This makes me think of something President Kennedy once said:
"Ask not what your country can do for you -
ask what you can do for your country."
There are numerous that an individual can show citizenship. Here are a few more:
- Follow and respect the rules in your community. This can be at places such as school, home, or any public place.
- Do your part in taking care of the environment. You can do your part by recycling and saving energy.
- Volunteer in community organizations.
- Be respectful to your friends, neighbors, family, etc.
- Help people in need. This could be as simple as helping someone carry their groceries.
- Have a good understanding of the government.
- Be a good person.
All of these things are different ways that you can give back to the community.
There are a whole ton of ways that you can show citizenship, in my opinion.
- If you are old enough, you can vote.
- You can join a club or civic organization.
- You can volunteer at any number of organizations.
- You can write letters to the editor on issues that are important to you.
- You can contact your government representatives on issues that you care about.
- You can go to city council or school board meetings.
- You can act in ways that increase understanding between different groups in the community -- that will often be something you could do by volunteering.
The previous posts were extremely strong. I would merely like to add that a vital element of citizenship is being able to strike a balance between preserving realms of positive liberty and negative liberty. The former has been demonstrated in many of the posts. The idea of joining a club or an organization, or acting in a manner where one's freedom is exhibited is a strong component of citizenship. Yet, there is another defining element to citizenship. This is where individuals acknowledge another's right to be left alone. To act in a manner free of intimidation, harassment, or social encroachment and to stand for allowing others' sense of negative liberty, to be left alone, is something that is vital to a definition of modern citizenship. To act in a manner that represents taking a stand against those who seek to overwhelm others' voices is another aspect of citizenship, preservation of a realm or right to be left alone.
An active citizen is someone who takes an active role in their community. Some way by which you can show citizenship are:
- Volunteering at a homeless shelter. You can volunteer to clean the facility or cook food.
- Donating to an organization that you feel strongly about is another way to display citizenship. Many people donate money at Christmas to their favorite charities to better the community.
- Recycling is another good way to show citizenship. It helps the environment of the community and our planet as a whole.
- You can participate in a fund raising event for a someone or some organization in your community.
- By paying your taxes you are displaying citizenship.
- Participating on a jury is another example.
- Serving in the armed forces is a show of citizenship.
- Obeying the law is a show if citizenship.
- Voting at election time displays citizenship.
- Joining a local club or organization also displays citizenship.
I believe the question requires ways in which a person can display that he or she is a good citizen. Some of the ways for dong this are listed below.
- Voting for election of representatives in government and on other national issues, even when it is not compulsory,
- Keeping oneself informed about about public problems.
- Protecting the environment in which they live. Many of these duties go along with rights.
- Respect and follow the laws of the country.
- Pay taxes honestly.
- Support practices and causes that are in the interest of the society.
- Similarly oppose peacefully, practices and activities that are against the interest of the society.
- Respect the right of others in the society.
- Earn an honest living for self and family.
- Not to dodge special duties such as those of a jury or in the army when required.