mean I'm not taking responsibility for my life, I'm just using the benefits as they are available as I think they are the best option for me.
• Philippines
11 Feb 07
if that's how you feel, it is alright. it is not about what it brings to you but it is all about how it affects you and you deal with for how you react reflects your personality and behavior
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@AnnaB87 (761)
• United States
11 Feb 07
I think that the more responsibility that we have for our own lives the more we will appreciate the things we have. I also believe it helps us to not take things for granted. We do need to learn to do for ourselves, and to be able to help others as we can. I agree taht a lot of bad attitudes in the world are caused by people expecting something for nothing then getting mad when that does not happen. I think that if someone can they should encourage others to do good, and that they should also try to do better themselves each day. In other words I think we should care about each other and our world and all of us shoud try to make the world a better place.
• United States
11 Feb 07
It might be the reason why people abuse the system. They see they can get food and money for doing nothing. Also the government is trying to tell women what they can and can not do with their bodies. If we could control our own lives a little better then maybe things might be better.
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@the_vicar (1478)
• United States
11 Feb 07
I do take responsibility for myself and my family. Unfortunately there are many people who cannot and for various reasons. Some people have disabilities, others have been raised in households where they weren't taught the basics in grooming and conduct. Some people have large families who need a lot of attention. There are many more reasons, but sometimes society just has to take care of some people because they cannot take care of themselves.
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@limosonia1 (1559)
• United States
11 Feb 07
Yeah I agree. I think people should be more responsible about their actions. If more people did that then maybe there would be less laws popping up about all over the place on how to raise our children. How hard we need to work and everything else we should be doing. We need to start taking charge of our lives.
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@alpha1000 (237)
• Egypt
11 Feb 07
yes you are right to some extend,but this can not be applied in all the countries because every countery has its own democracy and the way to think,it also depends on the leader or the president's mind the goverment can not cover all the population needs so every one in the population sould be positive persone in his work in his life and in his dealing with others...this is our role and what we can do for ourselves about the health care,no one can do something for him self in this point,because the health has its own respect and sensitivity because it equalls the life of the persone but also it is important to be aware of some health conditions,diseases or first aid to be positive in helping others i cant talk about the religion because every one has his own religion
@arwenrey (316)
• Philippines
11 Feb 07
They say that we are a victim of our own choices meaning we are not to blame anyone for our misfortunes but of course with the exemptions of people who are born unfortunate. Regardless of the country we live in we have every opportunity to make our lives better as long as we are living even if we are born unfortunate we have every chance to make our lives better.
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• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
11 Feb 07
I think that sometimes we expect others to do many things for us...educate our kids, tell us what to eat....etc But there is a point of responsability that belongs only to us...if you're not responsible and have enough common sense, then you cannot expect the goverment to implement a amgical law to solve all your problems....people should care more about themselves instead of waiting for others to fix things for them from the oustide all the time.
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• Pakistan
11 Feb 07
Yes It is the call of the day that we depend n ourselves and take more responsibilities. We Are all depending on others and doing nothing by ourselves. Specially, For our problems we always blame eveyone other. The UN, The Governments , The Heads of the states and everyone. But we are not doing Our part. I had started a discussion about this Have a look on http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/743764.aspx
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@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
11 Feb 07
Most people will prioritize, in terms of changing the world that is, the little patch around them that immediately affects them or their nearest and dearest. This is human nature. I think that people in the west have a fairly ok standard of living and this can make them a little uncaring about what happens in the rest of the world, to be sure. Another problem is the media. Especially the Fox/CNN stuff. For some of us, this is our sole window on the international world - no wonder we are indifferent!
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
11 Feb 07
Yes the government, health services and religion do try to take care of us, it leaves us with not much motivation. It certainly is the reason for bad attitudes in the world, the people today are far too lazy and nothing to sink your teeth into to achieve more the people think why should I go and study and get myself into something else when I can sit down be lazy and be paid for doing nothing. I agree with you completely.
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@merkava (1225)
• Philippines
11 Feb 07
Do you think we should take more responsibility for our own lives? I think we should take FULL RESPONSIBILITY for our own lives. Health services and religion aren't always there. When you don't have any money health services can't help you. If you keep feeling alone in this world, religion can't save you. You must take everything on your own. No one knows you better than yourself.
@yanjiaren (9050)
11 Feb 07
well we should be taking more responsiblitly as world citizens..to be honest our govts are making a bit of a mess of things at the moment lol and they are just moving far too slow in rectifying previous calamities perpetrated by the former govts..it's a vicious cycle..we should all become more caring and less selfish towards are fellow citizens and the creatures of this planet..
@rosie_123 (6118)
10 Feb 07
Yes I definately agree with this. Of course it is good, that we have help for the disadvantaged in society, especially as far as health care in the UK is concerned, and obviously to help support childrem who are not old enough to help themselves, but I do think the "benefit culture" here in the UK, does not help people to help themselves. There is very little encouragement for people who cannot work due to famiy commitments for example, to work from home, or start their own business.
• China
11 Feb 07
Think we should take more responsibility for our own lives Actively strive for their efforts
• Pakistan
11 Feb 07
I totally agree with you. Nice job , you have selected a good topic. keep adding topics like this.
@shadifd (148)
• Syria
11 Feb 07
yes ithink that we should take more responsibility for our own lives, With the government,health service and religion taking care of us.