Citizen and Civilian – The Big Differences

July 20th, 2013

Thanks to www.Slackware.org, there are tons of movie channels and one of the best films to address the Citizen/Civilian divide, surprisingly, is Starship Troopers. Amidst all the giant bugs and nudity, the distinction is made blatantly obvious. When a political discussion comes up between the legal definition of residents of a country, the dichotomy between a citizen and civilian is often made. However, people often conflate the terms to mean they are talking about the same subject matter. Both terms have unique political connotations, but both are referring to different ideas.

A citizen or citizenship is a term that the ancient Greeks developed in their city-states. Unlike other peoples before the ancient Greeks and during their time, the ancient Greeks believed an individual had an association to a government. This relationship built around itself legal protections and empowerment that allowed citizens to engage in voting and the everyday affairs of the society. However, the Greeks only included non-slave, adult men as citizens. Over time, citizenship has evolved to be more inclusionary. It is now a term that, under international law, means that an individual who is a natural resident to a nation-state and is granted all rights and liberties from that nation-state. A person who is a citizen is able to participate politically, work and move around a country with ease, and are protected and empowered by the country’s laws.

A civilian, on legal levels, does not relate to any of the subjects involved with citizenship. Instead, a civilian is a person who is considered a non-member of a military or militia. Civilians are non-active, non-members of any armed forces and, under international law, are protected by certain campaigns and acts of war between countries.

Next time you have a political discussion with someone on these subjects, you will now know the major differences between a citizen and a civilian.

Fundraisers That The Whole Family Can Enjoy

July 5th, 2013

Fundraisers That The Whole Family Can Enjoy

What To Raise Money For
There are a number of different causes that you can raise money for. First, you can think economically. Moreover, you can decide on specific instances in which your town needs repairs, renovation or renewal. Second, you can think agriculturally. By this, I mean you can raise money for local farms, brewing companies and co-op markets. Third, you can think creatively and figure out an activity or realm in which Read the rest of this entry »

Charities Where Children Can Get Involved

May 18th, 2013

We live in a world that is often self-absorbed. If you have a child, it is easy to see that his natural tendency is to focus on himself. One of the best things that we can teach our children is how to give abundantly to others.
Thankfully, you can teach your children to give even in tough economic times. Giving your time is just as important as giving money. You can get your children involved at charities that are important to you. You can also work Read the rest of this entry »

Finding Organizations Where You Can Volunteer

March 25th, 2013

One of the ways that we grow and change is to seek for answers outside of ourselves. In the course of normal living, it is very easy to find yourself becoming more and more centered on what you are doing. However, you will discover that there are ways of looking outside of your own life, and volunteering is one fantastic option.

When you want to volunteer with a new organization, the first thing is to consider what you can do. Are you someone who likes to build things or Read the rest of this entry »

Finding Your Niche To Decide Where To Volunteer

June 15th, 2012

Since we can’t help everyone at once, when you’re deciding where you’d like to volunteer, it’s best to find out where you would be most useful. Usually, this will involve finding a position where you can utilize skills you already have and enjoy using. If you enjoy administrative work, there are plenty of areas where your skills will be not only welcome, but needed.

If you’re a more adventurous sort, you might consider volunteering to go overseas and work with poor people in developing countries. There are plenty of organizations that would love to have you Read the rest of this entry »

Unusual Ways You Can Volunteer And Make A Difference

August 24th, 2011

Change starts with one person making a difference in a small way. Maybe no one will ever realize what you have done, but you can make a big difference and it won’t cost a penny. Giving a little bit of your time every month can change someone’s life and it is easy to get started. Even if you work, you can find ways to help in the community and make changes in the life of the very young to the very old.

Volunteering in the local grade school to listen to children read Read the rest of this entry »

How To Use Your Talents For Charity

August 22nd, 2011

Charitable organizations depend on contributions to help their cause. There are several ways you can use your talents to help a charity raise money.

Musical Talent

If you have musical talent, you could organize a concert and donate the cost of admission to the charity. On a smaller scale, you could offer to play or sing during one of the charities fund raising events. Music is a morale booster and motivator at charity events. A pet adoption fair or a craft or food booth Read the rest of this entry »

Ideas For Organizing A Fundraiser For Animals

August 18th, 2011

Arranging a fundraiser for animals is a very community oriented project. Finding a place to hold the fundraiser would be uppermost in beginning to organize the event. Once you have chosen a place, a time for the fundraiser should be picked. Usually, most fundraisers earn the most money for their cause if held on a weekend. Your fundraiser needs as many people as you can get to be successful financially. Since most people work during the week days, weekends are the only logical time to choose for a really successful fundraiser. Your fundraiser for Read the rest of this entry »

Ideas for Volunteering as a Family

August 11th, 2011

You may spend a lot of time at home with your family watching direct.tv satellite movies but that doesn’t mean you can’t give back in other ways. If you relish your family time and don’t want to be apart while you’re free consider giving back in these kid-friendly ways…
Go to a Shelter: If your kids like animals take the whole family to a shelter for clean up and playtime. You’re guaranteed to have the warm and fuzzies when you leave and you may keep some furry friends alive Read the rest of this entry »

How To Volunteer At Your Local Nursing Home

June 18th, 2011

Volunteering is such a rewarding part of life. It lets you help others, but it also gives you the chance to learn new things and to be appreciated for who you are. One place that can always use more volunteers are local nursing homes. Too many times when people are placed in these facilities for care those that visited them before or helped them no longer come to call, it can be quite upsetting.

It can become Read the rest of this entry »