Holiday Plant-Based Burgers-Excellent

Are you sick of hearing about C A R B S yet???

Too bad.

Here is an excellent source of C A R B S that tastes fantastic! Veggie burgers have been called vegetarian junk food, and while that may be true if eaten as daily fare, they are great for the holidays and other social events. I say these Beyond Burger brand veggie patties are essential for those plant-baser/C A R B eaters at your holiday social gatherings. As veggie or gardenburgers go, I have considered them a rare treat, but these are actually tempting to keep on hand as a weekly splurge or something (probably a slight exaggeration). Anyway they’re good! Most people who still eat the Standard American Diet like how they taste and it is actually hard to tell the difference.

At any rate be sure to try some and happy ALL holidays!


Human Diversity And Biodiversity-Two Essentials

Last year, December 2019, I attended a live performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker for Christmas. It is one of my favorites and I can never see it too many times.

One thing I have missed the very most during this COVID-19 craziness is the option of attending live concerts and many forms of the arts. Regardless of where you are on the accept or reject spectrum of this worldwide reaction of nearly the entire year 2020, you probably won’t deny that one year ago it was more convenient to do the things you like to do.

The answer to many of the world’s problems is a multi-pronged approach, but one of those essential prongs is diversity. There is so much out there to learn and explore! It is a wide world and everywhere has something charming and unique.

I submit that there are two parts of this proposed solution: 1. Expanding the diversity of humanity. 2. Promoting the biodiversity (thriving plants, and animals) of the planet.

Like the biodiversity of plants and animals of today that we humans need, which took eons of time to form. Likewise, the diversity of humans in terms of culture and art alone took centuries to form and perfect to the applicable and performance state that we enjoy today. We humans need both types. We also need each other, the lessons and wisdom acquired from other lands. This must be shared and spread. It is human diversity at its finest.

There are many things that I am grateful for, but among them are practices or philosophies from other areas of the world about each of which volumes could be written. Many wonderful and profound practices and food that I personally feel grateful for come from China. For example, I am grateful we have the awareness and knowledge of Feng-shui, the wonderful health benefits of green tea, (ooh and who can forget veg Moo-goo gai pan? yum, yum) the martial arts, (many areas have their own flavor of martial arts too including Russia, Japan, Israel, Brazil etc), accupuncture, Taoism to name just a few from China alone. I have also been grateful for Buddhism from India, to know of it and to have had the chance to explore it.

Where would we humans be without the knowledge expanded, the wisdom shared, the diversity that has been spread? We would either be in trouble or quite bored and lonely. Without the recent yet gradual spread of diversity throughout humanity I believe that our troubles our differences would have collapsed our foundation before now. Abundant diversity is essential to the continued well-being of people, planet and nations.

I need to experience the people, plants, animals, food, spices, climate, herbs, art and culture, of China, Europe, Russia, Singapore, Mexico, Rome, Japan, etc, and all distant lands, and I submit that you need this too.

We all need to experience these, so let’s create the sustainable setup that allows and encourages this. Enjoy these through the food, culture art and soak it in through mindful reverence from earth to human what was done to create that music that inspires you, that specialized martial arts’ technique or that exotic dish that bursts with wonderful flavor and aroma. Pick any topic and it will have an extensive history of its own and volumes upon volumes could be written about that very history. Oftentimes the history was tumultuous and very sad. It is amazing what was done so that we could experience and enjoy what we do today. Most of the reasons for that tumult and sadness have a common denominator: the learning by trial and error and current understanding of humans. Looking back, we see the errors and we call it history. Hindsight is better than foresight. Even today with our clever gadgetry and technology, it is humbling to consider current understanding of humans and the nature of things. Oftentimes we assume that we know, and we don’t. At those points where we thought we had arrived and were “good to go” were some of the greatest historical errors since now we know better. There were also historical moments-miracles where just the right decision or combination of factors prevented disaster. The history of everything under the sun changed drastically for better or for worse after World War II. This year 2020 on many fronts has been compared to WWII, pre, post during. As collective humanity, we do our best; and hindsight is better than foresight.

