A GOOD CITIZEN - සාමාන්‍යපෙළ ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂාව


A good citizen has to imbibe many qualities. The fact that he has some duties and responsibilities to bear is true. But at the same time he also enjoys some rights and privileges as a citizen of a free state. While he has every right to participate in the judicial, legal,   political, religious and social affairs of the nation , he has also some responsibilities. He must not hurt the sentiments of others and must protect the weak from the strong. Being loyal to the nation and the society, under all the circumstances, is his first and foremost duty.

A good citizen must be ready to sacrifice his life for the sake of his motherland. He must love his nation and be a nationalist. He should have firm and deep faith in his motherland. He should obey the laws of the land. But he must also keep in mind the welfare of the state, the benefit of society and the long term interests of the nation.

A good citizen must respect the cultural heritage of his country. He should respect the heroes, the prophets, the sages and saints of his country. He must respect the race to which he belongs. He must always keep in mind the future of his country. He must raise the standard of living of his country by working honestly.

During the times of aggression or foreign attacks, he must be ready to shed his blood for the sake of his motherland. Therefore,  defence  of the country  is the supreme duty of a good citizen.

A good citizen must live in peace and harmony with his neighbours and fellow citizen. He must respect the institution of his country. A good citizen must always respect the laws of the state and should have no patience with criminals and anti – social elements.

He must be vigilant against the enemies of the country. He must not do something that may help the anti – nationalist or the enemies of the country. He must cling to high ideals. He must be aware of what is happening in his country.

Unity of the nation should be his topmost priority. He should work for the unity of the country. A goodwill for all , the protection of the weak, help for the victims and a sympathetic attitude towards his fellow citizen are the qualities that are needed in a good citizen.

A good citizen should have a sprite of co – operation, friendliness, humanity, dedication and devotion towards his family and society. He must respect other faiths. He must not do anything that brings disgrace to society or to hiscountry,  ”Gre atest good of the greatest number of people ‘’ should be his principle. All these good qualities, if possessed, make us good citizens.