Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Detroit and the Results of True Brotherhood

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Detroit and the Results of True Brotherhood

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The city of Detroit was handed a landmark ruling and a blessing to go forward as it exited - in just over 16 months - the nations largest municipal bankruptcy filing. After months of negotiations and creative solutions, Detroit arrived at a historic settlement that is endorsed by every major creditor, the city's unions, and the city and state governments (see "In historic ruling, federal judge sets Detroit on path to exit bankruptcy," by Jacob Axelrad).

Experts called the speedy resolution unheard of in a bankruptcy filing of this size and complexity. This type of legal battle in companies and governments can often take years during which creditors argue over how remaining resources will be divided. In the beginning, this is exactly what was expected in Detroit - a city where people had combative relationships within suburbs, unions, and government. But a shift created an environment in which all parties began to work together, expeditiously, toward one common goal. Former adversaries became partners, and disagreements resolved into cooperation (see "A model in Detroit's post bankruptcy plan").

While many factors helped make this process a success, perhaps none played so critical a role in the turnaround of the city as a sense of true brotherhood. Brotherhood implies harmony as we work toward a common goal. It should be, in fact, the natural state for all mankind. Natural, because it is in our true nature as the image and likeness of the one God, as outlined in the Bible. This real, God-established individuality of man is not divided, but we all express the oneness, or unity, of God because God is the one Father who created us all (see I John 3). The founder of this paper, Mary Baker Eddy, spoke at length in her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" about the importance of recognizing that we all have one Father-Mother and what momentous healing this truth can bring to the world's areas of conflict. She wrote, "It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love. …

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