Take note of practices, philosophies, teachings from far away places of the world that have enhanced your own life. You’ll be amazed with what you discover and by how enriched your life already is through diversity.

A few years ago I was at a non-profit event where a certain Russian dance was being taught and practiced in a group of people. We would clap our hands five times and then rotate, to then clap and move again in precise harmony and unison. It is amusing to note that my dog happened to be with us and with each rotation, he thought that person was approaching him to give him affection. He was so determined to get the overdue pat on the head that seemed to keep missing him, that we ended up integrating a brief pet on my dog’s head as part of the dance with each rotation. It actually worked surprisingly well and added to the laughs and the fun of this obscure Russian dance we were learning.

I am by no means a great dancer, but I know enough to appreciate the hours of rigorous training and skill that goes into any dance number. We practiced until we were all tired and while we were far from having the dance flawless, the necessary focus and the togetherness was very fun and there was something special about it. It brought me in tune with myself and others to a degree that had been foreign to me prior to this experience.

Reflecting on this caused me to recall that every single country, culture and people on earth have their own unique forms of expression including dance. There is also unique music, food, spices, medicines, beliefs desserts, and many forms of art. The world is so fascinating. It makes you want to see it all! We all have been, or know of someone who has been to these places that we only hear about. China, Thailand, the Philippines, Russia, the Serengeti, Rome, etc. Think of your own experiences in any of these places, or the people’s stories who have been there. I touched on this in an essay of my second book, Life Is Conscious, Live with Purpose. Abandon Fear. Coexist.

The stories, mixed beliefs and shared experiences of other lands are captivating. Every single people and culture on earth has something extraordinarily unique and worth sharing for the further improvisation, diversity, well-being and unity of humanity. It is a new perspective of cultural evolution being enhanced by organic evolution. The two can and should live harmoniously.

Ever since participating in this Russian dance, I have learned more about Russia and it sounds like a fantastic place to visit. I only know a handful of informative bits about it, but it sounds spectacular. There is lake Baikal; in ecology class, we learned that it is the oldest, and largest lake in the world. It is more like a sea and it houses the only freshwater seal in the entire world. How fantastic is that?! I have a bird-guru friend from a zoology class who was scheduled to take a university songbird research trip in this region of Lake Baikal, but it was canceled due to the unprecedented events of 2020. I hope things clear up and she gets to go at a later time.

Further, we could never forget the music of Tchaikovsky. The famous Russian composer most noted for the classic Nutcracker. This meager pile adds up to the things that intrigue about the great, (with bitter cold winters; I can’t even imagine how cold) and vast area of Russia, but this meager stack makes me want to go there and see for myself. It sounds amazing, and it would be so incredible to see so many of these wonderful places, people and cultures, not from the standpoint of exploitation and conquest, but with intent to preserve, learn, share (in equal exchange, I might add) and taking nothing but wisdom, harm-free, ethically sourced souvenirs purchased from locals, and photos.

I hope that humanity can overcome its differences long enough to stop fighting with each other and damaging the earth. I am interested in exploring the diversity of the people all over the world, for in this are the answers to the social and environmental plagues of today, and I hope you can do this too. The biodiversity of the planet, (the plants and animals) unique to each area is also essential and at the top of my list. The two go hand in hand and are equally important. We will feel more alive as we increase and preserve the diversity of other creatures and life forms (biodiversity) as we do the same work for ourselves of our own cultural evolution and diversity.

There is much to learn and to explore. The new models, in order to work properly must include the encouragement of human diversity and keeping alive many cultural traditions and ethnic arts, and preserving biodiversity. It is too bad that the option to see and experience places and other people only exists for a fraction of people throughout the world. This is due to social discrepancies, economies and setups that don’t allow or accommodate freedom of choice.

What if it could be though? What if it were open and the design encouraged everyone to simply take turns experiencing or tasting other areas and cultures? The world would be a better place. Each would benefit from the “lessons {or spirit} of each land” (Staples, O. 2013 Life Is Conscous), and these would speak to that individual as nothing else can, and in the ways most needed.

