Thank you all for your input whichever side of the fence you reside on.
I found this extremely interesting debate, although a large majority of you didn't follow my train of thought with regard to the question. I was not thinking in the terms of how one treats the home they live in, whether they rent or own it. I was thinking in broader terms:
This is what I think:
I am strictly of the believe that it is wrong to pigeon hole people because of any factor of their lives.
I think that every person in every walk of life, in every financial circumstance, of every religious belief, of every race, of every nation, in any country, in any family circumstance .... EVERY PERSON can be responsible regardless of their place in life.
I don't think that every Arab is a suicide bomber.
I don't think that every gay man loves Gucci.
I don't think that every solo mother is irresponsible.
I don't think that every married couple with 2.5 children, a white picket fence, 2 incomes, a mortgage and a Toyota Prado are the model that society should strive to attain.
I think there are plenty of responsible people that choose to live their lives in a million different variable ways, their financial choices do not make them wise nor do they make them better than anybody else in any aspect of their lives.
I don't think that being a homeowner gives you any more entitlement to enjoy a dog as part of your family.
I don't think that as you move up the salary ladder that you are going to be able to be a better parent or pet owner.
I don't believe that financial security makes you a more responsible person - exhibit a: all the big bankers that are sitting pretty and are the cause of the state of the world's economic issues at the moment.
Responsibility is more about being accountable, about taking pride, about making sure that you are doing the best you can with what you have.
There are house bus dwelling hippies with 8 children and a staffy in tow that are a million times more responsible than some homeowners.
I believe that being a good parent is responsible.
I think that choosing to not terminate your baby just because you don't own a home or have a nest egg to support it is responsible.
Not too many centuries ago we all lived in a whole different way than we do now. Was the King of the Land more responsible because he owned the land than the peasant out in the fields toiling on the land to feed the village and his family?
This world is an extremely judgemental place and it was not so many centuries ago that many pagan spiritual women were burned at the stake for what was deemed as witchcraft.
I believe that we all have the capability to be responsible regardless of any of our extrinsic or intrinsic factors in our lives. So go forth, be responsible, have the odd bout of irresponsible behaviour too, it's good for the soul.