Cookie Jar

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“Cookie Jar”
Andrew D. Ross
GEN/200
29Jan2014
Meagan Jones

“Cookie Jar”
Reflections and Thoughts on Personal Responsibility
By: Andrew D. Ross

Personal responsibility can also be seen as accountability, which is defined by Merriam-Webster as "the quality or state of being accountable; especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's actions." This should mean that to be accountable for yourself, you would admit to your mistakes, make an effort to make those mistakes right, and live in a way that does not harm others whenever possible.
“Personal responsibility is the willingness to both accept the importance of standards that society establishes for individual behavior and to make strenuous personal efforts to live by those standards. But personal responsibility also means that when individuals fail to meet expected standards, they do not look around for some factor outside themselves to blame. The demise of personal responsibility occurs when individuals blame their family, their peers, their economic circumstances, or their society for their own failure to meet standards. The three areas of personal decision making in which the nation’s youth and young adults most need to learn and practice personal responsibility are education, sexual behavior and marriage, and work.”
Haskins, R. (2009). Brookings. Retrieved from http://www.brookings.edu/research/articles/2009/07/09-responsibility-haskins#

This is just a generalization however. Personal responsibility has different meanings to different people. Accountability sums it up for me. I believe it to be a virtue instilled during childhood. Doing what is right simply for the reward of being able to do what is right to begin with. In my thesis statement I mentioned the “hand in the cookie jar” reference, some might not see the connection to personal…...

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