I was involved in a group conversation this morning, where we were celebrating that one of the young men in our midst had landed a job and was soon to receive his first pay packet. Part of our conversation was how working is an important part of a man’s journey into manhood. A lady in our midst said how she has to wake up her son to go to work. When asked why she did that, the answer was that she wanted to make sure he wasn’t late for work and that he didn’t lose his job. I said to her, that isn’t your responsibility. That is his responsibility. He has to take that responsibility on for himself and likewise, you need to hand that responsibility back to him, as it wasn’t yours to have in the first place.
The conversation regarding responsibilities is an ongoing one we have in our area. There is much talk about rights in society today. And indeed, I believe all of us certain inalienable rights. We have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. We have the right to be treated with equality. We have a right to basic education and health services. And there are many more rights that you and I can continue to add to this list. But rights are only one side of the balance scales. On the other side of the balance scale hangs responsibilities.
I think its a big question that each of us should ask. “Am I guilty of robbing someone of their responsibilities by taking them on myself?”
What do you think?