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Responsibility Project Table Guardian -- Short Film Essay

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Responsibility Project

Table Guardian -- Short Film Analysis

The short film chosen from the Responsible Project is called the Table Guardian and was originally posted on February 14, 2008 (The Responsibility Project, 2008). The short film was produced by a company known as RSA who were retained to produce a series of short films that are focused on personal responsibility and Table Guardians was one of the first films the company produced for Liberty Mutual ( Liberty Mutual via Business Wire News Releases, 2008). The setting for the film takes place in an urban coffee shop that is bustling with morning activity.

The film centers on Michael who is pictured sitting at a coffee house with his laptop and personal materials, while looks busy doing some kind of work. Shortly after this character is introduced, Michael asks a woman who is sitting at a nearby table to watch his laptop and save his table while he runs to make copies. The woman initially declines the responsibility however after a bit of persuasion from Michael she eventually gives in.

Michael tells her that he will be back in 10 minutes, 12 minutes tops. However, ten minutes go by and Michael has not returned to the coffee shops. The lady continues to watch his things and steadily grows more and more impatient. After an hour of waiting for Michael to come back, the lady negotiates a deal in which someone else agrees to watch his things because in exchange for getting her table in the busy coffee shop.

The stranger agrees to watch Michael's things despite the fact she did not know who he was. Eventually this person also strikes a bargain with a new guardian for the arrangement. The film continues to show a series of different people looking out for Michael's things while he was gone. When he finally returns to the coffee shop and to his things and elderly lady is in charge of his possessions. The lady currently looking after his things is hesitant in believing that the laptop belonged to him.…… [Read More]

References:
Liberty Mutual via Business Wire News Releases. (2008, April 28). RSA Films Joins Liberty Mutual's "The Responsibility Project" to Create Original Content for Online Community. Retrieved from Boston.com:  http://finance.boston.com/boston/news/read?GUID=5245655 

The Responsibility Project. (2008, February 14). Table Guardians. Retrieved from Liberty Mutual - The Resposnsibility Project: http://responsibility-project.libertymutual.com/films/table-guardians#fbid=HFSg9f-NfD9
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Personal Philosophy Essay

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Personal Philosophy - Tourism

Which philosophical school of thought (Idealism, Realism, Pragmatism, Naturalism, Existentialism, Humanism) best presents your own set of beliefs at this time of your professional preparation and why?

I consider myself to be predominantly a humanist. I am interested in helping people use their personal agency for the best overall outcomes. My knowledge of history is limited but it does include some exposure to the major religions in the world. I am mostly discouraged by what I have learned. Empowered by their religious beliefs, people engage in horrific acts against one another and assert that they are compelled and even sanctified by their religions to behave in those ways. Humanism is based on reason, ethics, and justice that do not originate from religious doctrine. But it seems to me that as the various religions were formed, that faith was developed from logical human reasoning as much as from supernatural events. The basic tenets of the main religions are logical and based in earthly reality. Take, for instance, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." This is a reasoned directive that has clear implications for civic order and the public good. There is nothing supernatural about it -- rather the directive is based in independent human agency. Say that one person does not follow this "golden" rule. Simple reasoning would establish a chain of stimulus -- response. Undesirable stimulus behavior triggers an undesirable response. Now, religion would interrupt that behavior chain by suggesting the person "wronged" turn the other cheek. But, here again, is evidence of human agency. A person is free to respond to the undesirable behavior or not. It is the individual freedom and agency of human that allows them to reject pre-ordained rules or commandments unless they can also consider the consequences of those rules. Too many really terrible things have been done to people in the name of religion. Without the influence of religion, would these same horrible things have happened? The universality of human values suggests that they would not -- at least not on a normative basis. The human need to belong is so strong that it may cause them to conform even when it is not reasonable to do so -- and when…… [Read More]

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Personal Philosophy My Life Is No Doubt Essay

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Personal Philosophy

My life is no doubt different from 99.9% of the rest of the American nation, and I'm not talking about the "occupy" movement. The occupy people are saying that only 1% of the population has the money and the power and the rest of us -- 99% of America -- are left with the crumbs. They have their point but my philosophy isn't directed against Wall Street per se. My theme embraces the big picture; that is America consists of millions of pathetic little powerless worker bees banging against superficial goals that they are attracted like so many summer moths being drawn to (and slamming into) a porch light on a steamy August night. This essay should be very clear as far as theme and purpose, because I am blunt spoken, honest in my statements, and never shy about letting others know how I feel about life, the world, the U.S., politicians, phonies pretending to be important, organized religion and preachers.

