Midterm_Do You Think You Are a Global Citizen?

We live in a generation where people can go almost anywhere on earth within 24 hours. The world has gotten smaller as it is called ‘Global Village.’ Nevertheless, a lot of people in the world still suffer from inequality and unfairness. Approximately half the world live less than $2.50 a day and the world’s 1,210 current billionaires hold a combined wealth half as much as the total wealth of the 3.01 billion adults around the world. What does this have to do with being a global citizen? The goal of global citizens should be to make our world  a better place with more equality. This can be achieved by being more aware, sacrificing, and doing actual actions rather than just discussing in a table.

First, global citizens should be more aware about current issues. As our world has gotten smaller, we see people suffering more frequently around the world through the media. People can’t just send their money away after they watch some emotional videos from humanitarian organizations or from NGOs. The TOMS shoes that people bought to help children eventually made more people in pain and in worse positionsIf people really want to help, they have to keep their eyes open and be more aware of where their money actually goes.

Global citizens have to think critically. Their emotional but impulsive actions should not surpass their logical thoughts. Having a good intention itself will not help anyone. Wealthy people will try their best to keep their status. They will do anything including manipulating the media and playing with money behind the scene. In Emergency Sex, the three main characters reveal the ugly truth about the United Nations and its corrupted status. Although there had been reports about the UN’s corruptions including the oil-for-food program, hearing stories from actual employees from the UN is realistically surprising and disappointing. The three main characters, Heidi, Cain, and Thomson have sacrificed what they have and decided to fight against the corruption by spreading the truth. More people will know about the corruption and the point of the fight was not just blaming everthing on the UNThey argue that the UN and their framework and organizational structure have to be reformed. If more people are aware of their weaknesses, the UN will be more likely to fix their problems and become a better organization for the humanity as it ought to be. Somebody has to sacrifice.

I know this well, that if one thousand, if one hundred, if ten men whom I could name — if ten honest men only — ay, if one HONEST man, in this State of Massachusetts, ceasing to hold slaves, were actually to withdraw from this copartnership, and be locked up in the county jail therefor, it would be the abolition of slavery in America. For it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever (Thoreau).

Last but not least, a global citizenship should not be ended at a table. A lot of people can have broad knowledge about international matters, but not many of them actually seek to do anything about the matters they encounter every day. In The Crisis Caravan, James Morris, the executive director of the World Food Program quoted, “Occasionally, I have thought the worst place for a hungry child to live in Africa today is a country that is at peace with its neighbors and relatively stable” (Polman). Our media doesn’t cover a peaceful town in Africa. They rather report on the potentially profitable regions where a lot of stories can be made. No matter how many poor children dying in a peaceful town, people will not even know they exist while they know who is Joseph Kony. Being a global citizen is like being a bridge. A bridge that connects different people, cultures, and beliefs. A bridge that helps connecting a small town in Africa where the media never covers, to people who want to help. It’s the movement that tries to narrow the gap of our world, to make our world a better place.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

References

Arcaro, Tom. “Beyond the Pledge of Allegiance: Becoming a Responsible World Citizen.”

Cain, Kenneth, Heidi Postlewait, and Andrew Thomson. Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures: A True Story From Hell on Earth. New York: Hyperion, 2004. Print.

Polman, Linda. The Crisis Caravan. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2010. Print.

Thoreau, Henry David. Walden and “Civil Disobedience”. New York: Signet  Classics, 1980. Print.

 

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