Friday, March 2, 2012

Our Definition of Citizenship. What is yours?

Citizenship: Obey laws in good faith. Do your share to improve the well-being of fellow citizens and the community. Protect the environment, volunteer, and participate in the processes of democracy by staying informed and voting. - As defined by the Michael Josephson Institute.

Excerpted from: Making Ethical Decisions:
Citizenship includes civic virtues and duties that prescribe how we ought to behave as part of a community. The good citizen knows the laws and obeys them, yes, but that’s not all. She volunteers and stays informed on the issues of the day, the better to execute her duties and privileges as a member of a self-governing democratic society. She does more than her "fair" share to make society work, now and for future generations. Such a commitment to the public sphere can have many expressions, such as conserving resources, recycling, using public transportation and cleaning up litter. The good citizen gives more than she takes.

Here at CC! in Jacksonville, we believe that the investment we make in our community brings us a wealth we cannot even define. Our work with the business community, JSO and many other organizations helps us to see our common threads and helps to deepen those bonds.

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