Monthly Archives: March 2012

Desperate Housewives Sheds Light on Top 1%

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OCCUPY WISTERIA LANE

So maybe the writers of the show weren’t calling on the viewers to go out and quit their jobs.  I do think that they were trying to instill a sense of hope among the people.  How could a wildly unrealistic Sunday night sit-com achieve this monumental feat?

Isn’t any movement based on some hope that the movement, and each individual’s efforts, will effectively result in some change?  After all, Ms. Parks didn’t stay seated in the front of the bus for nothing. 

But the Occupy movement isn’t about black or white or yellow or brown.  It’s about inequality of wealth. Occupy began in September of 2011 as “Occupy Wall Street”.  Movement was widespread across the country, and then the world.  In fact, there are almost too many locations where the movement is taking place, that there have been web pages dedicated to finding a movement in a city near you.  You can find the movement anywhere from Honolulu, to Spain, to the capitol of Kentucky, Frankfort.   

Some protesters have run into some problems, but they’re still making headlines; and they’re still creating awareness and gaining followers.

They all have hope that one day their current financial situation will improve.  They have hope that they will get a call today offering them a job, or at least an interview.  They have hope that they will be able to afford to move out of their parents’ basement in a few months.  They have hope that this Christmas they will be able to buy gifts for their loved ones.  They Have Hope.

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Desperate Housewives Sheds Light on Top 1%

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VIEWERS REACTIONS

Many viewers have raved about the decision by Mr. Solis to quit his high-paying job for one that will pay less than half his current salary but will help others. 

By following a simple twitter stream during the episode, many viewers tweeted comments like, “if only real executives would follow Carlos’ lead!”, “stunned by a Carlos’ decision to quit his job. #impressive”, and a few simple “Go Carlos!” (many of the comments I couldn’t translate the Spanish from the show’s Latino fans). 

In talking to some friends who are also loyal fans of Marc Cherry’s hit television series, I found that they were all very proud of Carlos.  One of them even related it to the current Occupy movement going on all around us, which sparked the idea for this very feature. 

So what do the viewers take from this fictional act of righteousness?  I think the answer is simple: Hope.

Desperate Housewives Sheds Light on Top 1%

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BACKGROUND

In recent episodes of the series finale season, Carlos has undergone intense alcohol rehab.  It was his first day back to work that   he realized he no longer wanted to be a top executive.  Gaby (Gabrielle) had bought him a brand new tie to show off at the office, and to her surprise Carlos was none too pleased with the gift. 

Carlos left the house that morning telling Gaby that he wanted to make a difference.  Gaby thought nothing of it, and off Carlos went to work.  It wasn’t until later that afternoon that Gaby received a phone call from her husband’s secretary, urging her to come to the office. 

At the drop of a hat, Gaby rushed to Carlos’ office.  She was shocked at what she saw before her- a line of previously laid off workers out the door.  As Gaby wound through the line leading into her husband’s office, she was stopped by his secretary.  The secretary informed Gaby that Carlos was writing checks with very large dollar amounts to every employee that he has laid off in his path to wealth and riches. 

By the time Gaby reached Carlos, he had already begun writing checks out of their personal account.  To no loyal Housewives fan’s surprise, Gaby ripped up the check in front of the needy man and his son.

Carlos told Gaby that he wanted to really make a difference in peoples’ lives and give back.  He was ready to give up their lavish belongings to become a counselor.  After days of rebuttal, Gaby finally gave in to support Carlos’ career change.

Desperate Housewives Sheds Light on Top 1%

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Global Resistance: Pop Culture Review

While there have been no Occupy protestors on Wisteria Lane, the hit television series, Desperate Housewives, has managed to hit home with thousands of American viewers. 

Carlos Solis, played by Ricardo Antonio Chavira, has been a top executive since the show began.  He’s had his ups and downs of course, did a stint in prison for a few months, recovered from a blinding injury, and his latest feat has been to sober up from an addiction to alcohol.  But none the less, the Solis’ have been shed with luxuries most typical Americans could not afford.

These luxuries come at what expense?  Carlos is a hardworking man, right?  He’s earned his way to the top and his arm candy, Gabrielle Solis (played by Eva Longoria).  So then what am I talking about?

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Although there are cultural barriers preventing full acceptance of New Age practices and methodologies, the martial arts is perhaps the most marketable way to promote and persuade people to accept alternative approaches to meditation or New Age approaches.

For me, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was my pathway to meditation and a new perspective. 

If you are curious and want to read more, please visit my recent article:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/87223269/I%E2%80%99ve-tried-meditation).

