What is a Global Citizen?

What is a Global Citizen? Hmmm, interesting question. Before delving into that term, one must define what exactly a citizen first and foremost is. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a citizen is: “an inhabitant of a city or town; especially : one entitled to the rights and privileges of a freeman.” So if one were to add the context of “Global” before that definition, we are left with an individual who inhabits this planet and is entitled to the, “rights and privileges of a freeman.” This blogger is an American citizen. He grew up in the best country in the world; or so he was told. A country were you can be whoever you want and you will never be denied access to something based on race, religion, or sex. This standard is disgustingly ignored in other countries around the world. So when we talk about Global Citizenship, one must realize that is does not yet fully exist all around this planet.

A step in the right direction is being taken by the current United States President, Barrack Obama. When he took office, he brought a new view of the U.S. to the world, one in which put global citizenship at a higher priority.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REnSUruqeNw

So where does that leave us? Us as in college students who are eager to make a difference in the world. This is where the trickle down theory does not work. Growing the network of global citizens is a grassroots effort. It starts with re-educating people globally so that the definition of a global citizen i.e. – an individual who inhabits this planet and is entitled to the rights and privileges of a freeman, is ingrained into every society.

In terms of this blogger being a global citizen on a scale of 1-10, I would place myself at somewhere between a 7 and 8. My views are somewhat compromising but allow me to explain if you will. The United States of America is a Capitalist country, with a free market economy and strong military. While I believe in being fiscally responsible, not paying for things we do not have the money for; I also believe you cannot save judgment on an individual. I am an American, just like the farmer from New Mexico or the fisherman from Maine. This is what every citizen in this country has in common. Our allegiance is to the United States of America. While I am 100% for a free world, where in every country there are opportunities provided like there are in this one, I understand that as Americans we cannot always get what we want from the outside world. There is going to be dictators, there is going to be communists, there is going to be militant regimes.

This is an incredibly difficult issue to deal with, globally. We are such a different planet in terms of culture and language that communication is a very hard task to make universal. What right does an American have to tell a Saudi that women should be able to dress in whichever way they please? This is where personal accountability and self respect comes in. If this blogger knows that he has done everything he can to ensure that the people he affects are, “entitled to the, “rights and privileges of a freeman,” then I able to sleep peacefully at the end of the day.

 

-HCJ

 

Work Citied:

“Merriam-Webster Dictionary – Citizen

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/citizen ”

 

“Barack Obama Explains the Virtue of Global Citizenship.” YouTube. YouTube, 26 July 2008. Web. 05 June 2013.

 

 

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One Comment

  1. Posted June 8, 2013 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    I read many of the comments that were posted on the video you linked…some interesting blushes on the topic of national v. global citizenship.
    Your thoughts are challenging to me: “He [you] grew up in the best country in the world; or so he was told. A country were you can be whoever you want and you will never be denied access to something based on race, religion, or sex. This standard is disgustingly ignored in other countries around the world. So when we talk about Global Citizenship, one must realize that is does not yet fully exist all around this planet.” Do you actually believe this? People in the US are everyday denied access based on race, religion and sex. Though in most cases this is not legal, it happens. Your comment “This standard is disgustingly ignored in other countries around the world.” needs to be clarified, documented and defended.