Friday, March 23, 2007

"It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen."

Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)

3 Comments:

Blogger Michelle said...

The ancient Athenians considered citizenship as a duty rather than a right or privilege and it did not matter how "good" an individual was if he did not volunteer or serve his city-state then he was considered an "idiotai" and was looked down on.

10:22 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

I think that it is a good thing to contribute WHEN we can & WHERE we genuinely want to; not to do so begrudgingly or for recognition, favor, or reward.

6:05 AM  
Blogger puggimer said...

I see this sometimes in the opposite light - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin - these are all generally thought of as a good men - yet they were traitors to the throne - the absolute worst citizens they could be - until they won that is, and started their own country.

Sometimes to be a good man means defying the government and what it stands for.

12:10 PM  

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