Essays On Being A Good Citizen
A citizen is a person who lives in a particular country for a long time. He may be born in the country or not but, by virtue of his long stay in the country he earns the right to the citizenship of the country and starts being so called.
The basic difference in the acquired citizenship after stay and that of being a citizen by birth is that, when a person acquires it, it is to be by an application for the same. When a person is born in a place, he is automatically a citizen of it, and does not have to apply for it.
Now, as we all know that man, no matter where he stays, in the family, in the society, in the office or in the country, he has some obligations towards them. These obligations of an individual are called duties.
Thus, in all his activities, man has some duties, and so as a citizen also man has some obligations to the country of his citizenship. In this Essay we will discuss the duties of a man as a citizen of a country.
When a person belongs to a particular country whether the country of his birth or the country that he has adopted due to a long stay, it is to be remembered that, the country has nurtured him.
He has grown there, avails of all facilities and advantages that accrue to the people of the country and has been granted all kinds of rights of the citizens of that country.
This is given to an individual because it is all necessary for the healthy growth of the individual. If he was not to be given that, he may not have been able to grow to his full bloom. This much is fine, but, this is only one side of the coin of citizenship.
When on the one hand an individual is given so much, the other side of the coin would obviously be to clarify and express his duties. For, let us never forget that, all rights have their corresponding duties.
Every right that a human being enjoys in any sphere of life, there are his corresponding duties that go hand in hand with these rights. Thus, on the one hand are the rights of the citizen and the other side are his duties.
A good citizen has to fulfill several duties in order to honestly enjoy all his rights. The first duty of a good citizen is to understand his rights and enjoy them but, with wisdom and an analytical mind. He must be loyal to the country that gives him all that it has, to enjoy and grow.
He must consider the country of his living, as his own mother, for, just like the mother helps a child to grow, so does the country provide for him all that he needs to grow in every way, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Then when a country gives so much, is it not its right to demand loyalty from the individual? How can the country ever expect or accept disloyalty from a man it helps live and grow.
How can disloyalty to a mother be accepted? Such breach of faith and loyalty, to my mind should be considered as a grave offence. Besides, can we ever disown a mother? Thus a good citizen is one who is always found to be proud of belonging to his country - whether of birth or after living.
The second quality of a good citizen is that he should always follow all the laws of the land meticulously with the greatest of caution. He should never be found breaking or flouting any law.
He must love and respect all his fellow citizens who are to him like his brothers and sisters. The society in which the good citizen lives, must feel his presence as a good person, a reliable person and as a loving and helpful person. He himself must be a good brother/sister to the others living in that country.
Besides being good, a duty of a good citizen also extends to his helping in the development of the country of his residence, because of the simple reason that, it is his, it belongs to him. Respect for all that belongs to that country is also one great quality expected from a good citizen.
Thus, a good citizen is one who adjusts with his environment, lives up to the expectations of his fellowmen, according to all norms and rules of the country. He does not act in any way that brings any sort of dishonor to the country. With all these essential qualities, any individual belonging to any country can be called a good citizen. A citizen fulfilling these norms will be termed as a good citizen in any country.
To be a good citizen, is very important. There are citizens, but everybody cannot be a good citizen. A good citizen needs to absorb many qualities. That he has some duties and responsibilities to bear is true, but at the same time he also enjoys some rights and privileges as a citizen of a free state. While he has every right to participate in the judicial, legal, political, religious and social affairs of the nation, he also has some responsibilities that is, not to injure the sentiments of others and to protect the weak against strong. To stand by state, under all the constitution, is his first and primary duty which he must perform.
A good citizen must be ready to sacrifice everything for the sake of his motherland. He is also required to be a patriot and nationalist. He should have firm and deep faith in the welfare of his motherland. He has to obey law and order. But he has to also keep in his heart, the good of the country, the welfare of the state, and the good of the society. A good citizen must respect the cultural heritage of his country. He will have to respect the heroes, the prophet, the sages and saints of his country. He must respect the race which has given him birth. He must always keep in mind the future of his country. He must raise the standard of living if his country by working honestly, and should always be honest towards his duty.
At the time of hostility from foreigners, he must be ready to shed his blood for the sake of his motherland. As a result, defense of the country is the ultimate duty of a good citizen. A good citizen must live in peace and harmony with his neighbors and fellow citizens. He must love the institutions of his country, and must always respect the laws of the state and should have no tolerance for those who are criminals.
A good citizen always works for the unity. He should work for the unity of the country. Good will for other races, protection for the weak, help for the victims, understanding and kind consideration to his fellow citizens, are all things that are needed in a good citizen. A good citizen must have a spirit of cooperation, friendliness, and dedication for his fellow citizens. He must respect other faiths, and not do something which brings disgrace to his society or to his country.
THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A GOOD CITIZEN
These include the duty to back the government, to vote in elections, provide public services to institutions of government and to review and question governmental decisions.
To have the freedoms that we have, we must fund our government agencies. The Departments of Health, Defense, Education, Housing etc, all exist to make the citizens’ lives better. To enjoy trouble free lives, the citizen must pay taxes.
Voting in elections is the only way citizens can stay free. When citizens fail to vote or have political opinions, they allow vested interests to have their way. This can restrict their personal freedoms.
It also the responsibility of a free citizen to provide public service to the government. This means volunteering for various agencies and charities, but it also means to serve jury duty. Without this component, people will most certainly lose the opportunity to be judged by a jury of their peers.
Finally, it is a citizen’s duty to scrutinize the government’s actions and take stands against oppression and the loss of their civil rights. When citizens get too unworried, they will not notice when their freedom is being abridged. To make sure that none of these negative things happen, the citizens of a society must act in an active productive way be interested in what is going on around them, and be aware and participate in the changes they may face.