WHOLE FOODS – HAPPY PLACE – HAPPIER PEOPLE:
Whole Foods Market Inc.,(WFM) hired me during April 1997 and since that time I have been working in the Grocery Department at WFM Ann Arbor, Michigan location. Most of my fellow employees recognize me as the “WholeDude who Loves Whole Foods.” A person from Lansing, Michigan visited Ann Arbor on April 10, 2015 and inquired if I am happy working for Whole Foods. He asked for my opinion about Whole Foods as a workplace. I politely responded that I do not believe in private conversations. I prefer to express my opinions in writing and I invite people to respond to my views by offering comments in writing. I could not continue my conversation with that person who desired to investigate working conditions at Whole Foods in general and at Ann Arbor in particular. I would welcome him and others to leave comment on this post and ask for any further information to validate my opinion on Whole Foods – “A Happy Place With Happier People.”
WHOLE FOODS – “A HAPPY PLACE WITH HAPPIER PEOPLE”:
I have demonstrated the fact of my Love of Whole Foods during a Life’s Journey precisely measured in Service Hours. Love and Happiness are purely subjective experiences. But, the fact of Love and the mental condition called Happiness can be accurately verified by using objective criteria to prove that subjective experience. Some of the tested objective standards used in evaluating the ‘morale’ of any workforce include factors such as 1. Absenteeism, 2. Discipline, 3. Financial Security, 4. Sickness/Personal Injuries at workplace, and 5. Stress at workplace. Using these objective measurements, I would like to claim that I Love Whole Foods for I find Happiness at Whole Foods.
1. ABSENTEEISM: Research clearly demonstrates a direct link between absenteeism and the happiness experienced by a worker at his workplace. I worked about 37, 300 Service Hours( not counting Over Time Hours ) without no recorded unscheduled absence from work. Over the last 17 years of my employment at WFM, I generally maintained a Full-Time Status with variable work schedules dictated by the demands of the workplace. Apparently, I do not find the Service to be dull, uninteresting, monotonous, tedious, or boring. In fact, some of those characteristics are often associated with the experience called unhappiness. Unhappy workers tend to be either tardy or remain absent or miss scheduled work.
2. DISCIPLINE: Compliance with the Standards and Ethics of workplace is clearly linked with the ‘morale’ of the worker. Unhappy individuals more often face disciplinary action as compared to happy individuals. I will not be able to claim that I Love Whole Foods and I will not be able to assert that I am happy working at Whole Foods if I do not maintain a “Clean Slate”, a record that is free from marks of discredit or dishonor. I welcome any interested party to verify my personal Record of Service kept at WFM and I fully waive my rights to keep such information as private and confidential.
3. Financial Security: In modern economic life, the true index for personal happiness in life is not the figure on the paycheck. Happiness at workplace is not consistent with financial insecurity. The level of personal indebtedness is a true measure of a person’s financial security. I make a living working at WFM without incurring personal debts or taking Credit Card loans. In other words, while being an hourly wage earner who provides labor at WFM without a signed ‘Contract’, I am able to live a life without experiencing financial insecurity.
4. SICKNESS/PERSONAL INJURIES: A number of studies reveal a relationship between a person’s susceptibility to sickness/ a person’s proneness to injury and the person’s psychological state or condition. Current medical research indicates a connection between mental health and happiness with immune function. Even when the working environment is clean and healthy, unhappy individuals more often report sickness or sustain injuries at workplace. During the time I spent at WFM, I have not missed even a single day of my work on account of sickness or personal injury.
5. STRESS AT WORKPLACE: Occupational Stress is clearly reflected in the personal habits of the workers. Individuals experiencing stress are often driven to find relaxation by using tobacco, alcohol, or any variety of Chemical Substances and Drugs used for recreational purposes. Secondly, workers often take ‘Time Off’ to escape from the stress experienced at the workplace. I do not use tobacco, alcohol, or any other recreational substance and this fact has been consistently verified by voluntary participation in periodic drug screening tests and during medical examination by physicians over a course of 25 years. Apart from my freedom from Chemical Substances, the fact of not experiencing stress during my employment at WFM can be substantiated by the number of ‘Paid Time Off'(PTO) Hours that I have accumulated. I accumulated about 2, 750 PTO Hours to which the WFM has assigned a cash surrender value. In reality, I have not experienced an urge to pursue a habit for its recreational value. I do not watch movies or visit places for personal amusement. If time permits, I listen to songs composed in Indian languages to preserve my language skills.
