Being a Global Citizen

The terror occurring in Syria and the threats from Russia and China to any country thinking of intervening in the crisis showcase how volatile the world has become. As we go about our daily lives, thousands of people are dieing because of senseless politics and warfare. How can we become more conscious of the terror of those around us and take seriously the relationship we have with each other as global citizens?

It All Begins In Our Communities
How many of us take the time out to get to know our neighbors and the people in our communities? One of the problems we have worldwide is the fact that many people lack community spirit. When did we chose to neglect the golden rule which states that we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves? When a community is able to live in harmony and resolve conflicts peacefully there crime is drastically reduced. What can you do to make a grater impact in your community?

Hold Political Leaders Accountable
Our politic representatives were elected to look out for the best interests of the people and not their own interests. When things are going horribly wrong in our country, that isn’t the time for us to remain silent! Imagine the power we could have if we spoke out against injustices as a nation….as one people. Look what Martin Luther King Jr. was able to accomplish as a leader of the black empowerment movement. Why can’t we do the same for the challenges we face?

Accept that We Are all Equal
Regardless of the color of your skin or how intelligent you are, you aren’t better than anyone else. We can learn much more from the man on the street side or in the ghetto about life than we could learn from any textbook. When we understand this principle, the pursuit of power becomes unnecessary and the need for violence becomes obsolete.

Be Aware of What is Occurring Globally
Knowledge is power. The more we know about what is going on not only in our own country but globally, the better able we are to consider how we can make an impact. When the earthquake happened in Haiti, many channels became available to make contributions to the rebuilding of the country. Granted, many Haitians are yet to see the benefits of those donations but it was still a way in which people worldwide could contribute to a greater cause that should have enriched the lives of others. You may not be able to make a direct impact but even a small prayer or writing articles to increase awareness can help.

Imagine how different the world would be if we adopted these principles. Death by violence would be non existent and the world would be a much better place. Even though the world may never be perfect, I encourage you to play your part in creating a peaceful and just society. Don’t be a quiet and reclusive citizen. Make a difference.

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