Fashion Freedom is the Final Frontier


The new mission of Lavoce is to amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (see About Lavoce). Let me elaborate why this change.

Corporate types are hung up on dressing for success and are fond of saying that if you’re not willing to make changes to your appearance, that you don’t seem to want a good paying job that badly. That’s true. Some people are not willing to sell their souls for a paycheck. I’m not saying if people who do are willing to sell their souls, but that is what it feels like to those who have made the opposite decision. Those who are not willing to compromise have made a commitment to themselves and should be honored for it (financially). They are noble and smart, not “losers.” The question is not how badly do employees want a job, but how badly do employers want quality employees?

Don’t you get tired of not being taken seriously by an employer? Women should not have to dress like men for men, and gays/lesbians should not have to dress like straight men/women to be taken seriously. Country folk should not have to dress like city people to be taken seriously either. Do you get tired of being barred from activities, such as city council meetings that are open to all citizens of America, because of the way you look?

Appearance and clothing is at the root of employment discrimination. Most people accept that people judge you by the way you look. Instead of accepting that while, in the same sentence, dreaming of world peace, consider changing how you judge people. That in itself will create world peace. Don’t just sit there complaining. Change your mind to change the world.

Don’t attack what makes you afraid (which is usually what you do not understand). You cannot fight fire with fire. Make the person who makes you afraid feel safe, then you will realize that there was nothing to fear after all.

In my life I have learned that the most important thing to remember is “to thine ownself be true,” re-emphasized in different ways throughout the ages. It’s “easier said than done” in a society whose codes of “behavior” go against this principle. You cannot “be yourself” if you are dressing like someone else or if your employer mandates that you dress a certain way and/or cut your hair to fit in. Americans talk about the pursuit of happiness, but put limits on that pursuit. Have you ever wondered why it is that way? It doesn’t have to be that way. I repeat–it does not have to be that way. If you cannot take your body with you (when you die), then why not learn to enjoy it while you can? That enjoyment feeds into happiness, so why put limits on it?

Throughout the world people are seeking their purpose in life. They may think that purpose connects to material things, and when they realize those things did not bring the inner peace they desired, they seek for enlightenment, which cannot be found in the body. Would you say judging people (say the disabled) on appearance is your purpose in life or that it helps you attain enlightenment? No? I didn’t think so. Then why do it if it is not going to give you comfort and satisfaction? What most people think is seeing is really blindness because it is blinding them to what is in the soul. Some say that love is blind, but in actuality love is the only thing that allows one to see. Keep that in mind while you are being the change that you want to see in the world.

Overcoming All Odds


I was speaking with a business owner the other day to seek advice on starting this company. His first reaction was to avoid setting up a bookstore/media store because it would have to go up against the Goliaths of the industry. He cited the closure of Borders stores all over the nation. Did such negativity deter me? No. Wasn’t it Simba from the Lion King who said, “I laugh in the face of danger. Ha ha ha ha!” See, the thing most people don’t understand about Lavoce is threefold:

  1. It’s Not the Books, People: Lavoce doesn’t sell books or media, it sells dreams of a better future and the systems to get us there. The definition of “Gothika” is a situation in which someone sees or feels things that others can’t. The “Goths” of our stores are not Goths who dress in black, but the Goths who choose to see what others can’t: the true being of each person. Books and media are just one of the tools to help us create a future of open-mindedness. The method of learning open-mindedness is through media (books etc.), events (speakers), and awareness (consultants out in the “real” world). Inventory is not willy nilly; media must have the ability to transform people’s thinking about a group of people. Our customer service representatives do not ask, “How may I help you?” They ask, “How may we help you open your mind?” People won’t buy because we have something the Goliaths of the industry don’t, though I could add more foreign media to the inventory since that area is sorely lacking elsewhere. Customers will buy because they support the greater vision.
  2. It’s Not the Civil Rights Either: Certainly a fashion revolution is quite different from the Civil Rights Movement. The latter movement had been alive centuries before there were protests in the 1960s. However, when people taste how good it is among those who do not judge a person’s worth based on appearance, they will realize that something was missing from their lives. They will realize it takes more than money to make us free. It requires a spiritual journey from every person to find and drop prejudices we never realized we had. Only then will there be peace.
  3. It’s Not a Non-Profit: Do you want help from a company struggling as much as you are and financially supported by organization you don’t trust? Do you want help from a company that is begging for money as much as you are? How about being helped by a company that teaches you to help yourself (gives you a job) and helps you to focus on fixing the cause (our beliefs about each other) and not the effects?
  4. Our Day Will Come: Ever heard of the tortoise and the hare? Lavoce will take the road of the tortoise. A lot of planning will go into this before it gets off the ground. Patience is a virtue. I may hire the first employee later than I said I would, but when this is ready, it will be the best place to work. Believe me, it takes time, patience, and determination. These are qualities I have and qualities that I expect employees to have. While you wait for a job here, cultivate yourself. If you can help in a different capacity, let me know via comments.