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Traits of a Good Citizen
Transcript of Traits of a Good Citizen
--devoted love, support, and defense of one's country; national loyalty.
-ac·count·a·bil·i·ty [uh-koun-tuh-bil-i-tee] -noun
--the state of being accountable, liable, or answerable.
By: Kimmy Wrobel
What Are Good Citizens?
-Well first off, just because you're a citizen, doesn't make you a 'good' one.
-Good citizens have to have multiple traits -- characteristics that show they are a good citizen, not one that just sits around watching TV all day.
To be a good citizen, you must have these traits:
Respect for the rights of others
Respect for the law
Service to school and/or local community
But what does this mean?
Let's go a little deeper.
To be accountable doesn't just mean being 'answerable'. Being accountable means you must be able to explain your motives behind each action you take, and you will take responsibility for it.
You are always held accountable by some sort of law, whether it be gravity, or government law.
--the quality or fact of being honest; uprightness and fairness.
--truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness.
Being honest is more than just telling the truth. It means that you don't hide what you've done wrong; you would admit to the crime despite the consequences.
As an honest citizen, you can't twist the truth, or only tell parts of it, because that's not honesty -- it's lying. Really though, being an honest citizen can be as simple as admitting to doing something, or just not lying.
Self reliance means having the ability to listen to yourself, and act by yourself, rather than letting other people, things or events decide what you should do, be, or how to behave.
To be a good citizen, you have to realize and accept that you are completely responsible for your own life. You can't rely on others to do what you can do yourself. But being self reliant is as simple as doing your own homework or taking care of your pets (if you have any) without being asked or helped. That's what makes a self reliant citizen.
When you are a patriotic citizen, you show your support for your country, and you hold it dear to your heart. When you wear
you show your love for your country. Besides supporting your country, you also respect the overall ideals and goals, as well as the people as a whole and the American flag. By honoring the flag, you never let it touch the ground, and unless a light is shining on it, then it shouldn't hang in the dark. That is what it means to be a Patriotic citizen.
-self-re·li·ance [self-ri-lahy-uhns, self-]
--reliance on oneself or one's own powers, resources, etc.
- community service
-- voluntary work, intended to be for the common good, usually done as part of an organized scheme
Serving your community means getting involved. You can't do community service by watching TV all day, or just going to school. Community service also means doing something for your community that will benefit it, to help make it better. For example, working in a soup kitchen, or holding a food drive is serving your community. It can be as simple as picking up trash you see on the ground like aluminum cans, or
plastic bags. You could even sell
lemonade and donate the money
you earn to programs like the SPCA
or the Red Cross. It doesn't have
to be hard. Serving your community
is important to becoming a good
citizen, because it's you giving back
for everything your community has done for you.
Respect for the Law
-- Copyright © 2004 Ivan Hoffman. All Rights Reserved.
Respect for the Rights of Others
-- Treat others the way you want to be treated --
"Respect for the law is behaving in such a way that you can act affirmatively in a way that you can manifest a respect to the law. Respect means acting with deference and esteem, even awe for the law, and with a sense that the law has value over and above immediacy of the application of law in a given situation. It means that we nurture the law, help the law evolve and in turn, allow the law to help us evolve as well." -- Ivan Hoffman
What that means, basically, that just abiding in, or obeying the law is not respecting it. For example, you
can do what your mom tells you to do, like
clean your room, but you would most likely do
it unhappily. You may be obeying your mom,
but you're not doing it respectfully. When you
respect the law, you show how to obey the
law, and educate others on it. You have a
sense of admiration of it, and you don't
complain about it. For example, if they made
a law that states that we are required to do
community service, we would not only follow it, but be an example to others by appreciating the law, and
Respect for others is based on self-respect. It really is following the Golden Rule:
Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
It is the value that makes the world a more decent and civilized place.
You can show respect in many ways: speak politely, don’t hurt people’s feelings by saying unkind things or making fun of them, show good manners, care about other people, treat others fairly and share generously.
of others is a little bit different. It means you respect people's religions, their freedom of speech, and basically all of their civil rights. It means
you acknowledge the fact that you aren't the only person who has
the right to speak out. When you respect the rights of others, you
listen to what they have to say, and recognize that they too, are citizens.
Traits of a Good Citizen
-- the state or fact of being responsible, answerable, or accountable for something within one's power, control, or management.
Your responsibilities as a citizen:
Support and defend the Constitution.
Stay informed of the issues affecting your community.
Participate in the democratic process.
Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws.
Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others.
Participate in your local community.
Pay income and other taxes honestly, and on time, to federal, state, and local authorities.
Serve on a jury when called upon.
Defend the country if the need should arise.
Community Service Demonstration
-- That's me working in the toddler room at my church, helping out the main teacher.
-- That's me being a responsible citizen because I am staying informed by reading the Chesterfield Observer.
Demonstrating a Responsible Citizen
Being a responsible citizen should not be a hard thing but it should be something that occasionally requires a little extra effort. This is because being a responsible citizen is, at its core, about being a less selfish person, and putting the needs of society before your own needs. It does not mean you have to sacrifice all your free time to volunteer or help others, but it does mean taking a little time to think about the impact of your actions on others.
-- All of these traits combined make not just a good citizen, but a great one.
Thanks for watching!