In the last year I have been struck by my ways of thinking around personal responsibility. Before this last year or so, I would have said I thought it was important, but I was not as aware of how deeply this is ingrained into my fiber.
I am not sure I decided to value responsibility from the get go; to me it feels like it has always been there as a guiding principle. Probably thanks to some combination of my family, culture, genetic predisposition and a multitude of other factors, "I came by it honestly." It has had its upsides like never not turning in an assignment, (like - for real) and it has had its brutal sides like the gut punch of shame I have felt too many times when I do something human, but feels so very sub-human, (like - well - you name it).
So, I have been in this process of observing my "shoulds" and "oughts" around my own and other's responsibility. And while I am still processing where that fits in my philosophical and theological paradigm, (which is probably somewhere in the existentialismish realm), I am happy to say that I am feeling much more responsible in my thinking and relating around personal responsiblity. Sigh.