Who Am I? Why Do I Believe What I Believe?

Fasten your seat belt because this might be a rough ride. What I have to say is not going to be pretty but this assignment is not about sweetness and joy and little boys opening presents under the tree on Christmas morning. It is not about pretending to be something I am not. It is designed to offer me a chance to lay out my statement of purpose, what I believe, and why I believe it.

I am a 25-year-old Marine Corps combat veteran. I have served my country in some of the most hideously dangerous situations any one could imagine. I have been shot at, I have shot at (and hit) the enemy. I have slithered along on all fours in the mud to track down the enemy and I have baked in 100+ degree temperatures in the burning sand to track down those fools. I never waved my American flag in anyone's face but I believe in what I have done though I'm not sure I'd do it again.

I have no doubts that if I could line up a dozen radical Islamic insurgents and/or terrorists against a wall on this very day, September 11, 2012, before I shot them I would punch and kick them first to let them know how much they are hated. America will never get back the 3,000…… [Read More]

Works Cited:
Libertarianism. (2010). What is Libertarianism? Retrieved September 11, 2012, from http://www.libertarianism.com.
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Responsibility Gun Control Essay

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regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be in fringed. (Amendment II to the Constitution of the United States)

The preceding sentence has inspired a great deal of controversy over the years. Gun control is a heated topic in both American politics and in civil discourse throughout the nation. The issue has had a profound effect on lobbyists and on the general public. Issues revolving around gun control and the constitutionality of both new and old laws constantly see media attention. Every time there is a school shooting or a justifiable homicide, large numbers of advocates for gun control and opponents against the issue arise. Indeed, the politics of gun control and the rights of gun ownership inspire heated and emotional debates throughout the nation.

The concept of gun control is ultimately flawed. The vast majority of those who use weapons in violent offenses have not attained them through legal means. In other words, it is common for stolen guns to be used for criminal acts. The result is that one's own personal responsibility with firearms is far more important than gun control legislation. The reality is that to be a responsible gun owner, one must be aware that he or she owns a weapon. A gun is not a toy, nor something that should be glorified as is common in movies. Guns must be protected from larceny and from misuse. To own a gun is to be responsible for the weapon and one's own actions with said weapon.

Greg Claus contends that to own a gun one must be responsible for the use of the weapon. In his article, "With Gun Ownership Comes Great Responsibility," he writes of an incident wherein an intoxicated man attempted to enter a…… [Read More]

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Personal Success Essay

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Career Plan

After some serious, and not-so-serious, formal, and informal, types of soul searching, I have a much stronger sense of who I am and where I am going. Over the past ten weeks, I have encountered, interacted with, applied, and leveraged a number of core principles that will help me succeed and continually reinforce what I have learned. For example, Terrace Martin never uses the word "failure." Will I be able to stop using the word failure in my life? All it takes is mental discipline, and the courage to say no to negative thought patterns that create failure in the first place. There is no such thing as failure, because just the act of pursuing our dreams each day is a sign of personal success. Likewise, pursuing our dreams each day means taking personal responsibility for our lives and our reality. We do not need to blame others for our misfortunes, or wait for a stroke of luck that will "someday" magically transform our lives. Winning the lottery is not a valid career goal. Now that I know this, it bothers me to hear people say, "When I win the lottery, I will…" I will never say that again. Instead, I will say, "Right now, I can do anything I set my mind to. Working hard and applying myself means doing what I love." I have learned that genuine luck is not like a stroke of lightening. Genuine luck means seizing the opportunities that come our way.

