Citizens…today is the day that you confirm your freedom by doing your duty. Vote.

“From the viewpoint of the ancient Greeks, a person’s public life was not separated from their private life, and Greeks did not distinguish between the two worlds according to the modern western conception. The obligations of citizenship were deeply connected with everyday life. To be truly human, one had to be an active citizen to the community, which Aristotle famously expressed: “To take no part in the running of the community’s affairs is to be either a beast or a god!”

This form of citizenship was based on obligations of citizens towards the community, rather than rights given to the citizens of the community.”

Or as President Kennedy would phrase it, centuries later from the modern era’s bastion of individual freedom, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”


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