All said and done, I am not suggesting that personal motivation as the most important factor to find happiness in employment. Happiness is like the Sunshine. To find happiness, the dude needs an external source of Light that generates happiness. To write and state, “WholeDude Loves Whole Foods”, the dude needs to be in relationship with an external source of happiness. WFM has stated ‘Team Member Happiness’ as its Core Value, an Operating Principle to govern the Employer-Employee relationship at the Company. I am submitting that the WFM Core Value of Caring for Team Member Happiness is truly experienced by me. In conclusion, with a sense of great pleasure I claim that Whole Foods is, “A HAPPY PLACE WITH HAPPIER PEOPLE.”
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GONE WITH THE BOOM: #GoneWithTheBoom – @GoneWithTheBoom :
American epic historical romance film, Gone With The Wind(1939) is still the King of the Movie World. This would be eclipsed when the new film based on my story “GONE WITH THE BOOM” were to be released.
THE THEME OF “GONE WITH THE BOOM”:
The word ‘Gone’ means moved away or departed and in the context of human relationships it explains the loss of feelings and a fundamental change in the nature of a personal relationship or attachment. The word “BOOM” has several meanings; 1. In nautical language, boom refers to stretch out sails as with a boom so as to take maximum advantage of a wind at or toward the stern or rear of a ship and hence make speed. 2. Boom refers to a loud, or booming sound as of thunder, heavy guns etc., and 3. Boom means to increase suddenly in size, importance, activity, wealth, and to undergo swift, vigorous growth or development. Very often “BOOM” means a sudden, favorable turn in business prospects characterized by rapidly increasing economic activity. Boom can be associated with sudden, sometimes unexpected material prosperity and in that sense the word ‘Boom’ is often contrasted with the word ‘Bust’ which means to become penniless or bankrupt, or of financial collapse, economic crash, or sudden, severe personal failure or misfortune. In the good times of prosperity human relationships thrive and develop and in the depressing times of economic bust, relationships fail and wither. In my movie story, a good, thriving relationship which is further cemented by a Covenant or legal contract that gets established during financial hard times of two individuals actually breaks down under influence of sudden wealth that tilts the balance.
The idea of “BOOM” is related to Speed, and Vigor apart from intensity of Sound or of passionate feelings.
The movie Gone With The Wind is David O. Selznick’s adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s sweeping Civil War romance and the story is set in Georgia’s rural county. The movie, “GONE WITH THE BOOM” which is based on my story will be set in urban Washtenaw County of Michigan. The story revolves around a ‘Covenant’ between two main characters; 1. Rudra who symbolizes Lord Ardhanarishwara of the Eastern Indian tradition who combines the Blissful nature of Lord Shiva with masculine identity, and the Force called “SHAKTI.” which always assumes the feminine identity, and 2. Jeshua, Jeshuah(Hebrew. YESHUA) who symbolizes the Messiah, or Joshua which means Jehovah is Salvation.
