Natural responsibility; a call of K5 at National Day 103

It was December 17, 2010 morning, I didn't take my shine. As soon as I came out of my bed, I put on the TV and saw that the celebrations were about to start at the historic Changlingmethang. BBS was broadcasting the occasion live!. The first king Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck was recieved with solemn procession, to whom the significance of this day is accredited to.
Then came in the peoples king, fifth Dragon King. I was particularly interested in the substance of the speeches  that he gave and today also I was waiting for this. In his speech he expressed condolences  for the poor souls of the Nepal Air crash and royal support for their surviving families.
He also expressed his satisfaction over the four succesful years of his kingship. He praised the Lyonchens government for the excellent job of succesfully implementing the 10th plan. As usual he offered prayers for his long life and gratitude to the living legend the 4th king for his 34 year long reign characterised by economic prosperity and welbeing in Bhutan.
Among all other messages he was emphasizing on the term "responsibility". Any nation could be succesful or fail based on the way its people carry out their responsibilities.
As doctors, as engineers, law makers, as businessmen, as farmers, as teachers, as parents, as relatives and as members of the community we all have responsibilities to be discharged. A nation is comprised of a collection of people with common goals and aspirations. These goals and aspirations are fulfilled by the intricate involvement of all the people. Without this interaction we cannot be fruitful in fulfilling the responsibilities. His majesty said by responsiblity he meant not just the responsibility that the law and rules require but a "natural responsibility, a sense of being responsible from within" this statement appealed to my imagination. How long a man can be monitored on the basis of written code of rules and laws if not for voluntary and mindful fulfillment of the duties.
Laws are made and laws can be broken if a man wish to but what sustains is his conscience, the ability to judge what is right and what is wrong. This concept of natural responsibility is quite profound because it cannot be penned down into paper as a set of rules basically because a it can be too misleading. Misleading because a man has intricate pattern of responsibility. He has to do his office duties that his job demands.  Responsibility of a father, brother, son, uncle, husband,member of a local community and a citizen of a country. Different roles and different levels of involvements just for one man. If we go by rules how many service rules do we require just for one man, that is why his majesty was emphasizing the need for such a profound understanding of our natural responsibility. We are responsible for many stakeholders as mentioned earlier with varying degrees.
Most of the time we have broken families, disatisfied bosses,partially completed tasks, half done projects and divided communities. They are results of failure of the natural responsibility.
For people to be naturally responsible they need to understand the situation completely well. Their positions particularly, in the family, in the office, in the community, because only from the awareness of the environment he can discharge his reponsibility.
So he has to make heartful effort to engage in everything that happens around, try to communicate and in some cases create the conditions so that all intricacies are understood. In complete understanding a man can be a complete man; a father responsible for his children, a supportive brother to the siblings, a helpful neighbor in the community, a descent coworker at the work place and a respectable citizen in the country.
Natural responsibility is not discussed in its entirety here but scope for further discourses more open.I think more discussion is required for this profound topic especially amongst  Bhutanese people because this can be an integral brick in the wall of GNH!


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