Assignment 2_Jinbo

Throughout my short research on what it means to be a global citizen, one of the most common concepts was being aware of the world, having a sense of individual’s own role as a world citizen along with keeping in mind that what one does affects other people in different world (Oxfam). Here’s an example that supports this statement. I didn’t have any impressive things on my resume, so I started to do some community services when I was a first year student in high school. Although I ended up volunteering more than 800 hours throughout my high school,  I didn’t know what made me kept going until I learned the idea of having a servant’s heart. When you help someone or even do something, you have to be satisfied with what you are doing even if your role is insignificant. For instance, When I volunteered at a local soup kitchen, I worked in a bathroom cleaning. One day I realized, As I was cleaning the bathroom, other employees had more time taking care of visitors. Since the employees had more time, they treated the visitors better, making the visitors happier. At the end of the day, I could think of working in a bathroom helped making the visitors happy. Back to the point, being aware of how the world works and knowing what’s going on internationally are important elements for a global citizen. However, the most important element is that doing and acting one’s best locally or globally. That is, because the best thing we can do for this planet is not producing a mess. There is no inherent tension between one’s status as a national citizen and being a global citizen, but there are limitations caused by national citizenship. Because people around the world have different circumstances such as censorship, affordability, and accessibilityto the media.

For some people, they can’t afford to be global citizens. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, people who are struggling for basic needs don’t have time or energy to work as global citizens (Arcaro 2). The concept of being a global citizen is a luxury to them. For those who have taken care of their basic needs, so-called, people who are in the higher on pyramid, should step up and practice their Noblesse Oblige. Statistically, people in the United States tend to be on higher on pyramid than those who live in countries in Africa who are struggling for their basic needs. In the article, Beyond the Pledge of Allegiance: Becoming a Responsible World Citizen by Dr. Tom Arcaro, the idea of Noblesse Oblige is well described, “With great privilege comes great responsibility (Arcaro 2).” Similar idea can be found in Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s guiding values: All lives-no matter where they are being lived-have equal value. To whom much is given, much is expected (Arcaro 2). Besides Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, the most successful investor of 21st century, is a great example of a global citizen. One of the wealthiest people, Warren Buffett pledged to give 99% of his wealth to philanthropy (Buffet 2010). When a lot of wealthy people do not share their wealth and try to keep their status, Warren Buffett is stepping up and and setting himself as a good role-model. Buffett’s unselfish and charitable deed is one way to contribute to the world. These two questions made me think about Buffett as an exemplary global citizen:(1)Does Warren Buffett have to donate 99% of his wealth? (2)How often do we see the top 1% give back to their society? As the ultimate goal of being a global citizen is to make our world more harmonious, fair, and peaceful place, Warren Buffett has affected a gradual evolution in human institutions (Arcaro 18). Even if a person was affected by Buffet and changes his perspectives, Buffet’s contribution to the world is worth it.

Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire. Schindler's List

Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.
Schindler’s List

I liked the video PSA as it is made to be appealing to people. I get the point of this video but how are we going to make our world a better place by being global citizens? Many people can preach, but not many people can practice and act what they are preaching. With that being said, I would place myself around 5.5 on a global citizenship scale from 0-10. The video would’ve been much better if the video added some actions that global citizens do locally or globally. To me, a global citizen is like a bridge that connects different people and their cultures and beliefs. It’s an active movement that tries to narrow the gap of our world and reaches out our attentions to the people in need.

 

References:

Arcaro et al. “Understanding the Global Experiences: Becoming a Responsible Global Citizen” Pearson, 2009.

Buffett, Warren. “My philanthropic pledge.” CNN Money.  (2010):

<http://money.cnn.com/2010/06/15/news/newsmakers/Warren_Buffett_Pledge_Letter.fortune/>

“What is global citizenship?.” Oxfam Education. Oxfam, http://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/global-citizenship

 

 

 

 

 

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8 Comments

  1. Posted June 9, 2013 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    there are countless ways to explain why there’s a class struggle and inequality in our planet. In psychological and sociological terms, one of the reasons is that humans are selfish in general. Like the professor stated, there are no logical ways that wealthy elites can spend their money that comes from people and resources from our planet.
    I tried to say when a lot of wealthy people do not share their wealth with their society by keeping their wealthy lineage, Warren Buffett is stepping up and and setting himself as a good role-model. Buffett’s unselfish and charitable deed is one way to contribute to the world. these two questions made me think about Buffett as an exemplary global citizen:(1)Does Warren Buffett have to donate 99% of his wealth? (2)How often do we see the top 1% give back to their society?

  2. Posted June 9, 2013 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Isn’t it the right to pass on one’s patrimony to one’s descendents? I agree that capitalism has created an obscenely wealthy super-class of people, but you seem to imply that inheritance is somehow not a basic tenet of society.

  3. Posted June 8, 2013 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    I agree with you on Warren Buffett’s giving back. However, there are wealthy people who refused to give back and try to pass their wealth to their descendants. I don’t think it’s about money. people don’t share even if they have a lot of money. It’s a comepetitive and capitalistic society that we are living in. No matter how much Buffett has, it’s his money. Maybe it’s something that Buffett should have been done, but I give him accolades for acting what he has been preaching. Not many people can do that.

  4. Posted June 8, 2013 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    Interesting -and appropriately self-reflective- set of reflections on being a global citizen!

    A thought about Warren Buffet: you can’t take it with you. We all die, and the harsh fact is that with that much money there is no way that he could spend even a tiny fraction of it even if he tried. The wealth came from the people and resources of the planet, and rightfully they must be returned. Does he deserve accolades for doing only that should have been done?

  5. Posted June 6, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    While I don’t envy your bathroom cleaning experience, I know the feeling you are trying to convey. Feeling like you’re part of something bigger and contributing in a meaningful, even if not overtly visible, way is part of the global citizen’s mindset. Personally, I think that understanding global citizenship puts you at a 5; like you mentioned many simply don’t have the means to act. However, you have already volunteered significant time helping others. I’d put you over a 5.

  6. Posted June 5, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    I thought it was really interesting how you mentioned about all of the community service work you did in high school. I thought it was neat that you kept going when you had so many hours already. What I really liked in your post was how you connected cleaning a bathroom with visitors being treated better. Your positive correlation definitely makes sense and it is true that doing a small, simple task can really make a difference in the grand scheme of things. It goes to show that any action, no matter how big or small, that is taken to help another person(s) really does make a difference.

  7. Posted June 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    I really liked that you brought up the concern that not everyone can become active global citizens because their daily survival must obviously take priority. I think that they can still have a positive influence in other smaller ways by at the very least contemplating issues beyond their borders, and focusing on their individual actions as best they can.

  8. Posted June 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    I like that you brought up the fact that not everyone is capable of being a global citizen. When you think about it, the global citizen movement is trying to help everyone attain that self actualization and in turn produce more global citizens.