The movie story, “GONE WITH THE BOOM” revolves around the two main characters Rudra and Yeshua. Rudra wants a sudden, rapid change in his life, he desires a “BOOM” in personal growth, of both personal reputation and social status unrelated to his occupation. But, he needs a personal Savior or Messiah as the Force or Shakti that he has still needs a predetermined action. For him, the Blissful nature of Lord Shiva is the manifested reality of Life that gives a sense of happiness or contentment without attaching any reputation or social recognition.. Yeshua has the inner feeling about his predestination but struggles to know in which direction he must travel to reach that destination with Speed and Vigor. These two characters arrive at an agreement, a binding and solemn contract to do or keep from doing a specified thing or ritualistic practice. In Law, the term Covenant describes a formal sealed contract and a lawsuit could be filed for damages for violation of such a contract. In theology, the term ‘COVENANT’ is used to describe the Promise made by God to man as recorded in the Bible. To promise by a Covenant, or to make a Covenant involves an agreement among parties of that agreement to defend and maintain a doctrine, polity, faith, or some ritualistic practice. Both, Rudra and Yeshua have bonded by a common identity of personal interests and both shared a feeling of economic or social oppression. As if predestined, Yeshua makes a huge windfall of economic fortune and his immediate reaction was that of becoming indifferent towards people with whom he maintained strong relationships. With a sense of indignation if not of malice, Yeshua tries to break the Covenant which has sustained his morale over troubled times. Rudra responds to this sudden change in attitude with a law suit that demanded imposition of a hefty penalty and a full Settlement from Yeshua for cheating on the terms and conditions of the Covenant. Rudra wins the Battle in the Court of Law which upholds the legal, binding contract between the two parties. The Court orders Yeshua to pay the Settlement amount for busting the Covenant. The story reveals that the Messiah has no choice other than that of delivering on his Promise even if he doesn’t give it a ‘damn’. Or, my story could be interpreted to suggest that Yeshua’s sudden change in personal fortune and the busting of the Covenant are both predestined and there is no free will in either of his actions. In the climax scene, Yeshua meets Rudra at their workplace and announces his decision to quit the job and the relationship. However, in compliance to the Court order, Yeshua delivers the Settlement payment of twenty million dollars and places a silver pendant around Rudra’s neck not as a gift, not on account of their former attachment, but as a mark of his total indifference. Yeshua echoes the final words from ‘Gone With the Wind’ and tells Rudra, “Frankly my dear Rudra, I don’t give a damn.” Rudra attempts to give a final handshake to bid goodbye and Yeshua smilingly refuses to extend his hand for the handshake and walks away tossing hundred-dollar bills in the air as Rudra shakes his hand up and down in the air. This holy relationship ended on 12-13-14, a historical date of this century.
Gone With The Boom, the new movie of epic proportions will surpass the greatness of ‘Gone With The Wind’, the reigning King of the Movie World. Yeshua, the Messiah doesn’t give a “damn” to his Promise or to his relationship, and the blissful Rudra gets the social recognition that comes with sudden ‘BOOM’ in his personal wealth while the relationship that created the Boom gets busted. For both Rudra and Yeshua, 12-13-14 is the most memorable day of their entire lives.
ANNULMENT ANNOUNCEMENT – SEPARATION SETTLEMENT AWARD:
Whole Team Members can claim their share of this Separation Settlement Award. Please send your submission for Settlement Claim # 12-13-14 (Leave a Comment to file your Claim #12-13-14)
Relationship Status: Rudra and Yeshua got reengaged on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 11:07 PM. Video Coverage of this Public Engagement Function is available to Whole Team. The order sanctioning the Annulment is duly revoked by the High Priest. No further Separation Settlement Award Claims can be filed.
SCAPEGOAT SERVICE – WHOLE TEAM – WHOLE REWARD:
ScapeGoat Service is a legitimate Sin Removal and Sin Disposal Service that is currently offered only to Whole Team Members as a Whole Reward for their Whole Labor. Scapegoating is the practice of singling out an employee or the member of a group for unmerited negative treatment or blame. I fully condemn the unjust and unfair practice that is popularly known as “Scapegoating.” In Hebrew tradition, ‘ScapeGoat’ is a specially chosen he-goat over the head of which the ‘High-Priest’ of the ancient Jews confessed the sins of the people on ‘The Day of Atonement'(YOM KIPPUR), after which the goat was allowed to escape into the wilderness. This practice of transferring the sins of a selected group of people such as the Israelites and placing the burden of sin on an entirely blameless creature was duly sanctioned by the LORD God. However, to make this practice a success, we must take care of the details; and in that context, I may quote a well-known statement, “THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS.” Firstly, we have to understand the Biblical traditions and the division of humanity into two separate kinds called SHEEP and GOATS.
