A world citizen is a person who places global citizenship above any nationalistic or local identities and relationships.
World or Cosmopolitan citizens are not born, they are created as a result of globalisation. The Rise in popularity of investor citizenship programs further created a new class of world citizens most of them living in diaspora. The whole idea behind world citizen is to promote peace, freedom, progress, equality, mobility prosperity and love of humanity as a whole.
Early references to becoming a ‘World citizen’ can be found in Diogenes of Sinope (c. 412 B.C), a Cynic philosopher in Ancient Greece, asked where he came from, he answered: ‘I am a citizen of the world’. This was a ground breaking concept because the broadest basis of social identity in Greece at that time was either the individual city-state or the Greeks (Hellenes) as a group.
Many famous people consider themselves world citizens.
I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world
– Socrates (469-399 BC)
Albert einstein described himself as a world citizen and supported the idea throughout his life. amously saying
“Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.”
– ALBERT EINSTEIN