What is personal responsibility? It is a constant check-up in all areas of life on how we behave and act and what consequences our actions bring to the world. The world means our friends, family, and everything that surrounds us. One fascinating short story written by Ray Bradbury, A Sound Of Thunder, shows how a small event can change history.
This story is fiction. However, Ray Bradbury was close to the truth in many of his short stories. He touches our minds magically and inspires us to think and dream wider.
Okay, back to real life. When we search for services, items, or products, we look and hope for the best. The quality assures us that we will get the best thing when we look for it. However, my favorite car, Honda, suffered from dishonest part provider Takata. Honda cars are great and efficient, but this detail, as defective airbags from the manufacturer Takata turned lives upside down for people who trusted the brand.
Takata installed more than 1 million airbags into Honda and Acura cars. They caused eleven fatalities in the USA.
How did it happen? Takata went using a cheap way. The manufacturer used the same material that caused the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. It was ammonium nitrate. Usually, chemical tetrazole used by other manufacturers is safe. The ammonium nitrate works oppositely. It can become unstable, especially when it is exposed to moisture.
The cheap manufacturing way costs lives. Besides it, Takata knew about an explosion in 2004, but they assured Honda that it was an anomaly. Takata started testing airbags and found out that two of them picked from junkyards malfunctioned. Despite this fact, the manufacturer told technicians to wipe all data from computers.
This failure cost one billion dollars to airbag manufacturer Takata.
This gruesome example shows how we need to be careful and use a conventional sense. Unfortunately, in this case, when Honda sent letters about recalls and the ability to fix the problem, customers were slow to react to the news.
What Is The Point?
Most of us are not conscious enough to differentiate truth from falsehood. Most of us follow instincts that are right in the wilderness but here, living in the 21 Century, we could expand awareness.
You would ask, who cares? I care, but you do not know me. However, your family or friends would worry about you if you react instinctively without thinking.
Plenty of us listens to neighbors or friends. It is nice to chat. However, when we choose our goals or at least that kind of computer to buy, it is better to select professionals. Besides, choosing from a few options would get a better outcome.
There are plenty of individuals who look for positive examples or authoritative persons. Unfortunately, they could be hidden under masks. Camouflage works when we want to protect ourselves from enemies in nature. Here, we can be fooled by false images, statements, and plays in the real world.
In this Honda example, I want to point out that everybody can make mistakes. However, how you behave facing difficulties shows your real character. Honda recognized errors and acknowledged them. Takata wanted to avoid personal responsibility.
Honda recognized that their partner Takata had done the wrong thing. Unfortunately, the airbag manufacturer dived into the bushes. Was he scared? I have in mind the head of the company. Who knows? It is a horrible situation, but what you can do? You need to fix the problem, pay for mistakes, and move on.
The chain of consequences moves further, harming many people. You can see this pattern in many areas of life.
Health and the quality of life is a priorities for me. I suppose it must be for everyone. However, plenty of us slow down and lose the spark and energy to change circumstances.
Why Does It Happen?
I heard from my friend one sentence which confused me. She told us that we would leave everything the same way as we found it. She talked about the time when we ascended to haven. I want to go there, but you never know how everything will turn out, do you?
In her words, we do not even need to try to change something. I did not want to go into endless discussions, but I found out that she was not alone in this type of opinion. Plenty of people think, who cares, so what?
It is good to think in the way when you know that behave or perform reasonably for you. You do not care what others think. You know what? It is not harmful, and it can work for you or others.
Steven Jobs once said that people do not know what they want. He needs to tell and show them what is right. His strategy worked. Now we have fascinating devices.
First, when I read about it, I thought about how he is rude and disrespectful. Now I see that sometimes we need the push or potent reminder about our limited understanding. It does not mean that we are stupid.
It means that we do not think, and we do not use the brain properly. Earl Nightingale, the famous broadcaster and writer, said that most people are like caterpillars going rounds without questioning and understanding what is going on.
What Is The Point?
Clumsiness the lack of responsibility lead us to the straight path to misery, problems, and regrets.
You know that the lack of will and power will equip you with additional pounds and harmful habits. You will be restricted to exciting and more active friends. You will get a job where the money is scarce. Okay, maybe I paint a gloomy picture but leaving important decisions to others and not thinking for ourselves creates the path to nothing.
What Does It Mean?
It means that we have the right to be unhappy or mad at somebody. However, it does not change anything. Of course, there are plenty of nuts who complain about how the world is unfair to them, that nobody loves them, etc. Later on, they go on the rampage destroying innocent people’s lives.
Accepting personal responsibility for actions is a sign of strong character. Not everybody has it. Maybe it is why people choose to complain about doing something to change what they do not like.
How do you deal with problems? Are you afraid and hide under bushes? There is nothing wrong with being scared that you need to face reality later. The world will not change according to you. You can bend yourself and find positive ways in everything, even in the wrong things.