n., pl. -ties.
- An act or a course of action that is
required of one by position, social custom, law, or
religion: Do your duty to your country.
- Moral obligation: acting out of
- The compulsion felt to meet such
- A service, function, or task assigned
to one, especially in the armed forces: hazardous duty.
- Function or work; service: jury
duty. See synonyms at function.
- A tax charged by a government,
especially on imports.
- The work performed by a machine
under specified conditions.
- A measure of efficiency expressed
as the amount of work done per unit of energy used.
- The total volume of water required to
irrigate a given area in order to cultivate a specific crop
From American Heritage Dictionary
Such a simple word. Now that you
have seen the formal definition take a moment to think about
what it means to you.
What is your duty to your
country? To vote? To serve in the armed forces? To help your
candidate campaign? To run for office? To write letters to the
editor? Serve on a jury? Volunteered with an organization that
helped to serve at least a portion of the country? Follow the
laws of the land?
What is your duty to religion
(God, Goddess, or supreme entity of your beliefs)? Do you have
to spread a message? Do the right thing? Follow the traditions?
Live your life in a certain way?
What is your duty to family?
Spend holidays together? Buy gifts? Provide for them? Care for
them? Be there for them? Give of yourself to them?
What is your duty to self? Care
for yourself physically (eat right; exercise; see a doctor when
you need to; take prescribed medications)? Care for yourself
mentally (taking time for yourself; getting the sleep you need;
taking a vacation day or two)? Care for yourself spiritually
(meditate and/or pray, follow your religion; study more about
your beliefs) Care for yourself intellectually (Do a puzzle;
Read a book; take a class)
The answers to these questions
are different for all of us. Reading them has caused you to have
to think about your a lot of things. Now think to yourself have
you done your duty? Iím sure most of you are like me and can say
that you have done your duty in the past, but in some areas you
have also failed to do your duty. Think then act, what can you
do fulfill your many obligations of duty? If you have a conflict
of duty how do you deicide what level is more important?
one of the values we set for ourselves. It is also a value
others observe and use to assess us based upon their own values.
Now are you part of the decline of societies values? Are you
proud of your values? Do you respect people of similar values?