The Importance Of Being A Good Citizen

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Everyone is a rule breaker. Nobody can honestly say that they have never broken a rule before, because : we 're human. Humans aren 't perfect, we make many mistakes but we must set a good example as a society. As citizens of this country it 's important to follow the rules in order to use the authority given to us appropriately. If someone doesn 't follow the rules there will be consequences. Unfortunately if someone were to do things like steal from a store, or drive without a license, you will go to jail (if you get caught). Without these consequences there would be no order or safety in the world. Even though rules and laws aren 't necessarily "fun" we can do really amazing things when we follow and use them to our advantage. …show more content…
Part of being a good citizen is following all the laws and “rules” of society. Unfortunately in America today people have many different beliefs. Having opinions and conviction is great, however, just because people have those beliefs does not mean they can prevent other people from doing what they believe is right. A very big controversial issue is gay marriage rights. Recently, gay marriage became legal in all fifty states. A lot of people were thrilled, however not everyone was, including Kim Davis. Kim Davis “the county clerk in Kentucky who [refused] to issue marriage licenses” according to an article by the Washington post. Because Kim Davis refused to step down from her job, or let anyone else do her job, she went to jail. Kim Davis didn’t go to jail just because she refused to do her job but also because she refused to something legal in all fifty states. Even if someone does not agree with something they have to allow what is legal. Legal equality is not the only “rule” people have to follow as a society. No matter if one grew up with religion or spiritual belief, they all learn the differences between right and wrong. Cheating, for example, is not a good thing to do. In an article and video by Freakonomics , it discusses teachers cheating on their kids’ tests. Teachers are changing their students’ answers in order to get a better score for the student and keep …show more content…
For example, people are pushing to increase the minimum wage. If America increases the minimum wage, people will have more money to pay bills, go to school, possibly even get out of extreme poverty. In an article, “ Higher Minimum Wage,” by the Los Angeles Times, it discusses both sides of the argument of minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage would have a negative impact on the economy because small businesses could not afford to pay a lot of employes fifteen dollars an hour. However , it would also do a lot of good for getting people out of poverty. “Yet as the push for higher minimum wage spreads workers and employers and are already beginning to imagine life in a fifteen dollar an hour world....” If the minimum wage went up to fifteen dollars an hour tomorrow, nearly half of those workers would get at least a 50 percent bump in pay.” This is a wonderful thing to do, but nothing will change unless people follow the law and all the correct process. Some people are trying to follow the laws and make a positive impact in society. A man named Bryan Ware, as discussed in “ The Crayon Initiative” was sitting at a restaurant with his kids one day, coloring while waiting for their food. He wondered what happened to the crayons that got left behind and their waitress said they get taken to the landfill. That moment sparked something in him and he decided to do something with those leftover crayons. He decided to take those crayons to give those to sick kids in

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