You have a set of duties that only you can perform for your community, and this is called Personal Social Responsibility (PSR).
The higher your PSR, the more responsible you are as an adult human living in its society.
Responsible organisations have what we call Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). They weave their brands around good deeds and altruistic community services that make the public acknowledge and adjudge them as responsible organisations.
We cannot do less as individuals.
Having a PSR shows that we are responsible, mindful of our environment and giving back to our society which creates the platform for us to become who we are.
Do you have a PSR plan in your life? Do you have a PSR in your family? If not, let’s discuss a range of duties you could use to promote your PSR agenda in 2015.
You have a duty to protect the environment. It is commonplace to see drivers and their passangers drop wastes such as wraps of snacks, Pure Water sachets, etc on the roads and highways. Some times, you are surprised that they drive fanciful airconditioned cars. Yet they wind down the window glass and drop their waste on the road without remorse. This habit is not acceptable and you should stop it if you are involved.
The other day, a middle class woman brought out her 3 kids whilst in traffic hold up at Mile 12 in Lagos to pee beside her SUV in full glare of the public. These kids could have been like 9, 7 and 5.
The environment is ours. We must protect it. Government has its roles but cannot do everything. You can build your PSR around the environment. You should make the physical environment beautiful wherever you find yourself.
You must take care of your environment. The debt we owe nature is to nurture it. The world is going Green now. We must eschew pollution and not allow greedy merchants to drop toxic waste in our country in the name of junks and second hand electronics, clothing and other goods. You have to keep your environment clean, not only on Environmental Sanitation Day but always.
You have a duty to promote peace and harmony in your neighbourhood. You should not fan the ember of hated, bigotry and extremism. Live, and let live. Live in peace with yourself, family and neighbours. Seek to promote peace in your society. You should not create fear and panic through your deeds, actions and utterances. Be true to yourself but strive to be a peace loving neighbour.
You have a duty to eliminate noise in your community. Noise is a pollutant that hinders learning, rest and peace in the community. Do not disturb your neighbours with your music, business, events and lifestyle. You should use your car horn less frequently when on the road.
You have a duty to uphold the sanctity of human life, and civil rights. Whatever your profession or status in the society, do not trample on people’s fundamental human rights. You should learn to stand up for and defend the right to life of people around you, and in your world. You should stand against jungle justice.
You have a duty to manage the number of offspring you produce and provide for all of them. Please get your spouse, if married, to go for counselling and family planning in order to moderate the number of children you will have. Do not complicate the global crises with your indiscretion through having many children. Our government has not legislated the number of children you should have but allow common sense to guide you. The fewer, the healthier, happier and merrier.
You have a duty to defend the weak and poor. Do not join them to oppress the weak, disabled, poor and vulnerable people in the society. Defend them. Stand up for their rights.
Mentally challenged people freely roam our streets – how are we helping them? How did a mentally sick walking about naked on the street came about the cigarette he was smoking? Someone must have sold it to him, or given him freely. How did a mentally sick woman get pregnant? This is not the type of help they need. Let’s join hands to take our mentally sick people off the streets and protect them from human predators who are hell bent on harming them.
You have to give back to the society. You should learn to give back to your parents, and community so as to appreciate them. Ask yourself, what have you done for the schools where you had your early year education? Your community primary health centre where you were born? Your parents? If you cannot visit them, you can send cash to them for projects to build facilities, construct modern toilets, provide portable water, provide drugs or amenities for basic health, provide rural electricity through solar energy. If you cannot afford any of such projects, you can partner with the government or local authorities. Better still, you can work in team with friends and partners or international development agencies to accelerate development in your community.
Blessed are those who engage in personal social responsibility for they shall be called good citizens.
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