The term 'world citizen' can be better understood with a negative definition than with a positive one. If a citizen of a state with political frontiers is expected to pay allegiance to the government of the state to which he or she belongs and is expected to take arms against aliens who might invade the territory of the state, a world citizen recognizes the entire world as one's state and in principle does not recognize any member of one's own species as an alien to the world community to which oneself belongs. Such a person recognizes the earth as one's sustaining mother, the innate inviolable laws of nature as one's protecting father, all sentient beings as one's homes. The world citizen's allegiance is to the foundation of truth, the universality of knowledge and the fundamental ground of all values.
Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati, founder/head, East-West University
Discuss Yati’s quote regarding world citizenship. How does this align with your understanding of citizenship? Do you think world citizenry is possible? Justify your answer with examples, specifics, etc. Use at least three thoughtfully concieved paragraphs, drawing on at least two of the articles for today, by FRIDAY NOON!!
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