Think before you Speak…

Nowadays many quickly bounce to a bias opinion, before knowing the facts… I discover “detectives” amongst friends, “specialists” about other’ people behavior and oddly some stick it out (past their quick voiced judgment…) even beyond a point of disapproved logic… Often such invitations to boycott others is based on a fluke of truth, a mere first emotion – bagatelle fractions of reality wrapped in harsh words. I like a good joke, a fun comparison; Good satyr and cynicisms sugar coat the already cruel reality amongst so many narrow minded opinions… we need to be less critical of the voices and expressions by others and more in tune with a fair view of the reality before us…

This reality is simple: Connect with nature, find inner balance, eat less synthetic products, show compassion.

Zen is just that. RELAX, feel the GROUND you stand on and measure your INTAKE.

Relax; control your breathing at least once a day. If the word meditation reminds you of religion, simply switch off your subconscious breathing reflex and control for a few minutes your air intake. Slow it down. Breath deep. Exhale your lungs completely, enjoy the rush…

Place yourself on earth; not fibrous carpet, dead wood or cemented floor. Earth. Bond, once a day, even when in a city, make an effort to touch base with “real” grounds.

Control your intake, the air, the water the food. The sound you listen to and what enters your body through your eyes. Close your eyes and if there is nervous twinkle, you are not relaxed. Listen to beautiful music, or the sounds of nature. Loud coordinated noise like most music does not aid you preferably. If silence frightens you; find a partner to share your “quiet” time with.

Watch what you eat – you are what you eat: seriously, if it is foremost synthetics then indeed you are partially synthetic…

From this perspective, form your opinion about events, actions and situations around you. You will discover that your ideologies are less angry, less bias and possibly less interested about the details that seem to dictate the lives of your friends.

All energies we set into motion are out there… I don’t know where, but I think we constantly walk through them, like spiderweb spun from trees.  With all the kinetic energies, cell phones, electricity and voiced opinions it feels sometimes like walking through “clattered” air.

Look into the eyes of others and find nice words to share. Keep your message short and focused.

Smile often.

One bite vs. A life as a chef

It is truly odd coming back to Los Angeles after spending time in pre-Olympic Europe and Singapore. Tossed around by rain in London, hail in Switzerland and the brutal humidity of South East Asia – I’m still wandering in a cloud of jet-lagged daze. Impossible to adjust to my craving for spicy curry… Good quality of life, healthy food, present (as in not texting…) social interaction and a well-adjusted sense for business is surely lacking in the US. Although I love living in California (not just because of the weather) I tend to compare and wish I could surround myself with only the best of other lands.

I rebound with familiar faces from the rwp (red white & pure) days in Singapore. Not much seems to have changed. As life moves forward we merely become more wise about the past and cautious about the future. There is a sense of belonging when dealing with EYS (Eu Yan Sang) mixed with a peculiar hesitant. I love the general intelligence, the kindness of Asia cultures. I do clash a little with my “pushy” American attitude, trying to add quick efficiency. Seemingly, my free spirited and enthusiastic ways of adapting to the possibilities does not align with a corporate structure of a slow disective approach. Here at home we are more speditive in developing ideas into reality, but lack the sincere and logic business structure.

The need on both ends to come together and bridge a complex TCM conundrum is still the same. I have developed into a gifted, versed chef with the unique ability to incorporate simple herbal formulas into tasty food. EYS has the ingredients, the testing facilities and production factories lined up and needs my talent to produce intelligent food items that can attract a worldwide multi-generational clientele. How do we come respectfully together?

My dilemma is still the same: It’s hard to promote oneself as a good chef; Until you have sat on my table, tasted my food, shared my compassion… my job’s best resume is a short lived three dimensional experience. What seems a quick “toss-together” of seemingly lucky gestures and choices is actually a professional methodic selection of actions to blend wisdom, – years of study and struggle – into a dish. When I form flavor, balance taste and target sensations it is methodic and well thought out. The critique is brutally quick. One bite, judged by a few seconds of lesser joy and my entire reputation is murky!

