Duty
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Duty: Obligation; something that somebody is obliged to do for moral, legal, or religious reasons. Need to meet obligations: the urge to meet moral or religious obligations. Allocated task: a task or service allocated to somebody, especially in the course of work.1

To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” Buddha quotes (Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563 483 B.C.)

We have a duty to our county, to our family, and to all good things. Moral duty is something that plays a part in all of our lives. Duty is a universal moral law that everyone is under. We have a moral responsibility that goes further than just duty to our families. These duties also go to our neighbors, community, and nation.

Duties to our families are important to almost everyone. When ranching and farming were the main source of income and food everyone in the family pitched in to help. That was the reason to have big families. Everyone in the family has a part to play and duties to fulfill: Dads may be the main financial provider for the family; moms may be the cook and take care of the children; kids take care of the chores that may need to be done to make this family an asset to the community.

Duties in the family also go beyond just making a functional household. They take care of each other when someone may be sick or injured. The families’ duties are above all to help each other when there is a need.

The moral duty to our neighbors is that we need to help each other out when we are in a time of need. It is said in the Bible “to treat our neighbors as ourselves“. The neighbor is more than just a person living next door to you. This neighbor is a person that you come into contact with and get to know. You don’t know when you may be in need of some assistance, and you would want someone to lend you a hand. We need to at least try to offer assistance to someone if they fall down, whether or not they accept the help. Duty is to help people in the time of need without feeling as though they need to get something in return for their service.

Duty to our community and to our nation comes in many different degrees such as serving in the military or volunteering in a local organization. In these duties we are able to make a contribution to stand for something that is right or for something that is good. Duty plays a lot in what makes our communities a nation. Many will go and fight for the freedom and values that tie our country and communities together. However, not everyone needs to join the military to show their duty to their country. As a community we have a duty to make sure that the rest of the city is taken care of and not struggling. I find duty to be more than an obligation to do the right thing. It is a moral code that keeps everyone from living strictly for themselves.

We have a duty to all good things. Duty is to hold honor and is a representation of families and countries. Cicero says that duty comes with being human and from your own moral expectations. I think this is true; as a person you have specific obligations that you need to fulfill. Everybody has different standards for what they find to be important. Not everyone needs to fulfill their duty in the same way but with the same outcome in mind, the good to all people.

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As people live among each other we have shared duties to the community(#),to family(#),to justice(#), truth(#), friendship(#), and to patriotism.

“The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure.”Albert Einstein quotes (German born American Physicist who developed the special and general theories of relativity. Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921. 1879-1955)

1Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2004 Microsoft Corporation.

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