Essay On Being A Good Citizen

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What exactly does it mean to be a citizen? What does it mean to be a “good” citizen? How can possessing good citizenship allow you to live a “rich” lifestyle? One might define a citizen as a person that lives in a certain area, but having citizenship means being involved in the community and having a positive impact on the people around you. Others, like Paul Rogat Loeb in Soul of a Citizen, may describe being a citizen as one that is active in community or global activities. In Loeb’s work, he states what it is like to be a part of something as a citizen; and why a lot of people are almost afraid of becoming social activists, possessing good citizenship, and earning a rich lifestyle. Possessing citizenship is partaking in community events, getting involved with the community and global issues. By participating in events or causes, even in a lesser way, you are in a sense living a rich life. Even though there are certainly other qualities to living a rich life besides being a good citizen, if one is a good citizen, they are actually living life…show more content…
Saying this, Loeb states that what motivates people to be kind is the desire to respect themselves, which all ties back to living a rich life. So, is it possible to be kind to others and still not be qualified as a good citizen, or does a person simply have to be active in social standings? What exactly is a good citizen? When it comes to the topic of what it means to be a good person or a good citizen, most of us will agree that it means to be kind, thoughtful, or helpful to others. Where this argument usually ends, however, is with the question of the person, if they are truly being kind or just having a face. Whereas some are convinced that if you are not active in community involvement or you aren’t kind to every person you meet, you are not living life rich. Others maintain that you just need to keep yourself happy, despite
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