An irate chef would burst into a defensive mode of reactions, insulted by the simplicity of the judging entity that seemingly excluded years of study, ignoring the artistic layers that are incorporated in a dish judged… Judged by a lesser compassionate palate, unaware of the circumstances that now counter against the master: The soils composition, the mediocre bare ingredients, the lack of tools and time… The personal facts, the judge’s physical momentary circumstances…? One few seconds of tasting a nibble and a whole life is measured by this instant.

I have long learned not to give in to such negative notions. One must look at the entire experience: Secured by my research, supported by my wisdom and motivated by my drive to please the most common of palates, I embrace a challenge and provide solutions. The simplicity of merely cooking a meal to please and earn an income bores me. Today’s life dictates that we find healthy solutions and fuse together the best of minds to create intelligent food without synthetic toxins. My motivation is not the business aspect, although I respect that money is vital to sustain trade and production.

Back to the drawing tables – in my case the test kitchen… I gotta get this right! My sense is to work, to show my kind intentions and trust that others will protect my rights.

At this point I find myself newly motivated by possibilities. It feels incredible to be a part of a development that sincerely caters to bring great food to the mass. In a world where most “nutritional” food is a farce, I welcome the opportunity to design TCM food for EYS again. This requires my artist side to bow to the slow moving process of regulations and bureaucracy…

Where is there a decent curry house in Los Angeles?

TCM chef Raphael

Cleverly fusing Cultures

These last few days were unusually turbulent. However, the prospects of my future is exciting.

This next blog deserves a thank you to Caroline Quest for a brilliant flicker of professional direction.

Whenever I travel to the Eastern world and stay at a “world-class” hotel I am confronted with a cultural curiosity about food. Most Chinese hotels seem timid when catering home-cooked food to a Western clientele without forfeiting a little of their culture. The menu selection foremost reflects the “request” of their guests who seemingly are opposed to classical traditional Chinese food.

Hey, I have visited places that had organized universities 3000 years ago but humbly ordered “Continental Breakfast…” Uncertain we find ourselves drawn to the simple bread/butter and müsli section while the “other side” clearly offers a more sophisticated variety.

Most Western travelers settle for customary home-cuisine and tend to be less open minded about unfamiliar flavors, smells or preparations of cultural cuisine. Such limitations dictate Asian hotels to cater a food selection that does not highlight their heritage. Although guests would like to experience (i.e.) Chinese cuisine, they might be trapped by several factors that influences partial (familiar) selection – not to risk their health, not encouraged to cope with new essence or too time constricted to step out of ones customized frame. It’s just business as usual…

My concept masterfully creates a cultural bridge: A clever fusion of traditional Chinese medicine with traditional French cuisine. An experience these clients bring back home with insight that the food they consumed and the history behind these menus will aid their wellbeing, longevity and it all tasted delicious!

Many hotel corporations disappoint having to design a skillful menu that highlights local tradition and fail to cater to the curious taste buds of their sophisticated Western clients. Chefs and Managers must learn to unite local flavors with European culinary highlights. My forte is developing menu ideas that blend local delicacy and plate them smartly in an all accepted, familiar presentation.

This concept of utilizing a 3000 year of Chinese wisdom with French cookery is my unique signature: I focus on local ingredients to highlight the flavors that will bind diverse cultures together through dining. I mix a well-rehearsed ancient knowledge with a modern appreciation for food; a perfect mélange to bridge the East with the West.  The selections look European but they are true fusion Cuisine.

For many luxury hotels catering to a complex traveler, my TCM fused concept adds a beautiful expansion to their menu curriculum. Guests recognize instantly that they are enticed to comfortably step into a cultural experience. A Chicken Cordon Bleu with Goji berry sauce looks familiar and invites for a discussion about immune boosting properties and its eye nourishing qualities. Guests become fascinated with a rich Chinese history. When the concierge explains that the ginger and lemon grass infused hot tea awakes energies and helps travelers balance their jetlag – he proudly shares a common sense of culturally known fact.

