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  • We often interact with people based on how we feel about them. Relationships require obligation. We are obligated to our boyfriends or girlfriends, our family members, our co-workers, teachers, friends, neighbors, maybe even the strangers we just met. The nature and extent of a relationship can be looked at in terms of obligation. We do have legal (and sometimes) moral obligations to other people we interact with, as defined by our relationships with them. Furthermore, these obligations are more important the less close we are to people, because we are less likely to care personally for their interests.

    If we cannot depend on those who are able to help, who can we depend on? I have obligations to others because they care for me, therefore these obligations don't bother me too much. When those obligations are what we choose, they are no longer obligations, but actions in accordance with the values we hold.
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