In one of the most luxurious coffee shops in the city, people visit to relax and have a cup of coffee with a fine piece of cake, a family of 5 members with their only child chose an outdoor table. My friends and I were coincidentally sitting next to them. The moment we sat, their boy who was around 8 – 9 years old started to make noises by hitting the spoons and knives with the table, but a look at his face will tell that there is something abnormal about him so we just ignored and continued our conversation. Unfortunately, one of my friends couldn’t bear it so she started rolling her eyes with resentment then she openly expressed her discontent. It was good that the rest of us were calm and told her that it was obvious the boy has a problem so you cannot blame him. “Well! Then they better sit with him at home and not to bring him to such places!!!” she replied. We got furious about her comment and told her that the boy and his family deserve a break just like you and us and they need to feel accepted and welcomed by the society to ease their pain and the challenges they go through daily with their child.
Social responsibility is not only a slogan but an ethical responsibility, in which individuals are accountable for fulfilling their civic duty; the actions of an individual must benefit the whole of society. In this way, it is everyone’s duty not only to follow road safety, respect public regulations or raise good children but also to educate self about social issues that affect the quality of our lives like; inequality, religious conflicts or diseases such as down syndrome, autism, and more. Such cases require awareness and acceptance by all aspects of society who can have a serious negative psychological impact on one’s life if not faced with the right attitude. Educating ourselves about what social responsibility means and broadening our knowledge about the means to help others will create more effective and compassionate individuals, prepared for the challenges to lead towards more interdependent and sustainable communities.
To cling to social responsibility is to make the world wider and wiser to hold every person despite differences. These differences then can only be turned to become a source of creativity, influence and peaceful coexistence.