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Responsibility

Part I, questions for discussion:

  1. What is responsibility?
  2. What should a responsible friend/spouse/parent/sibling/grandparent be like?
  3. What are the responsibilities of parents? Should parents support their children financially while they are studying at university?
  4. Do you agree that in Russia there are many adults living in dependence on their parents?
  5. How should kids be raised so that they become responsible and not live off their parents?
  6. What should parents do with their adult children who live with them and don’t want to work? Should parents kick them out of the house? 
  7. Do you know some irresponsible parents? In what situations should social service intervene? In what situations should it take children away from the family?
  8. Why are there so many men in Russia who don’t provide their kids with financial support after divorce and don’t want to see their kids? Why are mothers usually more responsible than fathers?
  9. Why are some people irresponsible? Can a person be irresponsible because of depression? If so, then why do so many people refuse medical treatment when having depression or other mental disorders?
  10. Why do some people treat their relatives/spouses irresponsibly, but show respect for their friends or strangers?
  11. Imagine the situation: you live with a person who flinches from his/her household duties (doesn’t cook, wash dishes, walk the dog, feed the cat, etc.). You try to speak to him/her, but it doesn’t work. What would you do in this situation?
  12. Have you ever been in a situation when you were to meet with someone, but this person didn’t come? What was your reaction? Did this person explain why he/she didn’t come? Was it a reasonable excuse?
  13. Are you a punctual person? If not, what do you do to get rid of this habit?
  14. Can parents teach their kids to be punctual?
  15. Do unpunctual people irritate you? Is it OK for you to wait for some time if someone is late?
  16. Why are some people always coming late? What advice can you give them?
  17. Do you do all the required work before the deadline? If so, what do you do to meet the deadline? If not, how does your boss react when you fall behind schedule? What do you do to remedy the situation?
  18. Do you have a habit of postponing important deals? If so, what deals do you postpone?
  19. Do you sometimes procrastinate? If so, is it easy for you to make an effort and do real work?
  20. How can we fight procrastination? Can time-management help to stop procrastinating and coming late?
  21. Are you a perfectionist? Is it good to be a perfectionist? If not, what problems do perfectionists have?
  22. Do you sometimes take responsibility for the deals that are not your business? If so, give us examples. Why do you do that?
  23. Are we responsible for our elderly parents? Should we always take care of our parents on our own, or we can delegate part of the duties to a nurse? Under what circumstances is it right to send our parents to a nursing home?

Part II, questions for discussion:

  1. Have there been some situations when you accepting significant responsibility made a difference (in the workplace, in your private life)?
  2. Have you ever accepted someone else’s responsibility or “taken the fall” for someone? Has anyone ever “taken the fall” for you?
  3. 18 is now very often considered the age of legal adulthood. Do you think this is an appropriate age to be considered an adult? Should this be changed in any way?
  4. At what age did you begin assuming more financial responsibility? When did you become fully financially responsible for yourself?
  5. Are you responsible with your money? Do you find it easy to save/invest it? What strategies do you have for this?
  6. Are there people in your personal life or in public life (business leaders, activists, politicians, celebrities, etc.) who you consider role models of responsibility? Why is that?
  7. Is social responsibility important for you as an individual? What kind of causes are important for you? (the environment, recycling, animal rights, poverty, education, civil society issues, etc.) Do you participate in any activism or charity work?
  8. Is social responsibility important for corporations? Should companies think about more than just the “bottom line”? Can you think of some responsible/irresponsible corporate actors? Is your employer socially responsible in some way?
  9. How responsible should governments be in:
  • providing healthcare to citizens?
  • providing transport
  • caring for the poor or supporting vulnerable citizens (young children, single mothers, families)
  • taking care of people in their old age (pensions, benefits)
  • providing free or subsidized education (preschools, schools, universities)
  • financing culture (art, theater, museums, etc.) or sports (Olympic athletes, etc.)
  1. Should these instead be responsibilities for individuals or the private sector?

Vocabulary


spouse – супруг(а)
sibling – брат или сестра
to live in dependence on someone, to live off – жить на иждивении
to keep going – поддерживать деньгами
to intervene – вмешиваться 
alimony – алименты 
to fall behind schedule – не укладываться в сроки
to remedy the situation – исправить ситуацию
to postpone – откладывать
to delegate – поручать
nursing home – дом престарелых с медицинским обслуживанием
​to take the fall – отвечать за чужие ошибки, брать на себя чужую вину
social responsibility – ответственность перед обществом
the bottom line – результат, окончательный баланс 

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