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18/01/2020: President Bonsi: because the ius naturae is the principle on which the citizenship of the Templar Nation is based

One of the recurring themes in the international political debate of these years is certainly the question of the right of citizenship.

In the various States there are different criteria for establishing and distinguishing who is a citizen of a State from who is not.

The concept of citizenship necessarily implies the identification of the objective identity of a specific part of human beings, that is, of a Nation.

A universal citizenship would not only be contradictory, but would de facto annul the very concept of citizenship.

In order to respect the differences between peoples and traditions, safeguarding the true universality of human rights, that is, concerning all those who are persons (individuals belonging to the human species in its generality), it is essential to separate the specific citizenship from humanity generic.

Only those who belong to a certain, determined and particular community are citizens of a Nation.

The principle of citizenship, therefore, is natural and historical at the same time: natural, because one is, for example, Italian or French as children of Italians or French; historical, because the Italians or the French are such not for an ethnic character, but because they share an identity belonging in the generational passage, that is a set of mentality, language, customs, values, etc.

This is the reason why it is clear that citizenship, i.e. being citizens, coincides with the Nation, i.e. with all those who are currently Italian or French communities, by virtue of a past and a common present.

In summary, there are two parameters for establishing citizenship:

– The Ius Soli.

The ius soli is of a material and rental nature: those born in the territory of a State are automatically citizens.

It is an ancient method, which however is not valid in itself, because it entrusts belonging to a community to a secondary compound that is the place and not to a primary value of integration, constituted by the education that the family gives to a person.

– The Ius Culturae.

The second way is that of ius culturae.

Here the problem has shifted over time, but has not changed as regards its essence.

In this case, in fact, it is not enough to be born, but one must have lived and received a certain education to be able to receive citizenship at an established age.

– There is however a third way, which is the most natural one, namely the Ius Naturae.

The only way to properly resolve the issue is to start from the fundamental concept of nature.

Aristotle, in Physics, explains that “by nature we mean the internal cause of the being of a living person”.

With this statement, the Stagirite intends to make suggestions also for our analysis: in fact, a person is and becomes himself thanks not only to the generation but also to the educational action of the parents.

They gradually insert children into life and community, transferring citizenship, values, duties and even the mentality they possess.

To dissociate citizenship from family and family from nature is absurd and wrong, since it is contrary precisely to human nature.

In our opinion, only the ius naturae is the true principle of citizenship, because only those who have citizenship can give it and pass it on, increasing and keeping alive a Nation in its permanent identity, conveyed by the family.

Today the Templar Nation does not have its own territory and, therefore, in order to bring together all the still dispersed templar people, it is applying a mixed system, namely the ius naturae, the fundamental basis of the Nation, and a system that is similar to the ius culture, but which is based on the fact that the culture, tradition, ideals, mentality of the Templar Nation are already inherent in the people who will become citizens.

The day we have a territory, the Nation will apply only ius naturae.

This choice will not affect in any way the coexistence in the territory with those who are not citizens.

In fact, citizens and foreigners who do not share the constitutional ethical principles of a Nation can coexist in a State, without the latter having citizenship and undermining their universal human rights.

Not only is it not necessary to give citizenship to recognize human rights, but the former are different from the latter.

Thinking about confusing the plans means wanting to destroy the identity of a community.

It will always be necessary to ensure that universal human rights are guaranteed to all in our future State, jealously preserving the national substance which constitutes the principle of transmission and the cause of the intergenerational maintenance of our peaceful citizenship.

The President, Riccardo Bonsi.


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