Go! Learn to be more Socially Responsible!

Posted on November 27th, 2008 by god

Arvind here wondering just what the world would be like if we were all to become more socially responsible.

Fresh from reading the previous post about the tragic bombings in Mumbai, I have just learnt how President elect Obama is hoping to usher in “a return to an ethic of responsibility”.

He and wife Michelle will make sure that this begins at home as they have revealed that their two daughters will still be expected to do chores after they move into the White House:-

Obama girls still to do chores

They want their daughters to make their own beds and grow up in a “normal” way. Malia, 10, and Sasha, seven, will be the youngest children to live in the White House since the 1960s. Mrs Obama has emphasised how she intends to focus on her children’s well-being.

At the same time, Mr Obama said he hoped to bring about a return to some sort of personal responsibility and common sense – he criticised executives for flying corporate jets to Washington to ask for federal funding.

He has also suggested that bankers forego end-of-year bonuses, what with millions struggling in the economic crisis.

So in light of Mr Obama’s fresh outlook and personal initiatives:-

What one or more thing do you think we should do to become more Personally Socially Responsible?

What will you do?

From giving up the company jet and foregoing end of year bonuses, do share your ideas, no matter how banal or serious – in fact the more banal and funny the better!


7 Responses to “Go! Learn to be more Socially Responsible!”

  1. Arvind,

    Can’t think of anything for the moment, but I will NOT give up my coffee, bottle water or air conditioning. There are health issues with the air conditioning.

    I like what one of my friends did, but I wouldn’t do that. When spending got out of control for her, for the amount that she spent, she would add the same amount to her offering for that week. OUCH!!!

    I do like that her group of other friends do not exchange Christmas gifts anymore. They donate to that person’s favorite charity. I like that idea because, for most of use, do we really need something else? (I don’t have an Ipod…anyone listening?)

    CC

  2. Mike says:

    I would stop using my private helicopter to nip down to Tesco’s. Well certainly after 9pm anyway the neighbours complain :-(

  3. Jim says:

    Hi Arvind,

    Food for thought and I’m well up on CSR but PSR is a new one on me.

    Lots to do in the energy draining town of Dubai.

    Where to start?

    • arvind says:

      Jim,

      The events in Mumbai show that we need PSR more than ever before.

      I can’t even think straight right now as I am so upset about the Mumbai situation so will write more later.

      I am just off a walk, some yoga and sauna – always clears the mind and body.

      • arvind says:

        Hi Jim

        To me PSR is all about doing to others what you would like others do to you. It is about recognizing how your behaviour affects others, and holding yourself accountable for your actions. For example, contrast someone being well mannered with someone being rude.

        Ideally a PSR aware person will:-

        1. Always endeavour to have a positive effect on others.
        2. Have a mind set to contribute.
        3. Refrain from causing negativity in his environment e.g. by throwing litter on the ground, or by gossiping.
        4. His social and economic activities will have a positive or neutral impact on the environment.

        A socially responsible person will endeavour to have a positive effect on others and enrich his environment. He will strive to make a positive contribution, and will not pollute the atmosphere, both physically and metaphorically.

        It is actually not asking a lot for people to be more socially responsible. To me it is a no-brainer – if everyone does their little bit, we would soon be on our way to resolving a lot of the challenges the world faces today.

  4. Al Gore says:

    In light of the present Global Conditions, Global Warming, Economic Downturn, global poverty etc..

    I have decided to stop telling the people of the world, about Global Warming, whilst flying in my private plane which distributes more Carbons into the atmosphere than some small countries.
    Down grade my home by turning off all the lights, since I am not there anyway.
    Cutting back my Personal Global Carbon Foot print from the 20 times the average house hold per year to only 5 times.
    This might add to my creditablity, actually save the planet whilst continueing on my greatest cause that of self preservation and a healthy bank balance.

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