A masked vigilante? No.
A symbol of hope? Yes!
After years of study, he has developed the tactics necessary to oppose crime and corruption conjuring hope and optimism. Ridding the city of evil street by street, he is on a mission to bring justice to the people of Gotham. Citizens need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy. In flesh and blood, he can be ignored and destroyed; but as a symbol, he can by incorruptible and everlasting.
The caped crusader known as Batman represents an intrinsic part of our collective subconscious. Symbolically, he represents the potential and hope we have as individuals for our community. Batman stimulates the part of the brain that aspires to do the same. That we to can use our deep sentiments and energies for the greater good.
Gotham -> Detroit
These cities have experienced economic decline, and apprehension in recent decades; however, In Detroit, you will find citizens with the tenacity and confidence to bring back their city. As advocates, it is our responsibility to show the people of Detroit that we will prosper in the face of adversity. By fostering an ecosystem of camaraderie rather than corruption, we can sustain growth and opportunity.
While some citizens have inspired the wealthy to participate in the modern renaissance in Detroit’s downtown core, the real opportunity for advancement lies in the neighborhoods of the city. We can learn from Batman, that we are constructs of our own imagination and ingenuity. We are not limited by our accessibility to special powers, but driven by elemental feelings of responsibility and devotion for one another.
It is not necessary to assume a persona when taking on the underworld (don’t let it stop you though). Be resourceful with the opportunities presented to you. This city continues to show that it’s full of people ready to believe in the future of Detroit. People deserve to have their faith rewarded.
“It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me”
Contributed by: Fares Ksebati (@FaresKsebati).