A chicken soup laced with TCM becomes a welcomed dish when fighting an outbreak of flue, saving a hurried business traveler. And this Chinese soup is a local feast. The strange, brown tea brewed from Luo Huan Guo – a perennial fruit of a vine – helps balancing body temperature during the humidity of a South East Asian summer and is a safe, sweet beverage for diabetics. It needs a harmonized team to purvey the message correctly: That is my job!

My menu creations are not just recipes for master chefs to follow, I train the whole team to convey a very hotel-personal message across continents while designing specific culinary delights and tonics – I fuse traditions while encouraging each side to uphold their identity. We become a stronger and healthier world by respecting our heritage but adapting and embracing the best parts of each distinguished cultures and share the accumulative knowledge that is available to all of us.

TCM chef Raphael

WATER / WINTER

WINTER

In physiology through TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) the element water represents the kidney, urinary track, your bones, hearing and manifest deficiency or overabundance in either your dry or oily skin, lack of energy or sexual drive and weakening of bones. Psychologically water manifestations include fear, causing hardened skin, tears or any liquids to escaping your body. These descriptions originate from 3000 years of study and have been poeticized, fused with witchcraft and confusing theories of a simple understanding of ancient wisdom that nowadays is fairly scrutinized with scientific knowledge.

The accumulative information available today is methodically understood as correct: Today we can teach a younger generation about water viscosity, density, conductivity and it’s thermal properties and pretty much every child (should) knows that water consists of three atoms; one hydrogen and two oxygen which turns into gas (vapor) when heated and expands when frozen – this knowledge, not as scientifically refined as we present it today has been described in astonishing parallels in ancient times. As fluid as science admits to be today, new discoveries bring us deeper into fractions of details and allow us to find subliminal connections to all essence that is life. In my abstract simplification I like to think that with (or without) all the knowledge, a mere fact persists: All matter is connected.

Life is more than simply science. …Standing on the ocean front, your arms stretched out, inhaling the moistened air and hearing the breaking sounds of waves can evoke a sensation beyond physiological wisdom… Is this real?

We tend as humans to need poetry, even a brilliant scientist will escape into a subliminal stimuli reality, accepting that what positively arouses our brain can show effect in our physical existence. (I’m currently living with a scientist – debating this very unscientific quandary).

We enjoy “reality-distractions” like horoscopes, theater, music and novels, art, circus and religion – all to entertain and expand our creative archive – Creating a cognitive mixture of real and surreal that cannot be separated from our realities like biological facts, limited by our irreversibility of time, social politics juggling laws to live in society and the scientific compelling discoveries.  We are a unique limited being, self affirmed we all could be a genius, outliving expectations but unable to get along: It is not the science that creates our struggles on earth; it is the “reality-distractions” by which we segregate individuality because we tend to refuse to be alike.

I enjoy poetical comparisons of science with my perception of living amongst each other: A drop of water is harmless until united it can hurl its power in the form of hurricanes, tsunamis and tidal waves.

In TCM the power of winter is the power of emphasis: it emphasizes the essence of life. Water when frozen is hard, stagnant and encapsulates, preserves – until spring changes the climate and liberates all movement.

Water representing winter invites us to hibernate through meditation, containment, concentration, and the storing of our energy. This is the season for resting and maintaining of our reserves, gathering strength for the year ahead. If we don’t follow nature we will become ill, weak and tired. We must be less active in this season, conserving our sexual energy, going to bed early, and sleeping late. Like seedlings that cannot sprout until they have gathered sufficient strength, our ideas and physical wellbeing is jeopardized if our energy is dispersed or drained.

Winter is a time of stillness, quietude and recovery. We call it the most yin of the seasons: The days are shorter, work should be limited, time should be used to bond, cuddle, to be still and eat less. The energy of winter is latent and potent: in this state of resting deep within, energy is collected and held in constraint; Abundant reserves within give us courage and strength of will.

As the days become warmer and brighter with the approach of spring, nature opens her eyes from the slumber of winter and looks to the new growth cycle that lies ahead.

If we have followed nature’s way and rested through winter, we will emerge with restored energy, clear vision, and a sense of purpose.

