How to Be a World Citizen

We are in a global age. The world has become a global village due to technological advances in communications and other spheres of human endeavor. Being a world citizen can create international cooperation on all levels, uniting everyone and making the world a better and safer place for all; the mentality of "us against them" has caused untold, useless suffering worldwide. Too Utopian? Let's follow the steps, and find out.

Steps

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    Understand the world doesn't end in your home village, town, city, state or country.
    • Recognize that events happening in the far end of the world away from your country can have a real impact on your life, e.g 9/11, global warming, etc.
    • Learn about other countries and cultures.
    • Get interested about international news.
    • Be interested in the life and struggles of other peoples and cultures and find out how you can help. Participate in international discussions like on the BBC, CNN, ETC or the internet.
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    Learn some new major language or languages.
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    Be tolerant and respectful of other people's cultures.
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    Resist, react, repeal, speak against xenophobia and intolerance in all its forms.
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    Oppose racism, tribalism, regionalism, religious bias and all kinds of segregation of any kind.
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    Value each human life as you value your own.
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    Feel welcome in whatever region of the world where you happen to find yourself.
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    Consider each individual on his own merits and avoid popular, and often inaccurate or false, overgeneralizations and stereotypes about certain nations and peoples. Don't say that, for example Americans are arrogant, Africans are ignorant, Muslims are evil, atheists are satanists, Germans are Nazi or Jews run banks, foreigners increase crime, etc.
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    Teach other people in normal conversation. For example, if someone says something ignorant, say "Don't generalize. There is no reason to include a whole race."
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    Don't refer to your special group if you intend your message to be universal.
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    Individuals are not representations of their cultures. Be cautious to not emphasize differences too much and "other" what you don't know. We are all humans before anything else.
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    Be active and contribute. You can do this by being active in your community and other things.
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    Learn from wise people and redistribute your knowledge.
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    Learn about the past in order to help build a better future.

Tips

  • Becoming a world citizen requires a conscious effort.
  • Read New Internationalist.
  • Question all aspects of "nationalism," both the bad (e.g. "war" ) and even the good (e.g. your country's legal and ethical obligation and prerogative to "watch your back" while you're overseas" for any reason).

Warnings

  • World Citizen Passports are not valid passports.
  • You may start to feel out of place, with the loss of feeling for self-identity.
  • You may be seen as traitors to your country.

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Categories: Social Activism