Citizen of the World

“I am a citizen of the universe and a gentleman to boot.”Anais Nin’s diary quotes a newspaper column she read about Caresse Crosby’s initiative in the 1950s to start a world citizens’ movement. It was a noble concept, particularly the story of the young American man who had renounced his citizenship to become a citizen of the world and then caused an uproar and went crawling back. Crosby’s attempt to create a world citizens’ center at Delphi, Greece, became an international incident when the Greek police arrested her for trying to place a plaque at the house she had bought there.

“I am a citizen of the universe and a gentleman to boot,” said the first Doctor Who. Citizen of the world, I like that. It’s another reason to travel.

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