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What is the reponsibility of a citizen?

Original post made by Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood, on Jun 14, 2010

Anonymous posters on this Forum have suggested that only residents of a defined community have the "right' to comment on issues occurring in "their" community.

My view is that all citizens share a collective responsibility to ensure that each and every individual community receives the scrutiny and the support which it deserves from any and every citizen who can help that community in its role of service. Do our individual boundaries of concern stop at some arbitrary line on the map? Does what happens in East Palo Alto or Menlo Park or Afghanistan not concern citizens who do not live in those communities? Are we truly so isolationist that we don't care what happens to other citizens in other communities? Should we turn our backs on issues that don't impact us personally but which in some small way effect the community of mankind?

I would welcome critical responses from those who think that we have no responsibility beyond ourselves, or our family, or our neighborhood, or our political jurisdiction, or even our Nation.

Convince me that we are all not in the same very big boat.

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