Responsibility is an extension of respect.  If we respect other people, we value them.  If we value them, we feel a measure of responsibility for their welfare.


Responsibility literally means “ability to respond.”  It means orienting toward others, paying attention to them, actively responding to their needs.  Responsibility emphasizes our positive obligations to care for each other.


What else does responsibility mean?  It means being dependable, not letting others down.  We help people by keeping our commitments and we create problems for them when we don’t.


Responsibility means carrying out any job or duty-in the family, at school, in extracurricular activities-to the best of our ability.