I submit that it takes many types, many influences and many teachings stemming from the depths of the lessons of all lands that improves the world. Diversity and biodiversity go hand in hand and they are the answer. I hope humanity can learn to unite instead of further divide so that it can be so. Fierce competition, greed, fighting each other no longer serves humanity.

Instead, models and modes that foster awareness, education, unity, sustainability, cooperation and diversity are the answer.

Here is a local author with an interesting look at Russia, very fitting for this post. This book slipped the local author and the suggested reading section in my latest memoir since I had so much going on at the time. My sister gave me a copy of the book as a gift, signed by the author and it is a recommended read. Many reasons now combine to the intrigue of Russia and makes me want to see it someday. As an advocate of human health, the enviornment and sustainable living, I disagree with the part about McDonald’s, of course. Still, the book is very insightful providing a clear glimpse of Russia’s societal problems but especially its warm hearted, even if oppressed people, and vast (even if unimaginably cold) unique beauty. While reading, I felt like I was there in the frigid cold, white endless blanket of Russia:

A Train to Potevka by Mike Ramsdell

Also, several aspects of the philosophy proposed on this blog, and in my books such as post-small business, down the corporate ladder, ways of the folks, diversity, individual expression and creativity, the arts, and folk and classical music are exemplified through my sister’s Red Desert Violin online violin classes. She has students from all over the world.

So here’s to the natural spread, sharing and growth of two kinds of worldwide diversity and to the enjoyment of concerts and live events once again sooner than later, from 311 to Tchaikovsky, in normal fashion like we did a year ago. I hope we wake up from this wiser, more diverse, and open minded.

Happy ALL holidays to ALL.


Pardon mademoiselle, can I get some more C A R B S with that please?

Hey Everyone,

These are some edamame and chickpea noodles that are fun to try. They are organic and non GMO, and I was really impressed with the flavor and the texture of the edamame noodles! I had not tried them before, and personally, I prefer chewy noodles, (so these were perfect) but you can cook these longer if you like a softer texture. They are excellent with briefly steamed green onions and sesame seeds, (which, remember are a good source of calcium, as Dr. Fuhrman’s website shows).

Have you heard the joke that illustrates just how out of hand the carb phobia has become? “You can now hold up a grocery store with the word carb.” Yeah, it’s way out of hand and is an example of industry promoted misinformation. If you say CARB 5 times you ain’t goin’ to heaven.

“What are carbs again?”
“I don’t know; but I know they’re bad.”

While highly processed carbs may increase the chances of weight gain for some; CARBS with little to no processing such as beans, rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, (starches) are the correct diet for humans and are excellent for you. It is what you are designed to eat.

These noodles have a unique flavor and texture unlike anything else. They’re great after that sweaty workout for replacing C A R B/glycogen storage. (Don’t forget to replace the electrolytes too).

Here’s a lean, green C A R B machine right here-have been for more than 10 years now, and I’ve maintained the same weight and muscle mass. I think for the next post, I’ll show a photo of me in my speedo flexing my upper body musculature while holding a carton of oat milk and rice cakes.

Okay, let’s not and say I did. Anyway, be sure to try some of these noodles! And have some C A R B S (heaven will still find you) for both your and health and mine.

C A R B S. That’s what I said.

“I’m sensing your sarcasm.”
“Good, I sure hope so, because I’m laying it on pretty thick.” -David Spade, Tommy Boy

For a closer look at the details of the C A R B issue that is both amusing and informative, be sure to check out the documentary Gamechangers about bad a** plant-based athletes.

For more informative rantings that are also amusing as well as historical about this and other related topics be sure to check out my new memoir:The Irony of the Well
Remember that these blog posts are appetizers. The banquet is found in the books

Thank you for reading, learning and being open,


The Post University Fast

Something I was toying around with a bit seemed to choose now instead of later. I had been telling myself that after university, I wanted to do what I call a lifestyle fast.