TCM Chef Raphael

Can your DNA change?

A fascinating discussion yesterday inspires me to write this long over-due blog on the topic of “the possibility of blue print change”.

Being dedicated to the study of TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) and fusing old wisdom into modern applications based on current science confronts me often with either inherited stubborn perspectives or even a dismissive attitude towards a stunning reality of physical possible changes: Many ancient theories are now fingerprinted in laboratories and provide results that require modern understandings of physics to embrace a new layer of possibilities – the limitations of physical life as we understand it today could possibly be altered by influences that are not materialistic. Henceforth opening the perception that not all phenomena are a result of material (matter) interaction.

Sure, most of us would say “we know…” but as a physisist, biochemist, researcher or anyone dedicated to conclusively understand how matter interacts and changes, a simple “agreeing” is not a scientific acceptable result.

In the discussion yesterday I was confronted with an old perception of DNA being the manifested single reality of your unique inborn coding of “what you are”. Although in the last twenty years we have slowly adapted to the scientifically respected notion that indeed ones personal DNA can alter during a lifetime (disregard the fact that aging protein weakens and cell formations disrupt…) – there are unique studies that exposed significant changes in DNA coding of people that seemingly defies standard principle. External influences like radiation and the constant consumption of poison will change sequences and RNA mutational zipper outcome with original DNA can cause trouble in cell splitting. I am talking about the “impossible” changes that are now studied: When dead heart tissue has re-grown of patients without the influence of hematopoietic cell transplantation. (human altered cells from DNA foreign donor zipped with damaged RNA of receiver to correct or alter the disrupted mutation) The hard to comprehend DNA changes that occur after gemline DNA insists or resists the change of eye color, or to mark  expected inherited codings: We are aware that people self-altered parts of their sequences – mid life!

I edged on the discussion; a fascinating topic on the notion that DNA memory could trigger a methaphysical experience. I was explained that because we are by DNA partially designed by the ancestry hereditary protein formation this inherited “code of information” would bound us so strongly with our ancestry that my friend was convinced he had “déjà vu” like “feelings”  – committed of having experienced something that through the discussion warped into either soul, feelings or even “unexplained reality”…

I’m troubled when “God” or “soul” ends up in discussions, it really pulls the floor of reality from beneath… (or above?) and makes for very confusing debates. Indeed the topic quickly drained into: “you don’t see that, do you”  and the silly dismissive notion: “ what school did you go to…?”

It ended with “…you cant belief this, can you?” I loath conclusive questions that impose the answer.

I belief it! I actually was convinced as a child that everything was fluid, all formable, water, stone and minerals. Fire contains water, as does water contain fire and the “magic” was the interchangeability of  all matter even with the unexplained what we often call “feelings”.  Later in life I learned that the emotions did trigger physical reactions, causing the burning of energy and expressing itself in blushing, euphoria, skin hives or causing us to buckle or wheep!

Whilst this is known in TCM for thousands of years, it challenges modern science to “formulate” it at least into a mathematically acceptable algorithm, that in itself is just a tool to express the unexplained, but it seems to comfort the curious that there is a matter on which there is a code that expresses the phenomena.

In conclusion: Your DNA is not predetermined a sequence that would tell us your life by birth. (Besides we only understand about 2% of the whole chain…) Since you are in matter, what you eat, inhale, see and impressed by the living circumstances of your territory and the choices you make – you have a dominant connection to yourself and within you can manipulate and indeed implicated significant the outcome of your coding’s destiny.

For my next discussion, the mere fact I feel insulted is hard to express in physical matter, but I do understand in such moments why others feel an urge to translate their emotion into a notion. I went home! Either way I awoke this morning happily realizing none of this changes my DNA.

Placebo from the perspective of TCM

Placebo effect in TCM is very important. As most of us experienced; when we set our mind onto the “right” track, we can achieve and super-achieve. That “right” part however seems to be the critical focus point, human success often lies within the mind adjusting to the physical actions we engage in. We can self-stimulate, more or less, an initiative thought that even translate into a biological response; releasing endorphins or react in other bodily ways. Undoubtedly, our mind can activate many physical responses.

