Choose to be a citizen
Participation is a basic element in a democratic state. The term 'private citizen' was not accepted in ancient Athens. A democracy needs citizens, polites. No one could declare himself a 'private citizen'. Everyone was expected to be actively involved in public affairs. The greek word for private citizen is idiotes. For the Athenians this noun had a negative meaning.
Anyone who chose to just mind his own business or wasn’t eloquent enough to express himself because he did not take care of his education and refused to take part in the current affairs of the State was automatically considered an idiotes, a weakly presented society member, and therefore a person of low intelligence, uneducated, untalented, worthless. A private citizen. An idiot...
Be the opposite of an idiot. Be a citizen!