The opposite of responsibility is inaction, passivity? Cowardice perhaps?
Cowardice, yes. Because, as soon as you take responsibility, you take risks. I have often quoted the admirable example of Pierre Guillaumat during the sniffing aircraft affair. He had been P. -D. G. of the Elf group he had created. The group was the victim of an expensive fraud (about 500 million francs). When Pierre Péan revealed the case, Pierre Guillaumat had published, a few days later, a statement saying in essence: "I was the leader, therefore the manager, and I will not tolerate that one of my subordinates is worried in this case. " Responsibility always requires courage. I have much regretted that, in recent corruption cases, the P. -D. G. the major groups in question did not adopt the same attitude and let condemned their managers one on one on matters they knew well yet.
Women think they are more responsible than men ...
I agree. This is the main reason why women, in general, do not do politics. They are much more sensitive to their family responsibilities than men.
Can we love without assuming responsibility?
In the Christian foundation of love, there is a principle of implicit responsibility: the notion of neighbor. We are responsible for that neighbor on whose territory we have power. My main responsibility, for example, is in France, not in Rwanda. The distance is touched by the chain of neighbors. If everyone takes care of the next, we come to the distance. It's a very strong idea. Hence my discomfort with Cyril Collard's "Les Nuits Fauves" which, in some respects, trivialized the lack of responsibility in almost all the characters. Someone who voluntarily transmits AIDS is not a hero ...
"Everyone plays a role in society"
"Whether you are a shoemaker, teacher or saxophonist, you all have a responsibility in society. "These words of Jean-Jacques Goldman, Alain Etchegoyen approves them. Especially since this "educational exercise" that marked his childhood and that he relates in his book True Moral mocking the moral (Seuil, 1999). Extract.
"When I was a pupil in Lille, in the junior grades, the Jesuits redoubled the teaching of a number of educational games which they omitted to say that they were pedagogical - which made them would have made it very boring, so in a class of thirty students we were divided into teams of five, carefully selected (a very good, a good, a medium, a bad and a very bad, these assessments only indicating performances intellectuals and not a moral judgment).With each composition of English, Latin or mathematics, the performances of each were translated in kilometers: we had on the wall of the class a kind of Tour de France, with a course leading us in stages, from Lille to Lourdes by example, Jesuits oblige! When the team's performance exceeded the required number of kilometers, we had a balance that could be used for the next step. [...] The finality appeared to me later, but it seems to me very clear today: the very bad student who passed from 2/20 to 4/20 made win his team; the excellent student who dropped from 18/20 to 16/20 made her lose. Thus everyone was aware that his individual performance, whatever his level, could win or lose the team. [...] In responsibility, what counts is the notion of progress. It is essential in our society that everyone be aware that they play a role, that the impact of their personal acts has effects on a collective. "