We say “concentrate” and “focus” to express when pointing out the intention to align the mental capacity with a mental exercise – which we assume to be foremost the brain – is it a physical or psychological request? It is a little bit like asking the brain to concentrate, to make the brain relax while introducing a mental exercise. Your brain has to do two things to convince you it does nothing…

In TCM the word placebo is not likely discussed. It is foremost used in modernity when Western medicine is compared with traditional methods to show that either approach is better or to suggest that somehow neither works when the patient is mentally unwilling to corporate. I find such research especially odd in the face that TCM is foremost a preventative approach and claims no success in healing, curing or “fixing” a problem. TCM can support your wellbeing, balance disharmony and its foremost purpose is to keep you healthy and possibly prepared for disharmonies; i.e. accidents, aging, consequential dilemmas and mental strength. But TCM is no placebo. This wisdom is tested on millions of people with no toxic side effects.

Unlike western medicine – constantly trying to isolate the one dominant factor, element or culprit of any illness or discomfort. Even isolating singular essence of natural products as if “extraordinary” could make sense by itself. TCM tends to treat any disharmony from what each of us perceives to be “normal” by the origin of ones inequality. A very wise practitioner would point out that there is no visual problem but an unnecessary mental imbalance might cause a physical disorder and henceforth he treats the foremost the “mind”, the physical brain, the spleen – e.c.t. Within we have a quick claim to “non-scientific” manifestations…

TCM practitioners in their earliest documentations were aware of the synesthesia effects of foods, and herbs. They treated “unhappy people, living in the dark” by sending them outside. Think of your mom walking into your room, opening the curtains and encouraging you to get up:” Sweetie, a beautiful day awaits you!”

Also placebo might be in today’s world a “trickery” and misleading method of treating someone in need for physical or physiological attention, in TCM the use of positive encouragement and the combining of yoga, massage, acupuncture and the encouragement to cook yourself a brew of healthy herbs is a well understood combinational method of assistance. TCM treats each individual with different suggestions, unlike Western medicine that often describes the same pill for all.

In the last few hundreds of years, we as human societies have become very involved with our own visual image. As a result, physiological illnesses have risen. Without a mirror in every room, people in past times had lesser self-opinionated issues and in average cared lesser about miniscule details of their appearance. With modernity and fashion trends, encouraged through instant media influences, new levels of stress and urges to be “beautiful” have catapulted physiological and pathological illness in today’s world. We flock to be pretty and stay “young”.

TCM has no remedy to cure insanity nor can it help with vanity. Simply start with being less impressed about details. Embrace that all life is limited. Love yourself. You could call this advice placebo – but it does work!

Finally Teaching TCM

An incredible journey of my life has started: I am very excited to announce that I have now committed to teach Seminars for anyone interested in learning about the basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Unlike in Asia or Europe where there is a much stronger connection to herbollogy and past-present understanding of the powers of everything we ingest, here in the USA I had to develop first a manual, which carefully erases the myth and mystery of eating healthy.

This three day course is intended to give any participant, chef, nutritionist, health workers and foremost people in need of changing their life style, a significant base from where to comprehend the multitude of all nature has to offer us in supporting a healthy, immune boosting and life generating transformation.

A life with TCM can restore confidence, overall health, fight pollutant and toxins and support mind, body and endurance. This three day course will change your perception but does not require you to change your life style.

Check out the Student pages for more information.

TCM chef Raphael Gamon

teaching TCM

From a state of limbo I finally stretch myself out to write my next blog. 2011 ended in turmoil for me; confusing moments and insecurity about work, life and the progress of aging all mixed together with the realization that the cruelest lies are told in secret.

It is within the irony of life that my grasp of reality, dear friends and my joy for living would be my secure passing through this experience and finding within the energy to finish a group of projects I have postponed for too long.

The TCMchef website is in construction and I am challenged with finding translational solutions for the message and menu suggestions that can be adapted and copied for anyone interested in learning about preventable and curative approaches.

