Is shared responsibility good?

Ever seen or heard so often that public safety is a shared responsibility?

I can’t help but chuckle at it after psych tut today. Shared responsiblity as the words speaks for themselves, is responsibility that gets divided among those who are present. Think of it like a pie that’s being shared by all the hungry people at the table. The more people there are, the lesser the share of the pie you get.

It is responsible for the bystander effect. Take for example, the Catherine Susan Genovese case. She was murdered on the street and there were around 30 witnesses to her murder but none called the police. Each of them was sharing the responsibility and in the end, was less responsible to take any action.

See the irony of safety ads?

One thought on “Is shared responsibility good?

  1. Yup, it’s the concept of how individual raindrops will never feel responsible for causing a flood. Same reason why none of the shoppers at WalMart last Black Friday felt responsible for trampling one of their fellow shoppers to death. It is also said that at the execution range, one of the shooters will be given a blank so that at the end of the day, all of them can go home feeling less guilty, knowing they could be the one with the blank.

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