Essay about Citizenship, A Right And A Responsibility?.
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When I think of America I think of freedom and citizenship. The right to vote or the right of free speech are aspects that, as citizens, we posses. Being born in America automatically gives you these rights and many more, and most importantly, you become a citizen. Now, with citizenship comes responsibility such as obeying the law and paying taxes. So if you follow these simple rules does this make you an effective citizen? This question, in my opinion, is almost impossible to answer for a number of reasons, which will be addressed in the following paper. It was extremely hard to come up with a clear cut answer as to what an effective citizen entails. I grappled with this term through many drafts and in…show more content…
In their mind, if they were in a state of nature then they would not have to abide by such laws. As John Locke pointed out, we all are here for the preservation of mankind. We make these sacrifices for protection and, in the end, not only benefit the individual but also benefit the community, society, or nation. (Locke, pgs. 170-171, 180-186). So each citizen, in order to (in Abraham Lincoln’s word’s) form a more perfect union, must make certain sacrifices which in the end, not only helps you but helps others, this is one of our responsibilities as citizens. Finally, in regards to this paragraph, someone who DOES fulfill his or her responsibilities, are good citizens, but that is not the whole definition of a good citizen, it is simply one part of a bigger picture.
The question can now be raised, if one follows and fulfills these responsibilities does that really make them a good citizen? If a person follows the laws and pays his or her taxes, does that make them a good or effective citizen? In my opinion, it all depends upon the person defining the term effective citizenship. Each person has different beliefs and or values and these effect there
definition on effective citizenship. One person might believe that to be a good citizen all one has to do is obey all of the “big laws”, i.e. murder and stealing, and pay their taxes, this makes them a good citizen. Another side that one might take is that a good citizen has to follow all laws including social laws like
453 words essay on Good Citizens. The word ‘citizen’ has many meanings. A citizen may be a town dweller, different from a village. He may be a member of a city. It may also mean the subject of a sovereign state.
In this sense, a person may be an English citizen, or an Indian citizen or an American citizen. In whatever sense this word is used, the citizen is the ‘person who has certain duties and responsibilities along with rights and privileges. While he has all the right to participate in the political, legal, judicial, social, economic and religious affairs of the country, he has the responsibility to have regard and respect for the culture and heritage of the country, maintain social harmony and love and not to do any such thing which may hurt the public sentiments and spoil peace and harmony in society. He needs to take care of the weak and poor. He should be loyal and dutiful to society.
First of all, a good citizen should be very loyal to the country of his birth. He should have great concern for his motherland. He should see his country above everything. He should always be ready to protect his country if there is a need to do so. He should be prepared to risk his life for the sake of his motherland. He should be ready to sacrifice everything for his country. He needs to be a nationalist.
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A good citizen is required to be law-abiding. He should have firm faith in the law of his country. He should not do anything that goes beyond the law of the country. He should seek the redressal of his grievances in law of the country. He has no sympathy for those who break the law. In fact, he is aware to help the administrative machinery against those who create law and order problem. He thinks above the self- interest.
A good citizen has great respect for the tradition and culture of his country. He has regard for the heroes, saints, seers and their teachings. He tries to follow the tradition and learn good qualities from the great souls. He takes pride to be born in his country. He works hard to change the lot of his people. He helps the poor and needy. He is a cooperative neighbour, an aware citizen and a sincere, hardworking and dutiful person. He is always vigilant against the anti-social elements and criminals. He also makes others aware of their duties and responsibilities.
A good citizen is a man of good habit and noble thinking. He promotes peace and harmony in society. He has respect for others’ faiths and beliefs and does nothing to offend others. He is cooperative, friendly, selfless and humble.