From Everybody Here to Everybody "Out There"
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
A fool never cares when he's risking his life,
for excitement or thrills or for fame.
And if he survives other fools call him brave.
to the wise he's a fool all the same.
A wise man knows fear when there's danger to face.
So he's serious thoughtful and grave.
He'll do what he must in the best way he can.
And THIS is the one who is brave.
If you talk to people in New Orleans. there is a sense that they are on a mission. And that perception is reflected in public awareness. The small group of co-creators I have met in Detroit are also on a mission, but that mission has yet to be understood across the city.While I already thought that there was much in this book that applied as much to the church as to cities, this sunk it for me. HOw many of us who are leaders in the church have run into what I once heard someone call "Golden Era Syndrome", that belief that we can return to what once was [note that it is my belief that GES also involves a whole lot of false or selective memory which blinds us to the flaws of that time]. There is a belief that if we just do something, or some set of things we can recreate the church, or the economy, or the community that we had once.
Dan Gilmartin, Executive Director of the Michigan Municipal League said to me, "Many of our leaders are trying to recreate the economy we had here in the 1950's and 1960's. They still believe that is possible. And until we break from that thinking, we cannot move fully forward." Gilmartin is representative of many up and coming leaders who are battling with decades of tradition and industrial era thinking.