- Hold yourself responsible to make a positive difference.
In a civil society, diversity is cherished and encouraged to flourish. To sustain this ideal, people need to exercise self-responsibility that allows ALL people to be actively engaged in their community. For that reason, responsible people seek to understand the viewpoint of others and hold themselves accountable for their own behavior so that civil interaction, not divisiveness, is promoted. Responsible individuals acknowledge their own mistakes so that blame is not directed at innocent people. They attentively listen to others, without self-interest, so that a greater understanding can emerge for the greater good. Therefore, self-responsibility perpetuates civil interactions as everyone is holding themselves to a higher standard of behavior.