Within all the remedies I suggest to friends and strangers; I myself found great comfort in adjusting my own intake: It did assist me in curving around the above experience, good food, plenty of healthy teas, kind music, interesting books and no CNN for a few weeks. I feel peachy again and strong enough to guide others around me again.

I finished the book about my life. An old project that understandably progressed… On the doorsteps of fifty I find this a fitting “first chapter” and might even find the courage to send it off to print.

On my horizon for the near future shimmer outlines of teaching my TCM cookbook: That next unfinished chore on my desk. The idea of teaching this to others fills my chest with pride and joy. To be able to activate in others an understanding for caring not just for the very body that holds us in balance, but for nature and enable young people to plant a seed of wisdom in their minds, is incredibly awarding. There could be travel involved; a nomadic life once more…

First off I have to reduce the ballast that holds me tide to shore. Write down the many recipes before they fade from my mind and allow myself to bring this work to the printers as well; farewell knowing I might regret not having added “this” or “that”.

2012 will bring joy and comfort.

TCM chef Raphael

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I feel for that other one percent

The raising 99 percent movements in all parts of the world indicate an accumulative resentment to the unbalanced wealth and power distribution. Poorly guided by aggressively waving and shouting quarrellings of society – this growing groups express the unspoken aversion to the super-rich; While they (the one percent) comfortably maintain their luxurious meandering around laws, we – the lesser blessed – suffer past or repeated depression, recessions and Arab springs. It does churn my sense for fairness these days, while witnessing corrupt business investments, world political imbalance, the EU contagious crumbling and our unsuccessful personal efforts to stay ahead of pressing bills and old-tailed American comfort. Times have seemingly changed.
I still can’t ascertain an unified message in the Occupational precedence of my friends who invite me to participate…
Why would I become a nuisance to authorities when nobody can express a reason for this “standoff”? I realize that although the way of amending a majority respected change in Washington is impossible against powerful, lobbied rulers minority with privileged of a greater chance to have their self-protecting laws granted.

Soon we, the tax paying majority will have to bail out again the bonus advantaged managers of Wall street corporations…
Like the German guy who enters into the Hotel lobby in Greece: makes a 100Euro key deposit to check out the room before confirming his stay. As soon as he walks up the stairs, the Hotel owner runs to the butcher to pay off his weekly meat debt; the butcher hurries to the farmer and pays that 100Euro for the quarter cow he already utilized and the farmer pays this sum to the hooker for her past generosity and she returns to the hotel to equalize her debit for the last few visits – just in time for the German tourist to take back his deposit – while he declines to stay… Nobody in this “round-about pay-out” ever produced nor generated an income and the consequential dept cycle has already started again.

Americas productivity is lousy. As little as a government financial sustainability is possible in Italy when retirement was lowered to the age of 50… The US must admit that the archaic calculations for Social Security is wrong: There is no meandering around this reality. We eat more in average, work less, complain more, participate less in public causes, horde more, care less for others while constantly bombarded with media driven ideas of needing accessories, updates and luxurious bagatelle.
We measure our goals on the illusionary imageries of a few media-advantaged “stars” that set a standard of impossible accomplishment that can never be achieved. We idolize a common idiotic perception that our unified personal right is to compare success to anyone “above”. As if a reflection of true happiness and success is merely obtained when being that very rich person we now so begrudge for dictating an unattainable goal. Seven billion people and we all should be millionaires; we all should have food on the table, specified education, health, vacations, servants… errr wait a minute? No classifications…?

I find personal happiness in the fact that I am just simpler. Better off than many and admiring a many; able to help others and still knowing I could spare more. I find peace in the knowledge that some are not as lucky and others with privileges are not as smart. I ponder about my chances and embrace the fortitude for humbling moments. I cater to my friends (work as I love it…) and enjoy simple gestures of their presence. Presents too… Neither do I aspire to be rich nor do I envy their dealings. I do see a lot generosity from the wealthy few; but I realize that their gestures are less shiny compared to the foolish few that steal our attention with their prosperous braggings. My life has taught me to be suspicious and cautious when one group categorizes the other group on behalf of the actions of a few. In my business the nouveau-rich are likely to lack etiquette and old money shows no need to steal the spotlight. A few druggies do not frame that smarter group out on the fence in search for comon direction to equalize unjustice.

