Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Myth of Personal Responsibility

Two chickens having a conversation.

Circumstances compelled me to use this image of two chickens having a conversation.

We are often exhorted to take personal responsibility for our lives. If you don’t like your job, instead of complaining about it just get a different one. If you’re fat, just eat less. If someone commits a crime, they should be in jail, because that’s the consequence. And it makes me wonder: why do we hear this so often; why has it become a mantra that you are in charge? And can each of us really be in charge of everything on our own, in a world of seven billion other humans, and very powerful companies and governments? Continue reading