A ‘citizen is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) as, ‘A legally recognized subject or national of a state or commonwealth, either native or naturalized.’ Citizenship is, ‘The position or status of being a citizen of a particular country.’
Following Theresa May’s speech where she said, ‘If you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere’ indeed makes literal sense in line with the definition above. Yet as the Prime Minister of a nation that was a key player in propelling globalisation in the first place, May does not take into account the semantic leap of what the phrase ‘citizen of the world’ means. The OED defines this phrase as: ‘A person who is at home in any country.’
Indeed, you do not have to be a world elite to be able to feel at home in any country; with the proliferation of refugees in the world who truly are citizens of nowhere, but of the world, this is an insult.
To close it all, aside from semantics, May seems to undermine what it means to be a citizen of a city, state, or nation.
To be a citizen one must actively take part in society, without negligence.
‘Being a citizen was a big thing in Ancient Greece. Education was their tool for making a good citizen that would be helpful in decisions and war. Each citizen would feel that they had a share in the decisions, which were their right and duty. And that is what it meant to be a citizen in Athens, Ancient Greece.’
Did citizens act on voting ‘Leave’ for Brexit? With the amount of people who openly stated they wished they knew more about its consequences, let alone even bothered googling its consequences before making a decision, the amount of negligence that occurred during that historic moment makes it clear that true citizens of the United Kingdom did not vote; vulnerable human beings uneducated about the world by their government were merely brainwashed by whichever camp spent more £ on marketing.
P.S. Whenever you see someone who is meant to be serving the people wearing patent leather boots and red gloves (Think Pope Benedict XVI)… Think twice.