If there is “change” to come from the occupation it must foremost define the need for equal social service, healthcare, fair education and a simplification for “quality” of life. I like that young people tent together, touch, talk, debate and share “real” space amongst each other; I was slightly concerned that with all the isolated social media trends a whole generation will forget what a hug, an emotion or unity – face to face – feels like.

Go, occupy the parks, the schools and the streets in peace and find out what your message is; I might join in the near future…

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Freedom of speech

The right of people to express their opinions publicly without governmental interference, subject to the laws against libel, incitement to violence or rebellion, etc.

I find myself sqeezed in an interesting dilemma; seeded and grown merely in my little head – triggered through an incident at a work meeting that left me pondering and rather inbalanced about my own views.

As a liberal and true democratic centered American, I treat my job assignments even in foreign lands from a basis of integrated US constitutional rights perspectives; a set of all inclusive human rights and (young) regulatory principals that within her complicity are well thought out, debated and defined by many brilliant minds. The US constitution.

I often find myself alert in a quench between the restrictive laws of other lands and my personal approach to silently guide from a set of citizen amendments. My respect for the home constitution outlining my roam of actions have defined a comfortable boundary wherein I act, think and find rectification when reflecting upon odd experiences and finding resolutions for confrontations and peace as a kind person.

In reverse: When people from other places arrive in the US, they bring with them “home-grown” habits and reflect their philosophical views that sometimes confront my set perspectives.

I was told once not to talk to others about things that bother me or affect me at my workplace; to not “steer-up” my emotional driven urge to voice my specific views but furthermore “report” my concerns or doubts to the manager instead… This at first seems such an absurd request; oppressing my first amendment rights but clearly, as it has been tested through every levels of the US court system I indeed have no legal protection for freedom of speech as employee of for-profit and non-profit corporations and other non-governmental employers.
Worth: The freedom of employers to terminate employment at any time, for any reason means that employees in private industry have no legal rights to freedom of speech.
Simply; as a private citizen who is not in the public eye, the law extends a lesser degree of constitutional protection to the Managers statements at issue.

And here starts my ponder. I manifested over the nearly 50 years of my existence to a standard of living that respects the constitution as a “rough-draft” designed for an intellectual elite with a dose of moral principals and a healthy respect for the living and Mother earth, that no law fairly includes the extremes on either end of a philosophical perspective. Yes, you can call your mom an “asshole” and a many groups test their “freedom” with extreme use or abuse to force defined outlines of the original drafts of our constitution; enforcing referendum, amendments and creating popular initiative. I’m however bothered by the fact of confrontation in the middle of these extremes when told at my workplace that I shall not express opinion, critique or compulsive notions as this would jeopardize my employment… And it could.

Looking upon the current political turmoil with this experience in mind: it defines precisely the mood and dismay of the odd scenario of competing aspirations to the Presidency on the republican ticket and in the growing mass of demonstrations about the dislike in discrepancies of power and wealth in this country. 98 percent of the people in today’s US Senate are registered millionaires debating if the richest could contribute with a larger tax participation to bail out our failing economy, while 98 percent of the population make up the “reality” of an average income group that has long seen their unreachable chances of the American dream erased.

What we have is the right to voice our opinion, to debacle and share our dismay possibly from a perspective of adapting to ideas, changes and contributing through this process in finding appeasing solutions. Any restrictions within a group or from the rein of leadership position is a very clumsy and uncomfortable idea for creating a work environment that invites for trust and respect. Communication is encouraged; any debate with fists and weapon or under “threat” is too simple for my person.

It is a young Nation in comparison; even the multiple definitions are fresh scares of tested ideas… I do believe that voicing my every thought has liberated me from becoming an introverted recluse. I respect the idea of discipline and decorum too much and strive for medium; a comfortable balance – although constantly curious about the edges of my roam…