Active Citizenship = Healthy Nation

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If we look at these two definitions of what it means to be an active citizen, we can see a powerful emphasis on the fact that even just one single person makes a difference for the better of the whole.

“Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and [the governing powers], shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature.” ~ Thomas Jefferson {3rd President of the United States}

Secondly, note the emphasis on both the duties and rights of a citizen i.e. it takes two to tango: if we are active citizens who take responsibility for ourselves and where we can for those around us by insisting on service etc. then government will know and understand its people and tailor its leadership to be effective and equitably just.

“… it is the duty of every citizen to use his best and most unremitting endeavours for preserving…

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