My Interpretation of Global Citizenship
When starting to think and write about how I feel about global citizenship, I felt extremely intrigued and interested in this topic because it turned out that it involves many of the ideas that my world outlook is built of. But then I faced a question that was hard to give an answer to straight away – what is global citizenship? What does it mean to be a global citizen? Is every person living on this planet a global citizen or is it a privilege of enlightened and chosen ones?
Actually, it is nor the first, nor the second. One thing is clear – global citizenship is not an official entry in ones passport, providing a status and rights. Global citizenship is more like a state of mind, a way of thinking and a viewpoint based on universal, international, intercontinental and intercultural values. These values are the place we all call home – the Earth and us – the people inhabiting it. Basically, global citizenship is a philosophy promoting humanity, equality, diversity, tolerance, protection of the environment and responsibility for the world surrounding us.
A global citizen is someone who sees the world as a unite entity, instead of seeking for national, cultural, racial and gender differences, someone who feels responsibility not only as a citizen of a country, but also as a part of the global society. It is someone who feels the Earth and the environment around him or her as something of a great value, tends towards an understanding of different cultures and creating harmony between people.…
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