Happy Halloween, America!

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Halloween is Lavoce. Freedom is Lavoce.

Halloween is an American holiday. Freedom is an American ideal.

Lavoce is America.

Flag of the United States of America

Flag of the United States of America (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happy Halloween, America!

From,

Lavoce

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Dalai Lama

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Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth and current Dala...

Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth and current Dalai Lama, is the leader of the exiled Tibetan government in India. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Photographed during his visit in Cologno Monzese MI, Italy, on december 8th, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I saw the Dalai Lama the other day. Apparently, he is on a college tour and is collecting hats from around the nation (I can joke because he does too). I wish I could say it was a life-changing experience, but I did not feel any more enlightened after the two hours in which he spoke. However, I did resonate with the words he spoke.

The first part was a speech about compassion; the second part was a question and answer session. During the Q&A session someone asked about how to reconcile or get along with other religions. In his adequate English he talked about how India is as much a melting pot of religions as America, but that India is more a model to the world of how to coexist with thy neighbor. He emphasized that one should keep to the religious framework in which one grew up, as drastically changing our belief system could cause all sorts of confusion (or Confucian, were we to take the pun route).

His answers brought me to my happy thought: a peaceful coexistence of diversity and individuality. My dream is much like the Dalai Lama’s dream. I dream of a world where Pakistanis, Sikhs, Native Americans, and any others who religiously avoid cutting long hair can coexist in corporate America without any sort of harassment or frustration caused from having to repeat oneself and having to answer the same ignorant questions. Just if it was not clear in the beginning, fashion freedom is tied to all other sorts of human rights issues. In this situation, fashion freedom is intricately tied to religious freedom, one of the freedoms on which this country founded.

Letters to the Audience

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To the fashion-oriented: Most Americans don’t know what it’s like to live in a totalitarian regime where one is stripped of their freedoms and are censored from speaking out, but we know what it’s like, don’t we? Every strand of rainbow hair, every tattoo, every piercing, is an expression of bravery. It is an expression of the truth. It is an expression of American ideals: freedom. Why else would we wear items of bondage (corsets, dog collars, etc.)? Because we are in bondage. When America does experience such a state, such that will make us seem like a Middle Eastern country, most will be shocked at how their freedoms are stripped away, but we will not be surprised for we have experienced it every day.

Why do you think modern art is so prevalent? Because it doesn’t cause one to think. I understand you. I understand that what you are doing is to get people to think by what we wear. Sadly, we can’t. Clothing is too easy to misconstrue. People are not going to get it until we talk to them about why we wear what we wear, peacefully and constructively.

Don’t be angry, instead “forgive them for they know not what they have done.” (Luke 23:24). Most people don’t intend to be mean or hateful and those who do are crying out for love. Awareness is the key here. Awareness is what we need to spread throughout the nation and every nation.

However, if you do not dress to express your inner being, if you do not dress for art’s sake, and if you do not dress to get others to think, then I want to say this: If you think you get a lot of attention, you don’t. And you wouldn’t want it either. Some of you are beautiful by society’s standards. Just imagine how much attention you would get as a quadriplegic, or as a Siamese twin, or as a bearded lady. You do not even have hypertrichosis, or werewolf syndrome. You ain’t got nothing on attention-getting. I, or anyone else, would never do business with someone who only dresses radically to get attention. It makes everyone else who dresses  to send out a message about one’s inner being, or about observation’s of the surrounding culture, look bad and not brave. This is what makes people think that we do not deserve respect or to be treated as an intelligent human being, even though we are.

To the mainstream: In Switched at Birth, ABC Family TV show, the character Bay comes back from the Galapagos Islands with a feather in her hair. Her brother is not a fan, but she tells him something to the effect of “There’s nothing you can say that will make me take it out.” This is how the fashion-oriented feel when they are told how to dress for an interview or just to go to work to pay their bills. An example of this is tattoos. Tattoos are seen as a no-no to interviews. However, many tattoos are religious, military, related to love (e.g., “I love Mom” tattoos), or symbols of self-expression (even if the expression is one of humor).

Some Israelis bear Holocaust tattoos to remind others to remember the Holocaust or to bear the mark of pride that they are descendants of survivors: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/01/world/middleeast/with-tattoos-young-israelis-bear-holocaust-scars-of-relatives.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

To reduce it to an embarrassment or like a mole is to be disrespectful to the nth degree.

I have learned the importance of boundaries and what I will or will not tolerate. I will not tolerate people who inadvertently attempt to nullify one’s entire existence, which is what people do who do not understand the fashion-oriented. I will not tolerate those who attempt, even if unknowingly, to eradicate my pride or anyone else’s pride. Most tattoos, and other items of fashion, are a symbol of pride, perhaps showing that one is a survivor or showing that one is in love. Anyone who disregards the importance of symbols also disregards the importance of the sacred. To believe people will be willing to sacrifice a reminder or expression of the most significant moment or thing in their life for a paycheck (which is what employers do at interviews), is inhumane, cruel, hateful, and accepted.

If you are a religious person, if you wish to do no harm in this life, or if you do not want to feed the oppression, then I would encourage you to help spread the awareness of how the fashion-oriented are being dehumanized daily. Your neighbor’s ignorance is unacceptable when all you need to do is have an open conversation. The next time you see someone who chose self-expression over a paycheck, do not feel pity for that person, feel inspired.

