By Mike D. Whitty, PhD and Futurist
I love Detroit. I believe we are all Detroiters at heart. That is why I call myself Dr. Detroit, for a city which is proud, joyful, and creative.
I am an Optimist. My Gray Panther friend etherl Schwartz said, “Don’t tell me what’s wrong, I already know that. Tell me what’s right, how we can make things better.”
My activism and contact with this beautiful and noble community last year gives me hope for Detroit and the world.
Detroit has soul and great music. Labor and civil rights are important to us. So is family and our love of life.
Detroit’s progressives must remember that our vision is of a loving community where we feel safe and supported. We need less blameology and victimology, more hope for the future and the possible human, to save ourselves is to save the world., inner peace and outer peace, evolving global justice and a politics of love.
Now is the time for us to complete our life legacy. We are creating our future as we think, speak and act. Our visionary hopes for the future require all of us to show respect to each other. To embrace tolerance and decency, unity in diversity. And to continue to build a win-win world. All we need is guts, brains and compassion. We need a good-news network (The Detroit Standard) where our positive visions will create a tipping point in human consciousness, allowing a paradigm shift from the creed of greed to one of peace and justice.
Remember all that you are grateful for. Gratitude will give you more strength and love to live the rest of your life. A little bit of solitude, a whole lot of gratitude and a loving attitude.
- University of Detroit Mercy professor Mike D. Whitty is currently researching the future of work.