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Joe Shines Freshman Seminar 100199 Encounters The Origins of Globalism The first section of The Global Citizen gives us a basic premise on which to proceed with developing the ideal of what it means to adopt the idea of being a global citizen How can one citizen be global How can we be a citizen of the world A way to begin to recognize the answers these questions we must first realize that global citizenship starts with the individuals need for realizing there should be change in the world Donald Will states in his article Get GlobalOr Get Left Behind that it is in our own personal interest that we pay attention to international affairs He brings up examples of economic social political and environmental problems in the world that have effects on everyday people He further concludes that the only way to initiate change of such problems if for people to develop a genuine care of worldly matters that either directly or indirectly affect them One of the ways to develop this care is to develop a moral respect for other cultures and ways of life And in order to create this moral respect is to put down our differences in an effort to embrace a global community The global situation is further explored in Fred Smollers Citizenship in the 21st Century Smoller analyzes the barriers to the changes that individuals can help to make Among those he looks at are uniformed voters and a nation of people less likely and less able to participate in their community The society that exists today is less interested in taking an active role in their government and thus many problems go unsolved Smoller asks us to think about what a more progressive government would be like and offers certain ideas as to how that kind of government would be like Among those forcing a revamp
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