The Word “Alternative”

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1al·ter·na·tive

adjective \ȯl-ˈtər-nə-tiv, al-\

Definition of ALTERNATIVE

2: offering or expressing a choice <several alternative plans>
3:different from the usual or conventional: as

a : existing or functioning outside the established cultural, social, or economic system <an alternative newspaper> <alternativelifestyles>

b :of, relating to, or being rock music that is regarded as an alternative to conventional rock and is typically influenced by punk rock, hard rock, hip-hop, or folk music

c : of or relating to alternative medicine <alternative therapies>

al·ter·na·tive·ly adverb
al·ter·na·tive·ness noun

Examples of ALTERNATIVE

  1. Scientists are developing an alternative approach to treating the disease.
  2. He developed an alternative design for the new engine.

First Known Use of ALTERNATIVE

1540

2alternative

noun

Definition of ALTERNATIVE

1
a :a proposition or situation offering a choice between two or more things only one of which may be chosen

b : an opportunity for deciding between two or more courses or propositions

2
a :one of two or more things, courses, or propositions to be chosen

b : something which can be chosen instead alternative to intervention>

Examples of ALTERNATIVE

  1. We decided to leave since our only other alternative was to wait in the rain.
  2. I was offered no alternative.
  3. The menu offered several vegetarian alternatives.

First Known Use of ALTERNATIVE

1576

Related to ALTERNATIVE

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al·ter·na·tive

adjective \ȯl-ˈtər-nət-iv, al-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ALTERNATIVE

: of, relating to, or based on alternative medicine <alternative therapies>

I love all things alternative, alternative rock, alternative fashion, alternative news, alternative medicine, alternative lifestyles, and I started Lavoce due to my desire for an alternative career. To me, “alternative” is another word for liberty and freedom of choice (no, I’m not being political here). What I mean to say is that it celebrates our free will and our willpower that drives us to succeed in whatever it is we want to do, whether it is spend our life playing video games and learning how to tie a cherry stem with your tongue or joining the circus. You have 100% control over your destiny because you have the power of choice. Have fun with it. Enjoy it. Do what you love and love what you do. Live the American dream: always be in pursuit of your happiness.

I don’t care if you want to go all out and do something like some Japanese did in this article, which showcases an example of a wild alternative style: http://living.msn.com/style-beauty/simply-chic-blog-post/?post=324569dc-719f-40de-908e-2cb803e0e27e&_nwpt=1. Whatever you want to do is 100% OK with me. I support any alternative path you take.

My name ain’t eBo for nothing. If you take the words “be” and “do,” remove the “d,” and shuffle the letters, you get my name because I want you to be and do whatever you want. Don’t let anyone ever steal your dreams.

As Robert Frost said, “I took the one [road] less traveled by,/And that has made all the difference.”

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com

Goths Should Consider Learning About Steampunk

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Steampunk is best described as “Jules Verne.” It is a combination of the old (Victorian era) and the new (Information Age), connected via creativity and resourcefulness. The successful are not the ones with the resources, but the people who are resourceful.

I am changing topics today, and you can choose to ignore this post (at your peril). I have learned about solar flares, which will result in power outages, lasting months (three months, six months, a year, a decade, or more). Goths who focus effort on understanding the Steampunk, Victorian era, or Renaissance era lifestyle (which goes way beyond clothing) will be well prepared (one hopes). If you choose to doubt the possibility of solar flares even after clicking on the link below, consider the risk from a risk management standpoint. Even if you believe the probability is low, the consequences are severe.

The reason why I’m telling you this is because there can be no revolution if there are no people to put it into action. I am a survivor. Are you? Most men do not plan to fail, but they do fail to plan. Failing to plan in this situation equals death, period.

It will be difficult to acquire help after the fact since it will be every man for himself. Since I like doomsday talk about as much as [insert the least desirable thing here], my positive spin is that if you take immediate action now then you’ll be fine.

To learn more, Google “WTSHTF” (when the shit hits the fan) or “TEOTWAWKI” (the end of the world as we know it), then weed out the chaff from the wheat.

Reference:

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/194166/20110808/solar-storms-severe-solar-storms-earth-paralyse-carrington-event.htm

Coming soon!

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You may have noticed that I have not been posting as often as usual. There is a very good reason for that. I have been working hard to give you more value. I am going to totally revamp the website and relaunch it on Independence Day. Feel free to bookmark the new site so that you’ll be ready to use it once it is published:

http://www.stylefreedominfomediary.com

I decided to rename the website so that it is more informational and descriptive since Lavoce: We Are People Too is not yet a household name. The site starts with the word “style” because style implies individual taste that is inherent and unique. As Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” In the same line, Jane Austen said, “One man’s style must not be the rule of another’s.” Blaise Pascal said, “When we see a natural style, we are astonished and charmed; for we expected to see an author, and we found a person.” When you enter a room, enter it in style. When you make mistakes, make them with style. Be free to live your lifestyle and always live your life with style.

The second word in the site name is “freedom” and that is why the new site will launch on a day of freedom. The third word is descriptive of the Lavoce: We Are People Too program. Lavoce: We Are People Too is not just a store. It is the first infomediary coaching program in existence. Access to the media store will occur in Phase 3 of the coaching program, not in the beginning because we all need to relearn the purpose of media as tools to help build a brighter future.