What is a community? Well, in my opinion, a community is a group of people who are a part of something. A school or a work place are types of communities. What does it mean to be part of a community anyway? Is it just that we get to be part of something bigger or is there more to it? Being part of a community can make you part of something bigger depending on what community you are a part of. Just being part of a community (ex: your neighborhood) doesn’t really change much unless some one (maybe even you 🙂 ) does something about it. However, if you are part of a community that helps other people (an organisation is a good example) then a community will make you part of something bigger.
Why don’t we expand on this subject a bit more by asking “what does it mean to be a citizen?”. So, what does it mean? Well, I think being a citizen means being a part of and living in a country or town. But does being a citizen mean that you have certain obligations or responsibilities? Yes and no. Yes when you’re a citizen you have to pay taxes and such to stay a functioning part of your country. Yet even if we were to be a homeless man (or woman) on the street with out a penny to their name, they would still be a citizen of a country as they were either born their or decide to become a citizen of that country by immigrating there.
The important question to ask is do we have rights as a citizen? If so what are they? Firstly, everyone has the right to be treated equally and with respect whether they give to their town or country or not. We also all have the right to security and help if we need it (financial aid, homeless shelters, ect.) as citizen. Unfortunately, sometimes these basic rights are not given. As Patch Adams said, “We can never get a re-creation of community and heal our society without giving our citizens a sense of belonging”, meaning that all people need to be treated with respect in order for them to want to be a helpful part of their community and their country.