Whatever path my life takes, I will remain grateful for the lessons I have learned over the past ten weeks. The balance sheet has allowed me to think more clearly and logically about my strengths and weaknesses. It has also helped me to envision a career that suits me, rather than a career…… [Read More]

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Personal & Organizational Ethics Personal and Organizational Essay

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PERSONAL & ORGANIZATIONAL ETHICS

Personal and Organizational Ethics Values for, for-Profit and Non-Profit Organizations

Ethics is a requirement of the society to both individuals and organizations. Ethics are applied to business and personal behaviors, and are used to determine how companies and individuals abide to policies. To indicate the application of ethical principles in organizations, an analysis is carried out of For-Profit and Non-For-Profit organizations, in this case Bank of America and Boys Club of America. This is by analyzing an ethical dilemma they are experiencing, their approach to the problem, and the legal, political, and social outcomes emerging from this cause of action.

Part One

The Boys Clubs of America is a non-for-profit organization founded in 1860s in Harford, Connecticut Formed with the aim of giving boys who roamed the streets a positive alternative. The club has undergone major changes beginning in 191 when several boys' clubs affiliated to form the federated boys clubs and later the Boys Club of America (BCOA, 2011). It later changed to the Boys and Girls Club of America in 1990 after incorporating girls to fulfill the mission that enables young people, especially those with needs to reach their full potential as caring, responsible, and productive citizens. Currently the club's headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia, with major branches in Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. The clubs employs 51,000 professionals, 218,000 volunteers, and 26,000 board volunteers (BCOA, 2011). The club focuses in key areas of development like leadership, career and education, character, arts, health, and life skills. They also work with specialized programs like Latino outreach, gang and delinquency prevention, and unity among the youth (BCOA, 2011). The organization is based on a congressional charter with the government under title 36, with part of its funds coming from the government and others from member and corporate donations.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of America have been undergoing ethical issues. The club depends on funding from the government and donations made by individuals and corporations. However, during the current economic downturn, the club has found it difficult to maintain several of its clubs across the nation and retain its employees many of whom were volunteers. This led many of the clubs in desperate need of maintenance, as funds were…… [Read More]

Bibliography:
Anonymous. (2009, Dec 16). Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Lowe's Announces $1 Million

Bach, R. (2010, March). A Letter from our Chairman Emeritus: March 2010. Retrieved from Boys and Girls Club of America:  http://www.bgca.org/chairman/Pages/MarchLetterfromOurChairman.aspx 
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Responsibility Project for the Completion of the Essay

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Responsibility Project

For the completion of the task pertaining to the organizational ethics, the responsibility project website is nominated and short film selected is "Hot Seat." The following paper caters to the specification of the movie in full details.

The Responsibility Project

The Situation Highlighted in the Short Film

The short film presents the scenario of a workplace. It is an animated movie that sheds light on the deviant workplace behaviors. With the lack of resources and inter-employee bonding the movie presents a situation where after losing the resource (chair) the employees start an exchange sequence to suffice their needs but leaving the other employee troubled. For a long period of time the similar exchange program was executed and at last a responsible employee finally takes charge and sort out the problem. The last employee fixes the chair for himself and sets back to work. In the five minutes episode presented in the video many organizational related topics were highlighted (Seat, 2008).

Reason of the Issue Being Important

Taken together the findings reveal that there are various factors that contribute to employee behavior in the workplace and individual and organizational characteristics should both be considered when studying employee behavior. The first thing that organizations should take into consideration is that the relationship between the employee and the organization is contractual and therefore organizations and employees should be aware that their actions have legal implications. After understanding the contractual theory one can consider the typology of deviant workplace behavior which provides a vivid description of how both interpersonal and organizational factors contribute to employee behaviors at the workplace. By understanding the signs of minor deviances, organizations can prevent such deviances from converting into major ones. At the same time conflict of interest is also an emerging topic that helps in explaining the deviant workplace behaviors and it attributes employee behavior to both organizational and individual factors, the actual and potential conflict of interest that result in deviant workplace behavior.

Role of External Social Pressures on Organizational Ethics

An employee has a conflict of interest when he or she has an interest that is not according to the interests of the organization and this often results in various…… [Read More]

References:
Bennett, A. (2013, January 30). Risking Your Job to Do the Right Thing. Retrieved from Liberty Mutual: http://responsibility-project.libertymutual.com/blog/risking-your-job-to-do-the-right-thing#fbid=Oun0B6ksqd5

Seat, H. (2008, August 28). Workplace. Retrieved from The Responsibility Project: http://responsibility-project.libertymutual.com/films/hot-seat#fbid=Oun0B6ksqd5