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Ed Brayton answers the question, "What is Civic Responsibility?"

I rather like his answer:

http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches/2013/01/17/what-is-ci...


The first thing that comes to mind is the concept of reciprocity: We have a responsibility to treat others as we would wish to be treated. In a civic contest, what this means to me is that we have a responsibility to demand and work for fairness and justice, not only for ourselves but for others as well....

The second thing that comes to mind is that we have a responsibility to try to make the world a better place within our sphere of influence. Few of us can affect big changes in society, but we can have an impact on people’s lives on a smaller scale....

As an atheist, I believe that the universe is utterly indifferent to the suffering we endure, and sometimes inflict on others. But that doesn’t mean we have to be indifferent to it. And I believe we all have a responsibility to make the societies we live in better in whatever small ways we can. Millions of people doing little things to help those around us adds up to a whole lot of good and a healthier and happier human race.




I particularly enjoyed his Arthur Ashe quote, one I've not heard before:

[S]ervice to others is the rent we pay for the space we take up on the planet.
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Honda requires that you change the oil every 3000 miles, rotate the tires every ten thousand, and wash the car at least once a week
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That doesn't apply to Accord's right?
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That doesn't apply to Accord's right?

I don't know. Never had enough money to afford one.
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What is Civic Responsibility?
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Killing bad guys who threaten you or your family' life.
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