There may be such a tight relationship between validation and accountability as to imply they are compatible and inseparable as one concept.
Consider these basic definitions:
Accountability – An ability to account to what creates value in the doing – and values in each specific doing.
Validation – The perception that some outcome meets my specifications and fulfills my need (s). It’s how I recognize or affirm the value or worth of [something], making it real.
Both accountability and validation support a need, which judgements of VALUE make real.
- Validate – Being – giving to satisfy needed value
- Accountable – Doing – receive to satisfy needed value
Comparing Values for Accounting Purposes
- Some “thing”
- Another “thing” to which the first “thing” is accountable – a value-based relationship.
In the context of me and my environment, I could say that my environment is accountable to me by supplying me a value or a series of values responding to each of my needs. Conversely, I am accountable to my environment by abiding by its rules as I choose to interpret them as separate from my rules. Always comparing myself to my environment – content in relation to its context.
For example, when asked, “who are you?” I respond: as to my value for doing.
- I am a writer
- I am a wife/husband
- I am six feet tall
- I am a citizen
Each of the above describes a contextual relationship in which I am the content.
Cause and effect illustrate this principle in that being accountable is the essence of a cause weighed against its effect and visa versa. Each aspect in a cause-effect relationship is accountable to the other. And separate!
In summary – accountability exists because I perceive separation that I make real through validation. I then manipulate these “real values” in order to create the appearance of reality. So that I don’t have to consciously work at this, I set the process on automatic – bias. Specifically…
Confirmation bias = I am that which I validate
Consider – through accountability the universe validates that to which I give attention. My feedback provides me evidence that confirms my perception of that to which I give attention.
Ultimately, this takes me to some important equations…
Validation = justified rightness
Justified rightness = accountability
Accountability = Validation
I didn’t say these were true equations.