Given the term “prospects,” I noticed that it has a broad scope of definition. It has different meanings base on the dictionary but as we relate it to the question, it probably means“a person regarded as likely to succeed or as a potential customer, client, etc.” Obviously, the limitation is“the action of limiting something.”
Going back to the main topic, the prospects and limits of my power as a citizen are not that accurate if you are going to compare it to other person’s. It differs based on the person’s own perspective. Having my way of thinking, I believe that the prospects are the citizen’s unity to contradict or to perform a certain act for the benefit of majority. People exercise their right to speak if they think they are being wronged. “Rally” is the term associated with this kind of unity, uttering words which they believed is right and what should be done. We are in a democratic country and the government hears the citizens’ voice and make decisions based on what the citizens’ need. When majority agree on the same thing, they follow what they want (can be seen in voting). I think that is why it is one of our prospects as a citizen but this is not absolute that all the majority needs and wants are followed by the government because we do not directly participate in the decision-making in the government; however, we have the power or voice to speak out which made some laws beneficiary to us. (I think) Another prospect of being a citizen is that we can arrange a civil war and give threat to the government if we don’t agree on what they perform. The government is responsible for maintaining the peace of a certain state so this turns them to a pet which obeys what his master says. Civil war rarely happen to a democratic country because the government avoids it so they deal with the citizens peacefully and they make agreement over a conflicting belief. Also, if you are a powerful person and has prestige, your voice can be easily heard but as a student and only has little knowledge, our prospect is by writing what we can say and by publishing it through school newspapers or showing other people that have the wits to say something about the government ways of governing our country. I believe that a citizen’s prospects is not that visible if alone and not in masses. That is my first limitation of the power. Also if not all, many, of the government officials will not hear the voice of an informal settler who is begging for a job, maybe if majority of them begged or maybe if it became open and known to all citizens through media, the government will be there to rescue those people. Having this point of view, as a student, I do believe that my voice isn’t so powerful to make the government follow what I want and will not able to give me all I need.
I conclude that the citizen’s prospect is having masses of citizens agreeing in one belief while the limitation is the absence of other people to support you. I think the best example of this is the “Kony 2012,” that one person who started and aimed to help those people in Uganda knew that having no one on your side, will bring nothing so he made “Kony 2012” known to all people through social networking sites and also by posters, videos, bracelets, and other things. He knew that if he will do that, many people will stand on his side and will be willing to help those children thus making the U.S. Government agree to deploy U.S. Army to Uganda to help arresting Kony. Giving this example, I believe that everyone can understand what I mean.