Essay: Responsibility to the Others according to Levinas

Levinas postulates thus that we have a specific and significant responsibility to the others in our lives, be they young or old. In order to reach a point where we say that we have overcome ourselves, or we have overcome being, we need to get to a point where when this responsibility calls, we will be more than willing to accept the call.

This is better illustrated by the following example. Say for instance that an employee has done something that was malicious and hurtful to you. You figure that since that employee did what he did, it will only be fair if you pay back in kind, and the best way is to withhold that month’s pay from them. This is despite the fact that they deserve every penny you were to pay them. Your responsibility to your employee will recognize the fact that what you are about to do to them is wrong, and will thus desist from doing it, w3hatever your reasons and justifications.

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