Week 20: Duty toward Others

Understanding

Understanding is the next step beyond acknowledging another’s humanity and a step short of appreciation. I have found that when I understand someone better, usually, I can more readily get along with that person. There are fewer disagreements, and whatever disagreements we have will be tempered by my understanding, especially
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Reliability

Jean-François Millet, A Shepherdess and Her Flock (1862-63) When people count on us, it is good for them to know that they can rely on us to carry out our responsibilities.
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Responsibility

Every person who sacrifices to care for a child and every child who does his homework without being prodded understands what responsibility is. It is the action component of our duty to others.
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Observing

Understanding is the intellectual component of responsibility toward others. Observing people, paying careful attention to their behaviors, movements, words, facial expressions and the like, is an important tool for understanding.
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Respecting Worth

“I abhor what that man did but he is a human being and should be treated with respect and dignity.” This statement is an illustration of respect for a person’s worth. As angry as we may be toward someone, a commitment to the worth and dignity of every person implies
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Respecting Value

“I don’t like that kind of music but I can hear that it is intricate and the performers did an excellent job with it.” “Indian cuisine does not appeal to me but this is very fresh, colorful and I am beginning to appreciate the spicing.” “Basketball bores me but I
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Duty toward Others

We are at the responsibility stage of development, a step ahead of not doing harm and a step behind moral excellence. It is the stage of moral competence, or duty.
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