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Is it good to be called "Global Citizen" rather than a citizen of home country?

Under the influence of globalization, the world becomes shrink and people are free to go and do things in other places out of their home nations much easier than before. It is no longer that one country can stand alone though there are still a few remain.
The term Global Citizen comes up and people seem to feel comfortable to be called themselves in this way.

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It is even more important in a sense of addressing global inequality. Anybody is part of the world regardless of where they area. Calling people in this way can be a motivation, however, it might be as our colleague here said good for less popular countries.
Do you think so?

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    Feb 25 2013: There will be a day when we are asked "Where are you from?" and we will answer…."Earth"….the current economic globalization movement is just one step in that eventuality.
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    Feb 25 2013: I do not want to be a global citizen unless I am also a citizen in my local community. I want my voice to be heard. Seven billion people have a tendency to drown it out.
  • Feb 26 2013: I think that it is great to be called a global citizen, but not in place of a citizen of one's own country. Of course, we should all be proud of our own countries respectively, but we cannot be too much as to drown out our global citizenship. We are all inhabitants of earth, whether we like it or not. So why should being a citizen in one country drown out our global awareness? In my view, everyone should be both, since being an active global citizen gives us a unique view that can help us solve the problems in our own country.
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    Feb 25 2013: Why do I see the urge of becoming a 'global citizen' invariably emanate from poorer countries and get diffused in 2nd generation immigrants in rich countries? I am getting cynical, I guess.
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    Feb 25 2013: Being a citizen involves both privileges and responsibilities. Most of the privileges are related to protection from others. Most of the responsibilities are related to protecting others from myself. The common thread is the need for protection. What protection does being a Global (aka One World under the New World Order) Citizen provide? What responsibility do each of us 7-billion individuals have to such a system? Thinking globally is useful, but acting locally is imperative.
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    Feb 25 2013: I think it comes down to how global one feels at any one particular time, at this moment and for the last year i haven't been very global.
  • Feb 25 2013: There are always pluses and minuses. Some countries are very poor, hungry, and violent. It is of course good to be from someplace else. Christians are familiar with a passage in Acts where Paul who was not whipped because he was a Roman citizen discusses the benefits of Roman citizenship with a centurion. I am not advocating one religion. I am noting that there are advantages and disadvantages.
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    Feb 25 2013: .
    Actually it is because of human ultra-high accuracy.