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Ask not what country can do for you, ask waht you can do for your country - a good citizenship value

Autor /Dacjan Dodano /10.11.2011

What makes us good citizens? It is hard to answer that question because every person can think about different definition of a good citizen. Many can call themselves good citizens just because they work, pay taxes and obey law. But is it enough? Not for everyone. Good citizens do not serve their own interest but rather understand that their deeds affect the world around them. They serve their families, friends and others in need without prejudice and selfishness. They care about the condition of their community, country and the world. For me actions of a good citizen include protection of the country, education and community service.

All citizens should in same ways help to protect the country they are living in. Be ready to at any moment gave up their live to protect the land where their ancestors lived and where future generations will come into being. But it does not have to be a military protection, but also protection from violence, robbery and other types of crime. Be ready to help police to stop criminals, and create save environment for young people.

Education is another powerful tool to build citizenship values. Through interacting with friends and teachers from kindergarten through university, one can strengthen such virtues as love, care, responsibility, honesty and devotion. One can also accumulate a wealth of knowledge that can help one carry out social, political, economic responsibilities. Education also opens access to new information technologies, technologies that can expand one's knowledge of people in other parts of the world. As one becomes aware of less advantaged people, one can better appreciate and preserve what one has. One might learn from some good examples to effect changes for the better.

Finally community service where some can help to improve the community they are living in; community, the smallest part of the country. Improving community helps to improve the whole country. And we can do it in many ways. Some help members of the community for reasons other than personal gain. Some participate in block watches, others staff help hotlines. Some attend city council meetings, while still others volunteer to help paint houses or pick up trash. Each of these is the example of the work of citizens who care about their country.

We can truly say that good citizens are like small flames combined to make a bright light, light of better future. A swallow may not make a summer; however, individual citizens, joining efforts-whether in a recycling center, a kitchen, a Mathematics lab, or a primary classroom-can build a strong community and country.

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