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Do You Consider Yourself a Citizen of the Planet?

Week of June 18, 2003


Colleen Corkery
Monkey Pox Researcher
"I'd like to think so, but the more I learn about the rest of the world -- other nationalities and customs and what's important to them -- the more my view changes and I find I really don't know much at all about any place outside my little corner of the world."

Mike Ross
"I can't vote yet so I don't have any control in political decisions that are made -- I don't see how you could consider that being a citizen of anything. Now, if there's a catastrophe on the other side of the world, like some ferry boat sinks in India and a thousand people all drown or get eaten by crocodiles, I'd say that sucks but there's not much I can do. But if something horrible happens here I'm concerned about it."

Jim Logan
"Being somewhat of an amateur anthropologist, I think that all people are connected from the beginning since we all started as one group of people. And as the eons passed these people have spread out and we've become extended families of the original family, whatever that was. But that's my thinking: We're all inter-connected."

Dusty Rhodes
Hog Farmer, Vienna, Illinois
"No. I'm not from here. I'm just passing through."

Ruth Kamphoefner
Gardener, Author
"Yes, I do. I also travel a great deal and it saddens me that there's so much strife in the world. Instead of leaders getting angry or trying to get someone else's oil wells, I'd like to see them agree to give up a few things in order to have peace. I don't think we need to be fighting for everything. I think if we were a little more congenial to each other everybody would be much happier."

Warren Harold
Teacher, St. Louis Public Schools
"Oh, most definitely! I'm beyond cosmopolitan -- I'm an infinitesimal particle floating around the cosmos, enjoying every bit of it. I'm just like a rainbow speaking to the earth."

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