The responsible citizen

Dec 23, 2010 12:00:00 PM / by Vu Long Tran

‘Responsibility’ . It’s a strong word, and even dreadful to some, but what does it mean to be responsible?

Dictionary.com defines ‘responsible’ as having a capacity for moral decisions and therefore accountable; capable of rational thought or action.

So that mean being responsible is undertaking rational actions right?

Well the other day I saw someone exhibit a clear display of responsibility. Someone who if you saw downtown at the local pub you’d might think twice and assume that they weren’t the type to do so but I’ve find that people will always surprise you. Given the right situation, people can exceed your initial expectations which is why they say looks can be deceiving and that ‘you can’t judge a book by its cover.

Well this situation was just that. So there I was waiting at the local train station, and nearby there was this empty beer bottle sitting there on the train platform – sitting really close to the tracks. It wasn’t rolling or anything but it seems as though it has been sitting there for a while. Perhaps even the night before, but since I was at a manned station maybe not that long, but still, I’m assuming a couple of hours at the least.

Anyways, there was bloke probably in his mid 40s, tattoos and the like, the typical bloke you’ll probably just be extra cautious of and seek to not look at him in the wrong way... Well, he just casually picked up the bottle and threw it in the bin (the proper recycling bin by the way) and walked off as though there was nothing of it.

I just thought it was just surprising to witness someone doing that, particularly someone unexpected, as it must have been ignored by so many other people.... He acted in a responsible way, unlike many others who you generally hope would in similar situations. Perhaps it was having no fear of the bottle as the others may have, fear of germs, the perception of others etc.

Well, the moral of this story is never judge a book by it's cover as you never know what to expect from people, as I always find, people will always surprise you! 
Vu Long Tran

Written by Vu Long Tran

Solutions Engineer APAC @pymetrics . ex-@Forrester consultant. Tweeting on #cloud, #cybersecurity, #equality and #tech tinkering!

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