The Obligation

Recently, a friend of mine brought up another fade-less topic - how to deal with feeling that you have to act the way others expect you to.

Once we identified it as a lack of self-love problem, I said the great words – You never have to do what others want you to do. You always have a choice.

She immediately slapped me with an answer that this is not true, how long would your boss tolerate you with this kind of attitude... ;D

Q:   The question I have for Ka today is, what does the word obligation mean to you?


Definition from Oxford Languages:
- an act or course of action to which a person is morally or legally bound; a duty or commitment."I have an obligation to look after her"

  • the condition of being morally or legally bound to do something."they are under no obligation to stick to the scheme"

  • a debt of gratitude for a service or favour."she didn't want to be under an obligation to him"

Definition from Word Web:

- the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force;

...and my favourite - Wikipedia (excerpt from full article)

"An obligation is a course of action that someone is required to take, whether legal or moral. Obligations are constraints; they limit freedom. People who are under obligations may choose to freely act under obligations. Obligation exists when there is a choice to do what is morally good and what is morally unacceptable." Ross, Ralph (1970) 

... there was an interesting note I found in the "Talk" card on this page -  "This article was nominated for deletion on 6 September 2012 (UTC)." - Why would that be? I am sure there was a good reason for it, other than the one I suspect.