Literature – Individual Task

In our literature class, before starting to read the play “All my sons” by Arthur Miller, we had to answer some questions individually about responsibility. These are my answers about how responsibility affect your daily life as well as your future:

Questions:

  • How would you define a responsible person?
  • Are you a responsible person? Why or why not? Give examples of people you know in your personal life or in the public domain who are responsible. How do these individuals support your definition?
  • How does one learn to become a responsible person?
    Who are the “teachers” and where do we find them in our lives?
  • Is being responsible a character trait that you value a lot?
    Why or why not?
  • The Golden Rule is “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” What does this statement mean? Can you think of a situation in your own life in which you used this statement as the guiding principle for the action that you took? If “yes,” explain.

Answers:

  1. I define a responsible person as someone who makes an effort, works at his/her best and cares about the action that is performing. Moreover I think that person also will finish all the tasks that has pending. A responsible person is conscious about what is doing and has clear ideas in his/her head. This person, I believe, would be very organized as in order to achieve all the things I have previously mentioned. Finally, I think a responsible person would usually act according to the rules or limitations that he/she has.
  2. I think I am responsible but I don’t know if completely. I think that I do complete my tasks and try not to leave anything pending. I am a very organized, which is extremely helpful most of the times. I mostly do what I have to do in the time that is given for that action. However I don’t think I am always conscious of what I am doing or have clear ideas in my head. I think that a responsible person that I know in my personal life is my mother. She is always working on what she has to do and never leaves stuff pending. I see her as someone who has very clear thoughts in her mind, she always knows what she has/wants to do. Moreover, she is very organized and trustworthy. I would with no doubt trust her with work. 
  3. I think that learning how to be responsible is something that one learns to do by herself. Throughout your life you will have very opportunities in which being responsible is essential such as school and university. In this stages you learn that if you aren’t responsible your work wont turn out the way you wanted to. Moreover you will struggle with dates and handing out work. Furthermore, I think that another way of learning to be responsible by yourself is through mistakes. When you aren’t successful in things you can understand how if you had acted in a more responsible way, such as doing things early or having clear thoughts you could have done it better. On the other hand, their are people in your personal life that can influence you in order for you to realize this earlier. These are your parents and teachers. They try to guide you and remind you of what you have to do. They teach you to do things in the time they are meant to be done.
  4. I think that being responsible is an important characteristic to have. It is extremely helpful in your day to day life. It helps you to work at your best and always remember to perform the tasks that you have pending. Being responsible helps you to be successful at what you are doing which means it will give you an advantage. You will always be able to do better and get further if you are responsible.
  5. This statement mean that you should never do something to others that you don’t want for them to do towards you. When wanting to do something to another person you should first think what would your reaction to that would be, would you enjoy it?, would you be upset?. I think that I have heard this statement many times of my life and with the passing of time began to understand its meaning. I think I usually use it as the guiding of my actions when I fight with a friend. When growing up I learnt that instead of narrowing my mind I should be able to open my mind to other possibilities. Maybe, the other person is right to be wrong, would I have reacted in another way? This statement is very useful and everyone should be able to apply it in their lives.
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