Fault vs Responsibility

From the Web: Psychology & Religion Topic: Responsibility

In this video Will Smith talks about taking responsibility for our happiness and our lives.

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It really doesn’t matter whose fault it is that something is broken. It’s your responsibility to fix it.

It is not somebody’s fault if their father was an abusive alcoholic, but it is for damn sure that it is their responsibility to figure out how to deal with those traumas and try to make a life out of it.

It’s not your fault if your partner cheated and ruined your marriage. But it is for damn sure your responsibility to figure out how to take that pain and how to overcome that and build a happy life for yourself.

Fault and Responsibility do not go together – it sucks. They don’t.

When something is somebody’s fault we want them to suffer. We want them punished. We want them to pay. We want it to be their responsibility to fix it. But that’s not how it works, especially when it’s your heart. Your heart, your life, your happiness is your responsibility and your responsibility alone.

As long as we’re pointing the finger and stuck in whose fault something is, we’re jammed and trapped into victim mode. And when you’re in victim mode, you’re stuck and suffering. The road to power is in taking responsibility. Your heart, your life, your happiness are your responsibility and your responsibility alone. […]

Taking responsibility, accepting responsibility is not an admission of guilt. […]

Taking responsibility is a recognition of the power that you seize when you STOP blaming people. […]

Taking responsibility is an act of emotional self-defense.

Taking Responsibility is taking your power back.


Will Smith is an American actor and rapper. He has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards. www.willsmith.com

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