(See prior bulletin, EMC366)
Rights and responsibilities are mutual and inseparable. You can ensure enjoyment of the one only by exercising the other. The rights of all of us depends on responsibility by each of us. To secure and expand our rights, therefore, you must accept these responsibilities as individual members of an organization.
- Be fully responsible for your own actions and for the consequences those actions bring. Having the freedom to choose means you also have the responsibility for your choices.
- Respect the rights and beliefs of other people. In our free society, diversity flourishes. Be courteous and considerate of others for this is a measure of our civilized society.
- Be sympathetic, understanding and help others. You also hope others will help when you when you need it, so you should help others when they need it.
- Do your best to meet your own and our families' needs. By helping yourself and those closest to you, you become productive members of an organization, and you will contribute to the strength of that organization.
- Respect and obey the rules, regulations and guidelines. These are mutually accepted rules, regulations and guidelines by which, together, we maintain a fully operational organization. These rules, regulations and guidelines are the foundation of an organization. That foundation should provide an orderly process for changing these rules, regulations and guidelines. It also depends on your obeying these rules, regulations and guidelines once they have been freely adopted.
- Respect the property of others, both private and public. No one has the right to what is not his or hers. The right to enjoy what is yours depends on your respecting the right of others to enjoy what is theirs.
- Share your appreciation of the benefits and obligations of your rights. Rights shared are rights strengthened.
- Participate constructively in the organizational life. An organization depends on an active membership. It also depends on an informed membership.
- Help your rights survive by defending them. Your rights cannot survive unless you defend them. Their security rests on our determination to help preserve them.
- Respect the rights and meet the responsibilities on which your organization depends. This is the foundation of a functioning organization. Maintaining it requires our common effort, both together and as individuals.
Continues next week