University life is very hectic; it keeps you hopping, frothing, edging on your seat, laughing, crying, minioning at the mercy of your ability to follow instructions and retain information on little sleep, and high stress. It is very fast paced and high strung. I had driven so much during that time that I knew I wanted to take a “fast,” not only from driving but from that extreme mode that was taxing not only for my health but for the environment.

My time at university as stressful and hectic as it was, was very much worth it. I love learning, and an education is a great privilege, one that I hope that all people have the opportunity to enroll in education about life. It doesn’t have to be “to get a job” but to expand your mind and for more ideas to play with.

The past month or so I have arranged my life so that I only drive twice a week. This is my fast. Winter is a good time to do it, and I am really enjoying it. I walk the dog, read a lot, have caught up on some writing, work with my hands, keep in contact with friends and family and observe the birds, weather and even the occasional insect (at least until last week) that I still see flying around! Amazing creatures. It was an apropos time to do this, and I am glad to do it. It feels great. It helps to counterbalance somewhat that heavy-on-the-earth feeling that I had while so fast and driving so much during my time at university. It is a consciously different pace, which I discuss in the second book, Life Is Conscious, Live with Purpose, Abandon Fear, Coexist.

If you can, I recommend trying a lifestyle fast also and see what you find!
Do you have your eco flask? Every time I drink water I feel good in knowing that this is a one time purchase, and I don’t contribute plastic to the landfills, or worse, our oceans, parks, forests, lakes or streams.
Next time you’re out and about, you may want to pick up an eco flask. It’s a great feeling.

Remember that these blog posts are crackers and celery sticks. The banquet is found in the books.

Have a great weekend,

Article with Before and After Photos

Part of the story from my first memoir, The Wellness Diaries was featured in an article of Vegetarians in Paradise:Words from other Birds-Owen Staples Thank you again to Zel and Reuben Allen of Vegetarians in Paradise for the feature! The article includes excerpts from the book, and includes before and after photos; it is fun to resurface it every now and again to share. The photos are significant when you recall that the only difference at the time was the elimination of dairy, having gone from vegetarian that ate a lot of cheese, butter and cream to a eating a whole foods plant-based diet with no dairy. I began to ride my bike a lot more at the time also.

The photos say much about the weight loss, but there was also the decrease in cholesterol, the improved outlook on life, and perhaps most profound, the change led to the whole picture, a more solid meaning of life, a sense of purpose if you will-my purpose. Becoming acquainted with the earthly enchantments that teased out and about the buried-at-the-core-happiness, I now communicate it, live it and became it. I have found “my thang” so to speak. By searching the mysterious exchanges of within, I learned the important lesson of not trying to fill myself up with too many things from the outside. The improvement in health helped me to cut through the bogus, the clutter and to see with better clarity. Five books later I have written a thing or two about what I discovered.

This philosophy is also about you and where your journey will take you…

Your wellness tip for today: Don’t aim merely for weight loss, but learn to dance, play and wrestle with what makes you happy and be receptive as you watch for your purpose…

This takes time and layers. It is possible for every person on the planet to enjoy a long life of learning, discovery and expression. The happiness is the high-quality bread that accompanies you during your hike, not the destination. The learning, the bike ride and the dance continues.

Wishing you well in the exploration and interplay-those layers of sky, earth and ocean that is you.

“Know thyself; but consider other beings and things too”.


A Quick Follow Up About the Asian Market Post

These are some examples of gems that I have discovered at the Asian market from that post:In Your Neighborhood, or Not?

They are good brands that I have found and really like of curry powder with a small ingredients list, and sweet potato noodles. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of pure carbs,(see, it’s not a swear word after all), vitamins and minerals, and while these are in a more processed form, they are still good for you and fun to try. They are tasty, inexpensive and add a very unique texture to any cuisine. They hold moisture and lock in the flavor of ginger and sesame seeds like nothing else.

I love the curry brand because it has a small ingredient list of things that I can pronounce and I know what they are, with no MSG added. Plus the bottle is made of glass, which is more eco-certainly beats plastic. Now check that out!

