We keep the wonderful experiences and learnings of LIB with us after the event so they can guide us in exercising our citizenship in our wider communities.
What is it?
As citizens we have particular rights and responsibilities that are necessary for the beneficial functioning of society. While LIB offers a blissful opportunity to experience a world with more love, acceptance and celebration than we are used to, the mini city that is LIB still exists as an extension of the civil society we all live and work within.
Most of us have not looked at the specific civic rights and responsibilities of whichever country we hail from (you can view the US’s here) since high school, if at all. Re-acquaint yourself with the good foundations our society is built on. There is a give and take and spirit of cooperation that we can all take pride in. Give them a look and do your part.
Why is it important?
The beautiful experiences at LIB can radiate out and make the world a better place. There are a number of simple but valuable actions we can all take to bring the perspectives of love and acceptance at LIB into the wider world ~ but only if we participate in our wider communities and share the love and be the change. This is the true power and expression of LIB. Its moments can stretch out into the days of our lives and into the lives of the people around us, in our homes and families, in our workplaces, and in our communities.
How do we Practice Citizenship outside of LIB?
- Vote! ~ The most basic and important civic responsibility of all.
- Accept the call to Jury Duty ~ Jury Duty is a rare chance for all of us to experience and contribute to justice in action.
- Know your rights ~ to exercise your rights you must know what they are. Oppression loves ignorance.
- Respect the rights and opinions of others ~ Democracy is built upon reasoned debate. Reasoned debate is not a shouting match, or an opportunity to make others feel stupid or wrong. It is our best chance to find solutions and common ground. So don’t feed the trolls. Respect and compassion wins in the end.
- Stand up for your beliefs ~ Contribute financially and/or actively participate in the causes or organizations you believe in.