Sunday, September 16, 2007

Rebuilding Detroit by Akindele Akinyemi


Going by events in and around Detroit, the pride and glory of our people has deserted this city. A critical assessment of Detroit's socio-political, economic and overall cultural status will prove further the level of dis-orchestration.

What do we do to rejuvenate the fallen state of Detroit's glory and dignity? And how do we achieve whatever we intend to do? What are the right and critical values for rebuilding Detroit?

Peaceful and harmonious co-existence between the peoples of the Detroit cultural and ethnic monolith together with social justice will not only harmonize Detroit to a poliarizing unit but to a viable component, rid of rancour and incessant social instability. The marginalization on a section of Detroit in terms of infrastructure and other social provisioning will only configure into a litany of communal conflict and political intolerance.

An overhauling of education in Detroit is crucial for rebuilding the city. An educational system with choices, values, void of otiose and elitist policies of the stakeholders and government and that which will embellish and enhance the task of rebirth by ceaselessly educating the minds of the citizens to foster speedy sanitation of the decadent society of Detroit is obviously what we need. Detroit minds need liberation. The education of conservative consciousness; individual effort to solve problems and redefinition of the operational methods of the existing system will offer a quantifiable base for the attainment and actualization of rebirth.

A positive value of spiritual tolerance between the various lead religious groups in Detroit; sensitization of the individual religious adherents to uphold the sanctity of life and never waste it in the name of religion and institutionalization of a waste-phobic religion will rebuild Detroit. Religious organizations must not turn itself to a citadel of destruction and arson, but that which must acknowledge the issues of differences in wealth – capacities of individuals and that which must uphold respect for human beings. These among other religious values are actually what are required in rebuilding Detroit.

Our political problem lies on the fact that we suffer a dearth of value oriented politicians. The intemperance of the politicians to chicanery and trickery has made Detroit grow worse everyday and unless the breed of politicians with positive value and merit come by, the situation might never change. Politicians should uphold values that restore citizens’ hope for a better Detroit. Values of sincerity and probity of service to the people and all round osmosis of political policies for the betterment of the conditions of the hunger-infested citizens is heterogeneously vital. Creating a balance between Democrats and Republicans can help rebuild Detroit.

Detroiters must no longer indulge in anti rebuilding activities. Imbibing a culture of citywide commitment will do us a big favor in view of the aimed process of rebuilding a stronger and more viable unit, Detroit. Detroiters and their leaders should demonstrate a genuine exemplary lifestyle that can acculturate and inculcate into the growing citizens, the sense to choosing the right value and also, the creative minds towards the pursuance of aggressive value oriented lifestyle.

As means of valediction however, it is worthy of note that the critical values for rebuilding Detroit lies within our focal range and seems very attainable only if Detroiters see and take up the call to duty of rebuilding Detroit to the best of our ability. Introspectively, the values for rebuilding Detroit are self based but depend on a generalized articulation. Therefore, by and large, my values and your values, once positive are very crucial and critical in rebuilding Detroit.

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