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Old 07-25-2019, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by steronz View Post
What you're missing here is the throng of calls for other people to take more personal responsibility for themselves. Would you say that's what conservatives typically mean when they talk about personal responsibility (e.g., an outward direction rather than an inward reflection)?
"Personal responsibility" means me as well as other people. I am responsible for my own actions, and other people are responsible for their own actions.
And if so, isn't that a rejection of altruism?
It isn't either-or. Any more than the presumably liberal principle of altruism means that everyone need only sit still and let other people solve their problems for them.

"You are responsible for yourself" is the default, and subject to override, depending on circumstance.

The assumption "you are responsible for your own life" is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for you to make anything of your own life. If you assume you can do it, you can often but not always do something. If you assume you can't, you can never do something.

Sometimes you can't do anything. The rest of the time, you can.