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It’s sadly foggy in Los Angeles; the NEWS reports that we are experiencing 20 degree lower than average temperatures today… But sunshine is forecasted for the next days…

An odd anniversary is around the corner; the reminder of 9/11… I don’t promote the celebration of negative moments, nor would I recommend to annually highlight the glorious past times… We should appreciate the moments “as is” and focus on an the immediate and improve our future.

Antihistamine are drugs or plant essences that that binds to but do not activate histamine receptors. I  think our mental “allergies” need the same treatment: Find something pleasant that occupies the mind so to avoid bad thoughts infecting your brain and making you feel uncomfortable. 

A lot of folks evoke “our constitutional rights” nowadays; but oddly their reality is a “us against you” stand . The main media seems to become more bias and religious leaders mix politics with religion… When a nation goes through changes it seems opportunities “pop up” on many levels for political leaders to speak to their selected groups; segregating others that look critical upon these views. I could dismiss any of these extreme participants as uneducated or narrow minded; but seemingly that too would continue the “single-out” effect. Yet, I tend to think that well-traveled people have a more relaxed and composed understanding in embracing differences and adapt a more unifying perspective.

America is stuck in a repetitive cycle of counter reaction; Good education for family income levels below $45k has been neglected for decades, kids are sent off to fight in wars under the “a mission of Democracy” and a whole new generation of young kids are poisoned with food products that clearly have created an onslaught of side effects we cant curve… The results are physically and mentally damaged generations; influenced by millionaire radio talk-hosts confusing them with messages that sound like it is terrible to be poor and Government is their enemy… Their only way out seems to be via lotto tickets or winning the America has talent contest… 

Add to this religion; a mélange of fantastic perspectives of “what could be” fused with Theoretical dogmas of “this will happen if…” and you are presented with a modern America. Multi racial, yet disliking anything not equal, fragile infrastructure, reality revoked celebrity idols caring to the poorest, gun trained kids shooting up schools, media thirsty politicians lobbied by corporate interests beyond their sworn “I fight for you” and foreign espionage on our intellectual properties… The USofA struggles to compete with modernization in other lands and unable to take care of our poorest. So poor that trying to find happiness within is impossible an idea. Material survival must come first. So we compare, and we keep pointing out the “wrong” in others, maybe to look better in comparison? We are allergic to anything in our way to survive…

A Muslim Center in New York would not even be a medias leading story if any of the  reporters would investigated why several Mayors and NY Governors failed twenty years ago to assign this building as a Historic landmark: The true story of a very unpleasant chapter of “accepting the past as is” simply escalated this week into hate and blame. We can’t change the past by eliminating everything that “doesn’t fit any longer” – even so we have evolved, changed and understand now as wrong what seemed so correct in the past. We don’t learn by erasing. We set future generations up to repeat lessons they can’t visualize. We need these ugly symbols left by our forefathers to remember how not to act.

We have enough current issues to ponder: Floods in the India worlds, the “mysterious” disappearance of millions of barrels of oil in the Gulf and the fragile idea of bringing “peace” to Afghanistan. We struggle with illusions and inability when tackling reality, often  reporting it with a positive perspective. A mental antihistamine applied via placebo methods. To me it’s bleak. A wildfire raging in Colorado, an unusual Alaska cold-front cooling down the West, parts of Texas expecting record rain and this fog here in the peak of Summer cooling down California: However “nice” the media is trying to present the future, we all need to participate in being better now.

Take the changes serious. Encourage each and show proactivity. Occupy your tendency for frustration with showing love to your neighbor. Offer to help someone and explain this is how you want to cope by voiding your darkest thoughts. Get away from the TV, from the never ending on-line tirade about (mis-) information. Anyone trying to convince us about “their” truth is not out to unify. It is okay to have strong opinions, but often – especially in respect to the first Amendment of our Constitutional rights – it would be wise to not form everything that floats through our busy minds into words.

I restrain calling anyone with different views stupid. You’re just coloring our world with hues of variations. And although it is increasingly frightening to live in a nation that consumes so much poisonous materials: from inhaling toxins in the air to the terrible foods produced, to the entertaining gossip we share amongst each other, the loud and meaningless, lyric-deprived music we adapt, to the silly faux heroes we praise in sports and on “reality” TV shows, including theoretical “religion”, violent movies, evil politicians… We might only be hyper reacting to all the synthetics consumed and could actually be quite sane if only we’d share a kind word with each other: Antihistamine anyone?

I’ve pleaded in my blogs like this before. Simply stop reacting: Accupuncture recommends ways to defuse your immediate notion to react. Stop texting for a day, TV for a day, smile off a rude comment and turn it into something funny. Really, you can! Laugh off the idea of changing others but set an example in how to being reasonable. Stay away from negative influence and respect, encourage efforts that intend to please and become a part of change from negativity to beautification. Do it for yourself. If it is true that Nature can deal with an oil-spill of such horrid amounts, we should be able to “pest control” our little lives for just a few hours. Start by eating healthy products, detox your body and mind. Listen to soothing music and speak out a compliment while holding a hand, smile more.

Yes, I believe that the sun will shine again, if not tomorrow – certainly within the next few days…

TCM chef Raphael


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