Arnon Grunberg

A citizen

Should we citizens of the world reproduce?

In last’s week New Yorker Jane Kramer writes about the French election. She quotes Bayrou, who lost as we by now know: “I make Pascal’s distinction. As a public figure I’m a citizen, not a catholic; I do not obey the Church.” One can only applaud this statement. The question remains what does it mean today to be a citizen? I would say to buy clothes at least once a month and give two dollars to your favorite beggar once a week. (Unless you live in Poland, where a citizen gives his money to the Church not to a beggar.) But maybe there’s more to being a citizen? Is a citizen required to reproduce?