Face the Music and Take Responsibility
We watched several video clips during this week’s class, and I have to say these people involved in DC Lead Crisis, especially decision makers, can fabricate everything and feel quite comfortable with it. They violate every professional conduct and put the public health on threat. Can they be brave enough to face the music and take responsibilities? The sooner they admit their mistake, the faster remediation process can be initiated to save more people, especially infants. However, none of them admit their fault in front of the camera. This is really heart breaking.
When I was young, my parents and teachers always told me that every person need to take responsibility of their actions. Definitely we will make wrong choices that leads to mistakes and loss now and then. Nobody is perfect, and we need to face the music, apologize, and learn a good lesson from it in order to avoid a similar mistake in the near future. This process can be painful, and it usually takes time to heal. I still remember when I was in elementary school, my friend living in the neighborhood persuaded me to help him steal one Game Boy in a shop. I just needed to stand watch. Later that night, I felt so bad about this theft and told my parents about the whole thing. Though the “betrayal” costed my friendship for a while, the adults (all the parents) thought I was brave enough to admit my wrong doings. Eventually, my friend also thanked me for my “betrayal” since he learned quite a good lesson through his mistake, through in a hard way.
I know it will not be easy to admit the mistakes for people standing at a high position. As a decision maker, you have more things to think about, for example your reputation and company’s image. However, all these cannot serve as your excuse to face the music and prevent further damage. Just like what we discussed in the class, don’t think too much before making the decision. Sometimes you should trust your instinct and make the right move. Taking responsibility is not supposed to make you weak. Instead, the public will trust more on a person who is brave enough to acknowledge his own fault with a detailed fixing plan. I feel sad to know DC Lead Crisis is not an isolated incident, and we have following Flint Water Crisis and other potential health-related issues. Ethics should not be only offered at school, but also in all kinds of companies, organisations, and agencies for adults to avoid similar tragedies. We need more trust and higher moral standard in the modern world, and let’s start with taking responsibilities.