Social and Ethical Responsibility is a big complex idea, and there are so many ways to look at and understand this concept. As a group we recognized this and therefore broke it down into the parts we felt were at the core of its definition. The following are the parts we choose: Assumption, Privilege, Individual & Collective, and Value Systems.
Most all of us would likely agree that we all make assumptions. It's very probable too, that most would agree that assumptions can be positive or negative, healthy or unhealthy--to put it another way.
When we make assumptions about others that are tied to views about an person's integrity, character or motivation, we would be wise to guard our thinking patterns.
Ways to Guard our Thinking Patterns Concerning our own Assumptions
A lot of our assumptions tied to that of other individuals and groups can be traced back to our own tendency to want to understand, or presume upon, one's motivation. Therefore, asking questions, when relevant, being patient and allowing things "to play out" can often prove useful for protecting ourselves and others from forming potentially harmful assumptions.
Something (fun?) to Think About
The first week of our class each person was called upon to say their name but first add a descriptive word in front of it, also beginning with the same latter as our name. The picture above is the actual notepad on which I jotted down each person's name, as they said it. It might be interesting to review the list again now, at the conclusion of the course.
Individual & Collective
Systems of Value