Enjoy, and happy Friday (vendredi hereux). I wish I could write it in all 6,000 + languages of the beautifully diverse earth, but no such luck yet.

To your good health,


Info about Almonds and Plant Milk

You gotta love bumblebees-cold tolerant as all get out!
I found this article about almond milk and bee safety:Foodrevolutionnetwork

If you haven’t already subscribed to the Food Revolution Network with John and Ocean Robbins, I highly recommend that you do. It is loaded with information about sustainable food choices, nutrition, and tips for conscious choices backed by research for daily living.

As far as the almond milk, anything that helps the bees is a good thing. Those poor hymenopteran girls need all the help they can get. If you don’t already know, we humans are toast without bees and other pollinators. It is a big deal and it matters. Food matters.

I know what you’re thinking: “Oh man! One more thing that I can’t eat, or that has to be organic!” I understand and share your frustration completely. Currently, organic is more expensive too, and not everything should have to be organic. You see the reason for this. Health shouldn’t be so expensive and it should not be so much work. All these add up to just the point. The clean and sustainable practices should not cost the earth. It is bass ackwards; it is ineffective and unacceptable that the food supply is being adulterated, the standard is sinking, and unsustaianble practices still slide to increase volume and profits. This just needs to be accepted and changed to right-side up universally.

Too much of a good thing in a giant industry can become ruined. This is exactly why I have been saying for a while now, “lots of littles” instead of a few giants that dominate the market. This is hard to do with the current structure and monopoly, but we can unite together and demand results. Do you like healthy food, pure water and clean air? So do I. See, we aren’t that different after all.

Yes, it is definitely a time to raise the bar. I have seen it too many times to believe otherwise. When an industry or a corporation begins to grow it is hard to continue the beginning quality without cutting corners. The cut corners usually are such that the environment pays the price, and since we all live downstream from each other and breathe, drink, and eat what is sown, this returns to us. We’ve seen it time and time again, and this is exactly why voting with your wallet, demanding clean, safe, healthy food that is not full of contaminants, GMO’s etc is an excellent choice. It takes many people being well informed, making demands and voting with their wallets.

Is it a royal pain in the $$* in the mean time? Yes. But until things are right side up again we gotta keep workin’ it; with enough people insisting on reasonable and rational practices and pure, clean food (and water and air), change will happen.

So yes, I am going to do some trial and study on this myself and switch to other plant milks (Oat milk is sounding pretty cool right now) for a bit. Almonds and almond milk is of course great, and it is a great alternative to dairy; it’s just that the bees and other pollinators need to be a top priority, especially in the food industry.

I have written all about this and other issues and give examples in my recent memoir:
The Irony of the Well

Thanks for reading,


Your Meal Does Not Reflect the Cost (unless you ordered rice and veggies)

Here is something cool that I recalled from this year:
Last summer I met with some friends at the mall for lunch to look around and possibly go to a movie. Everyone was in the mood for different cuisine, so everyone split up and we were to meet at our chosen table. I went for the Japanese food cuisine (I don’t remember the name, sorry). I simply ordered rice with veggies, as there were few menu items that met my dietary standard. One of my friends also ordered a meat dish from the Japanese cafe. (They know me well and they won’t mind my sharing this). We watched the chef prepare the food and we proceeded to pay for our meals. I couldn’t help but notice the price difference! My rice and veggies with a little sesame seed and ginger sauce came to $3.03. I am not kidding. I was so impressed that I went home and wrote it down; in fact, I think I even borrowed a pen and jotted it on my hand so I’d remember because I’m cool like that.

That’s not it, just the room number, but you get the point.

When we all got to the table, the inevitable comparison of prices came up. Mine was by far the lowest in price, and was probably a fairly accurate representation of the price of the meal as compared to the cost of all processes that went into it: growing the rice, broccoli, cabbage, ginger and sesame seeds, and the shipment. How about that, the small business even made a profit from the mark-up and margin of the rice, sauce and veggies. It is something that I make at home, and the price is even lower when I make this meal myself. It was fun to be with friends though, support small business, and the meal was very tasty. Most of all, it just felt good. I knew I was eating something good for me and the earth.