Exploring Animal Rights

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Animal rights.

It’s a term that can both light fires under its most fervent supporters and chill non-believers to the bone. It can encourage, entice, enrage and incite feelings from deep within a person’s core, causing seemingly insane outbursts and cleverly planned attacks, protests and petitions.

But what does it mean to you?

That’s exactly what I posed to my social networks when I asked the following questions:

Via Twitter:             Working on a story & need your help – What does #AnimalRights mean to you? Help me out & reply with your answer & brief explanation!

Via Facebook: Hi friends! Working on a story for class and could use your input – When I say Animal Rights, what does that mean to you? Do you think PETA is awesome or too extreme? Are you vegetarian or vegan – if so, why?

Feel free to respond in the comments & let me know – all answers welcome! Thanks in advance!

The answers I received were very insightful and well-considered, and will serve as the basis for a three-part series titled Exploring Animal Rights, in which we’ll discuss the general concepts, various aspects of animal rights as well as the extremes of animal rights activism.

Do you have thoughts? What does Animal Rights mean to you?

First Steps to Better Living

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In order to truly pivot and embrace both Western and Eastern Medicine we have to take reactionary steps for healing, as well as preventative steps for better living. These simple first steps include understanding the need and effect of prescribed medications, eating more organic whole foods and less processed foods, supplementing your diet with vitamins as needed, and exploring methods that power and heal the soul.

Step 1: Prior to the start of any medication, we should understand the need and effect of prescription medications as they are being ingested into our bodies. This involves discussing all medications with a medical professional of choice, exploring options for possible alternatives, or educating ourselves about the medication and its need. The value to this is that Americans spent more than $300 billion on prescription drugs in 2011, and nearly half of all of these adults have taken at least one prescription drug in the last month, while nearly a third regularly use two or more prescription medications. Through a discussion with a medical professional, I was able to decrease some prescription medications (e.g., cholesterol medication, B12 injections), and enact other options including dietary changes, stress relieving methods, and vitamin supplements, equating in both monetary and health savings.

Step 2: Since food is the cheapest and safest way to maintain our health, increasing the amount of organic whole foods in our diets assists in supplying our bodies with the needed vitamins and minerals to live a healthy life. Providing our bodies with valued nutrients helps to fight illnesses and ailments, or simply ensures a strong immune system. Therefore, before taking a bite, take the time to discern what you are eating, where it came from, and the impact that food has on both your health and the environment. To take these steps eat organic, local, humanely raised foods with a primary emphasis on eating more fruits, vegetables, and grains. In my own personal journey, I have had to stop eating milk, milk proteins, and products containing milk, and start eating more local organic whole foods. I quickly realized that I love local homemade meals, farmers’ markets, and brussels sprouts a great deal more than additional prescription medications and expensive doctor bills.

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Step 3: In the case that we are not able to obtain enough vitamins and minerals from our food, adding a vitamin supplement to our regimen can help assure a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Similar to prescription medications, we need to educate ourselves on the need and impact of vitamin supplements, and discuss these options with a medical professional of our liking to prevent toxicity of any kind. Personally, I have added Omega-3 and Vitamin A supplements to my daily routine to attempt to decrease the progression of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), as well as a Vitamin B12 supplement to help with my low vitamin levels and altered diet (i.e., eating less meat). Every 6 months I have my B12 levels checked by a medical professional, and then every year I also have my Vitamin A and liver levels checked to make sure that I am not suffering from toxicity.

Step 4: Lastly, explore eastern traditional methods that provide health benefits and heal the soul while enabling a happier, healthier lifestyle. These methods can encompass, but are not limited to, exercise (e.g., yoga, tai chi), acupuncture, aromatherapy, meditation, and massage therapy. Health is a state of wellbeing, and the mind and body are interconnected further emphasizing the need to combine therapeutic approaches that are tailored to the individual person and their specific needs. Also, prior to assuming Eastern Medicine is not for everyone, recognize the vast health benefits and healing of the soul that these methods have to offer in a first step to better living. For example, in my own life I have utilized massage therapy to help aid in decreasing stress levels and pain points.

Most importantly, remember that our journey is not about any one tradition or method being right or wrong, good or bad, but a matter of finding a healthy balance in which we as individuals educate ourselves about our own health and pivot to embrace both spectrums for a happy, holistic lifestyle. As an individual on this journey, I believe that I have not come close to exploring and learning about all options, and since my journey is not over I continue to seek new methods that can help assist with current health problems, and life stresses in a holistic healthy manner.

 

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