How can you create a concept map about your responsibilities as a good citizen to protect your rights? Think of major responsibilities and under each. How can you perform each responsibility?

How can you create a concept map about your responsibilities as a good citizen to protect your rights? Think of major responsibilities and under each. How can you perform each responsibility?

[ 10/September/21 ]

This question kind of has it backwards.

One of the biggest responsibilities is to become as aware and as well informed as is reasonably possible in your circumstances.

At a certain level of awareness one becomes aware that claiming any right necessarily instantiates responsibilities, if survival is a desired outcome.

If one wants to destroy something, then giving rights without the necessary attached responsibilities is a good way to destroy any system.

If you think about it; just from a systems view.

Every system has sets of constraints required to give it form.

Remove any of those necessary constraints and the system fails.

So any level of freedom, any level of rights, has to come with appropriate constraints (responsibilities) if it is to survive long term.

We are very complex entities, in very complex social and economic systems.

Every level in every system has necessary sets of constraints – which can be expressed as responsibilities appropriate to that level and some set of contexts. Constraints are often very context specific.

Constraints that are too rigid tend to become brittle and break – which is another cause of system failure.

So every citizen has a responsibility to their own lives, and the lives of others, and that has consequent sets of responsibilities in every context one encounters. Often there are multiple levels of awareness present.

Some contexts are relatively simple, and reasonably strict and constant rules can be applied to simple contexts. Most contexts however are more complex, and contain multiple sets of unknowns, uncertainties, and unknowables. Strict rules are never appropriate to such contexts, a far deeper level of responsibility is required, to always do what, in the specifics of the context, seems most likely to give the best outcome for all over the long term.

One can use these general principles to build concept maps of any domain.

All such concept maps will vary depending on the model one is using to understand any domain.

The default models supplied by biology and culture tend to be very simplistic approximations to most real complex domains (like culture, economics, science, ethics, politics, law, systems, strategy in uncertainty).

One responsibility you have is to go beyond any such instance or set of simplistic models if it seems necessary and appropriate to do so.

That can put you on an often lonely but usually interesting journey.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) with reasonable security, tools, resources and degrees of freedom, and reasonable examples of the natural environment; and that is going to demand responsibility from all of us - see
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