The others’ meals were 6 and 7 dollars each; even the friend with the meat dish also from the Japanese cafe.
The price of your meal does not reflect the actual taxing cost on environmental depletion, and human health. If hamburgers were $20 each, this would be a more accurate representation of the resources required to make the food (or kind of like food) on your plate.

As conscious consumers in training, you will learn to see the real cost of your food, and to make a well informed choice, one that counts in a very positive way and accumulates wealth in health.
I remember this being discussed in several books I have read including Food Over Medicine by Pam Popper and Glen Merzer. Very soon,I hope to see measures that reflect the truth of price and actual cost of a meal, not only to the environment but in the ways that your meal is detrimental to your well-being (spirit, mind and body). What if?? What if we knew the truth and lived it? The world would be a better place.

Here’s to those three dollar sustainable meals at the mall with friends-priceless and timeless.

Be sure to read my memoir which discusses this and many other aspects of individual, societal and global health: The Irony of the Well

White and Green Friday!

For those few of us who only go out to walk the dog, or to the river on this day, the name change provides a new perspective. Last year we got snow, but this year we’re ever hopeful.

I am glad to know there are others out there like ourselves, even if we are only a small handful throughout the whole world.

Play that special tune.


More than Survive; Thrive and Inspired=Living!

On my other blog from 2014 I wrote on the effects of fearful thinking and I entitled it the fear chapter. I said that the motivation that comes from fear cannot be called motivation. Instead, what we refer to as motivation involving fear is a knee jerk reaction. I still insist that this is the case. The motivation that I am envisioning is related more to thriving and inspiration.

My degree and training seeks to improve the quality of life of all people. It is a global labor of love. There was no minor required for my major, but I chose one anyway-Zoology as it seemed an excellent fit, and it was.

People not merely surviving, but thriving and living inspired and inspiring with a spark that helps the next person to glow is the ideal. When you are inspired, there is an energetic exchange that takes place, even quickens your spirit, mind and body. You then see the full picture; you want to give back to others, to your community, to society and the globe. The religious who experience this begin to live their religion more fully, (like the perfect the saints concept affirmed in LDS teaching), and you will see and feel the essence of what the founder of your religion was describing in the ancient records, (whether that founder is Muhammad, Abraham, Jesus, Buddha etc). that there is a place between the brick and mortar of religion that is itself, alive, well and thriving, and is actually laughing with joy. Maybe suitable words for it are severely lacking, but in Christianity it is referred to as “the spirit of the law”, the essence (my chosen word for it). This essence is already woven between and throughout those molecules of brick and mortar of religion since “all spirit is matter” (Doctrine and Covenants; LDS record).

There is within this philosophy of live-and-let-live room for confident atheism too. Belief (or not) is ultimately a choice. Since harm reduction is the objective, freedom to choose is respected and encouraged. Just how religion should not be abused or used abusively or forced on others; likewise atheism should not be these. Both should be live and let live and not systemized or incentivized to infringe upon, cause more exclusion, or be forced onto the rights of others’ freedom to choose (to believe or not and practice or not) or to control people (Staples O. 2016). Adopting the right view (Buddhist term) of seeing one’s life, and that of others as a journey, not an arrival provides the needed clarity and respect.

The current mode is that fear is used to control large amounts of people. The media and governments have used these scare tactics. I wrote about this in the Fear Chapter of my old blog before I returned to university and became familiar with the Protective Motivation Theory (Rogers & Deckner, 1975). I still insist that fear causes a reaction, but we must get away from calling this reaction born of fear motivation.

