I think that one of the things that will stick with me after this semester is the concept of responsibility diffusion. I commute to the U every day from Champlin, so I spend a little more than 2 hours on the bus every day going to and from campus. One of my biggest pet peeves on buses is when young healthy individuals don't offer to give up their seat to elderly, handicapped, or people with some other condition that would prevent them from being able to stand on the bus comfortably for the duration of their ride. I always make it a point to be the first one to offer up my seat to anyone that looks like they would need it more than I would, but all too often after I give up my seat, there are still others in need of seats and all the other riders just pretend not to notice. Maybe in the future I should ask individuals if they would give up their seats to make them feel more responsible and eliminate the diffusion of responsibility. If anyone reading this has the opportunity to give up their seat to someone else in need please do so. I sustained serious back injuries in combat in Afghanistan and am a card-carrying Disabled Veteran, if I can give up my seat, so can you.
Responsibility diffusion on metro transit
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