The Plight of Citizenship

The plight of citizenship is this: that the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. If this were not the case, nationhood, hence citizenship, would not exist. And when the citizens, i.e., that ‘parts,’ move to change the whole, whether or not the whole (nation) changes, they remain citizens and subjected to the collective’s tyranny by presence and belonging.

Slaves, yet free.

By being born into a nation (or tribe, family …), one is forced into subjection—or slavery even—to the organization and operations of that nation. One is automatically stamped with an identity driven by the expectations and experiences of others; by peoples of the same or other nations.

The guardians and ambiance then puts one through a process of transformation and acclimation, to, unwittingly or otherwise, shape the modelled citizen. We all had few choices because we had to be cared for—our first few years.

And however volitional and voluntary an individuals identification with any nation may be, or subsequently become, there’s always embedded within it that element of training, and of an innate/imbibed love for one’s origins.

Slaves, yet free.

Side Notes/Thoughts
Train up a child in the way he should go.

Make yourselves slaves of righteousness—godness. Paul said in Romans 6. It’s a good master …
so that it is not as though we’ve lost our liberty, but rather that we have gained ourselves.

Then elsewhere he says:
All things are lawful to me but not all things are necessary/expedient;
all things are lawful to me but I will not be brought under the power of any;
all things are lawful to me but not all things make me a better person.
(1 Corinthians 6:12, 10:23)

One context should be obvious: that our liberty isn’t an occasion to kill ourselves, or souls. Rather, it is to live in the preservation of human dignity (of self, and of others), in the discovery and promotion of truth, and in the experience and communication of the divine presence in love.

In orbit

Now when you feel like you’re falling, keeping a straight forward path, and what’s pulling you down is always the same way away. Then you’re in orbit; neither going towards nor away from the centre, but, moving, facing one way. Newton’s law of universal gravitation would hint that you pull much less weight than the object you’re orbiting does.

Inertia relates to the tendency to stay the same; to remain as one is, in motion or stationary. Newton’s first law of motion says that a body or person at rest remains so (inertia), or if moving with an unchanging velocity, similarly remains so (inertia) unless acted upon by an external net force. When such force is applied, what results is a change of motional (or perhaps, emotional) state along the direction of the force, and directly proportional to it (Newton’s second law). That is, the person/object might gain or lose momentum in a particular path.

To change or leave orbit needs a change of momentum, a new impulse, whether through a change in the mass of character or rapidity of movement. Both, enabled by wisdom—or science if you prefer.

Newton’s third law of motion says that action produces a response that is equal and opposite to it. So we may note that force experienced is a repercussion, or produces one. The effect of which may be a change of inertial state. A stationary aeroplane starts moving when its engines push back hard enough so that it moves forward. Thus, if you fire your rockets hard enough and long enough away from that pull, gravity, you will escape into free space—freedom.

Other definitions:
Space is that expanse with everything inside it. At least every thing of physics, chemistry, and biology; every physical thing.
A body at rest (a stationary entity) is a special case of a body moving, with no speed/velocity.
Velocity is speed in one direction.