Accountability is not about punishment; accountability just means “It’s up to you.
It means that if you broke it, take the responsibility to fix it! And if you can’t fix it yourself, take the responsibility to get help to do so. And if that’s not possible, then make sure you learn something from the situation.
Ultimately, the inherent value of accountability is that it promotes self-reliance & self-improvement. And who couldn’t benefit from a little more of that? 🙂