University Lecturer

Dr. Thilan U. Hewage

Collective Responsibility
Though we may not want to agree with ‘collective guilt’ and even ‘collective responsibility’ especially regarding criminal activities, we have been subjected to such ideologies more often than we may have realized. When insurance companies increase the premium for all their clients due to excessive claims of some in the previous year, aren’t we admitting ‘collective responsibility’ for the total cost to the company? When governments bail out big companies using taxpayers’ money under the guise of saving jobs and saving the economy of the country, aren’t we admitting ‘collective responsibility’ for the incompetence and/or the corrupt decisions of the leaders of those establishments and/or the politicians who support them? Considering the crises Sri Lanka is facing at present, there may not be a better time to think about all these questions and find answers so that we can minimize the damage to the country collectively.

Dr. Thilan U. Hewage