On one hand, the destructive nature of greed having been discussed here illustrates the reason for this attempt to control or at least influence large amounts of people. Some of the reasons for this become self evident. You will likely see as I did that all options afforded by what we refer to as freedom in America: the anyone, anywhere anything, anytime for everyone has its parts that lack wisdom. At a global population of nearly 8 billion it is easy to see why freedom to choose may mean something different than it did 2,000 years ago. There simply isn’t enough space to omit rules and regulations. However, corralling people through fear with secretive methods toward a goal only known by some is ineffective in the end. It only adds to the inequality, distrust, lack of respect for each other (and for leaders) and increases- neighbor to community to global tensions.

I was glad to hear that Biden is planning to eliminate dependence on fossil fuels. This is a major step in the right direction to help prevent natural disasters, especially floods as the polar caps continue to melt with a rising global average temperature. Not to mention improved air quality (of which I am always commenting) especially in my state of Utah; I look forward to cleaner air for walking the dog, cycling, hiking and just being in the yard. All people deserve clean air to breathe and pure water to drink.

After all when a better way of serving humanity is discovered, why in the world does that improved method not become standard? The factors are many. One big reason is lack of education, a social problem that is another topic for another time. Here, this example is given to show why some key standards, rules and regulations are necessary (I agree there can be too many, and we’ll discuss that later) and I’m glad to see one taking place and one that is sustainable. This is one of the keys that I propose. The universal standard should now be sustainability. There is not the space or the resources in this world to settle for anything less at this point in 2020.

Instead of manipulation and a monopoly that seeks to placate, anesthetize and hide information from the masses, (most people now understand that this is happening); how about correct information and guides that allow people an informed choice in all aspects of spirit, mind and body on their journey through life. Harm reduction, assuming that individual has no intent for destruction or to harm others, freedom to choose is expanded, essentially giving people the benefit of the doubt. It extends trust and an invitation with an open hand. May I submit that this is the goal. Humans not merely surviving, but thriving inspired, inspiring because they were not only allowed but encouraged to do so. This is born of joy, joy that flows toward “pursuing happiness”. It says yes as much as possible instead of the many ‘no’s…

Fear may motivate when there is a real and immediate threat such as being chased down the street by an aggressive person, the traditional fight or flight. However, the misconceptions being generated now with COVID in places where there is no immediate danger is not motivation. There is the kind of fear that is self-manufactured (Fogler, 1995), but fear can also be generated, worsened and encouraged through media and government. This is where I have typically used the word fear-heroin, or recently I heard a term which I find even more suitable: Fear-porn.

It is my submission and hope that it is time to phase out fear-heroin, fear-porn (pick your preferred term) any form of manipulation, witholding the truth, or force and control of the masses through fear generation. This is not a healthy practice to say the least. It is unethical and it dissolves trust. Real power comes from wisdom, compassion and trust, not manipulation, control, fear projection, or brainwashing. This is a two way street involving both leaders and commoners. Inspired leaders know this. A good leader strikes a fine balance between being just, merciful, consistent, yet flexible and receptive when it becomes apparent that current modes and methods are not working, and when it may be time to try a route that is more effective. The citizens of America (and of the world for that matter) need to see more of these qualities not more reasons to distrust government or each other.

Instead, the solid guides of correct, accessible information and freedom of choice are keys that lead to a life of thriving and inspiration are the answer. The principles are taught in my books and this blog. They begin like the growing seed of a plant of spirit,(for those who believe) mind and body of each individual on their journey through life toward life (Staples, O. 2016). I theorize that the latter which I have proposed, encouraging diversity, reinstating free choice, the encouragement of a life of thriving and inspiration through accessible, accurate information is the path that leads to healing-individuals expanding outward to communities, societies and ultimately a sustainable world. Introduced properly, this model and approach would decrease poverty, improve the health, happiness and quality of life for many people on a global scale; it would reduce crime, addiction, improve global relations, increases biodiversity, and help to preserve the earth’s resources and ecosystems.

Be sure to read my memoir The Irony of the Well

New Testament, King James Version of the Bible
LDS teaching
Health Behavior Theory, (3rd ed. 2019. Hayden, J.)
Unjobbing, Fogler, Michael 1995
Staples, O. Eyes On The Prize, 2016.