Demonstrating Your American Creed By Doing Your American Deed
My Op-Ed is about ways you are able to show what your American Creed is through different forms of actions.
“We need to become good citizens in the global village, instead of competing. What are we competing for- to drive more cars, eat more steaks? That will destroy the world.” As American Citizens we have a civic duty. This civic duty is what is able to bring the nation together as a whole. We are called the United States Of America not the Separated States of America, live up to the name given to the country you live in. The quote used is an example of working together will get us farther than not uniting. There are many examples of this throughout history, as well. Showing your American Creed can be as simple as helping your neighbor, volunteering, paying taxes, obeying the laws and even going to jury duty when assigned.
American Creed is expressed in many different ways, but actions speak louder than words. If you believe something should be done, then you need to do it. You can show your American Creed by getting to know your neighbors. If you see someone in your neighborhood struggling doing something, help them out. It only takes a short amount of time and most of the time, minimal effort. Acts of kindness go a far way and can help someone more than you think. As everyone has a struggle, whether or not it is visible on the surface. Volunteering for your community impacts people on a level that you may never even know of. Feeding the homeless is something that seems like it won’t matter if you do it, because so many other people do it too. So, go beyond and start a conversation with one of them, it’s likely they have some stories and wisdom that you could use. Paying taxes helps out many people and places. The teachers that are creating America’s future get paid with this money. The police protecting your community get paid with this money. The very streets you drive on are funded with this money. Obeying the laws can help you out as much as it does others. Driving the speed limit actually helps you get through more lights, due to the fact that they are timed for someone driving the given speed. Stopping for pedestrians only takes a short amount of time and these people aren’t directly polluting the Earth from driving, have some respect. Jury duty is something that most people dread. Hearing a case, sitting there, having to all decide on one side, with the chance of having that one person that disagrees with everyone else. Be active, say what you think, learn about somethings, have an open mind, let people expand your knowledge. This will cause for a far better time.
All of these things can show your American Creed through actions. Be active in your community, create good experiences and memories. Don’t isolate yourself from others. Be a whole with the people you see everyday, stay united. Always pay it forward and create a legacy for yourself through through the steps you take in your daily life.