Responsibility and the State
Responsibility is one of the most important aspects of a human existence and personality. It is responsibility for one’s actions that makes a human. It is a commonly accepted idea that the person who is not taking responsibility for what he has done should not and cannot be trusted, that he is not truly a human being. But in the modern world we have the ever-growing tendency of the state to remove the idea of responsibility from new and new areas of human existence.
For example – if in the past the principle “caveat emptor”, that is, “let the buyer beware” had been universally accepted as the basis for any business transaction, now it is changed into “caveat venditor”, i.e., “let the seller beware”. It means that, if in the past only the buyer was responsible for the quality of the thing he had bought, which required from him to think carefully before making a purchase, now he does not anymore carry this responsibility and can buy whatever he likes, knowing that in case of a problem it is the vendor to be blamed.
The same goes for other spheres or activity. People are freed from the responsibility for drug abuse (addicts are considered to be ill and not guilty of their situation), planning their lives (the state pays them pension), planning their family (they receive children’s allowance), being jobless (they get unemployment benefits), and so on, and so forth. The reason is, the state does not need independent people. The state wants people who cannot decide for themselves and don’t want to do it, people who are happy to be both ruled and supported.