I read some articles posted by biblical scholars that compare Jesus Christ to the goats described in the Old Testament Book of LEVITICUS, Chapter 16, verses 7 to 26. Their interpretation is totally incorrect. The word ‘SHEEP’ when applied to man, it describes a person who is meek, submissive, and obedient. The word ‘GOAT’ when applied to man, it describes a person who could be wicked, rebellious, and lecherous. Sheep and Goats are animals that are often mentioned in the Holy Scriptures and Jesus Christ is best portrayed as “The Good Shepherd.” It will be equally important to note that the Hebrew people made images or idols of he-goats and even appointed priests to worship those idols. The Old Testament Book of 2 CHRONICLES, Chapter 11, Verse 15 mentions that King Rehoboam, son of King Solomon appointed priests for the goat and calf idols he made. Whereas there are no reported incidents that involve the worship of images or idols of sheep. Lord God condemned the practice of idol worship and he blamed the people of Israel and the animals that are used in the practice of idolatry. The worship of he-goat idols has thus constituted the worship of devil or devils. The “escaped goat” is a fallen angel and got transformed into a desert demon or devil and must be recognized as a female or a she-goat.
In The New Testament Book, The Gospel According to Apostle Matthew, Chapter 25, Verses 31 to 46, the separation of human beings into Sheep and Goats is fully described. “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. The sheep will inherit the Kingdom prepared for them since the creation of the world. The righteous sheep receive the blessings of eternal life. But, the goats are cursed into the eternal fire and they will go away to eternal punishment.” It makes abundantly clear the concept of Reward and Punishment and explains the meaning of sheep and goats as applied to mankind. The “ScapeGoat” used for Sin Removal, and Sin Disposal Service will not be harmed, or punished for carrying the burden of sins on its head. In my view, the “ScapeGoat” will be fully rewarded for doing its work in obedience to the LORD’S Commandment. However, it must be noted that the plural word “DEVILS” occurs four times in The Old Testament. Twice the term ‘devils’ represents “Sa irim” which means he-goats. In the Book of LEVITICUS, Chapter 17, Verse 7, LORD GOD Commands, “They must no longer offer any of their sacrifices to the ‘goat idols'( goat devils or demons) to whom they prostitute themselves.” Hebrew religious ceremonies and offerings at the Tabernacle included the sacrifice of both sheep and goats. The ‘ScapeGoat’ is spared its life for a specific reason and it has a specific purpose and a mission to accomplish when set free in the wilderness. I carefully examined the issue and found that the ‘ScapeGoat’ is a ’emissary goat’ that is sent to the wilderness to specifically meet the ‘escaped goat’. The Hebrew word “AZAZEL” primarily refers to “escape.” The ‘escaped goat’ had not escaped from the Israeli camp. The ‘escaped goat’ had ‘escaped’ from God’s Kingdom in Heaven. For that reason, the ‘escaped goat’ is a ‘fallen angel’, a devil, or a demon. The gender of this ‘fallen angel’ must be interpreted as female for the ‘escaped goat’ is a she-goat or “ez + azal.” A male or he-goat is purposefully chosen as the ‘Escape Goat’ for it has the natural ability to deliver the sin to the devil or demon which is thought to be a she-goat.
I am pleased to announce that I am chosen or selected as the ‘ScapeGoat’ to provide the Sin Removal , and Sin Disposal Service as a ‘Whole Reward’ to the ‘Whole Team’ Members for their ‘Whole Labor’. On a day of celebration known as “The Team Member Appreciation Day” the ‘ScapeGoat’ will receive the blame and sin on its head giving the Whole Team Members to fully enjoy the glory of the ‘Appreciation day’ for all their faults and shortcomings are entirely removed and would be discarded in the wilderness.
It is surprising to note that both Hebrew and Christian Scholars have failed to interpret the word “AZAZEL.” Is that a place? Is that a person? Is that an action called ‘Escape’? In my view, “AZAZEL” describes a “Fallen Angel”, an Angel that deliberately escaped from God’s Kingdom in Heaven. Having escaped, the Angel got transformed into a ‘Devil’ and the ‘Devil’ can be easily recognized for the ‘Devil’ has horns, and a tail.
WHOLE TEAM – WHOLE LABOR – WHOLE REWARD:
The ScapeGoat Sin Removal, and Sin Disposal Service is exclusively available to Whole Team Members as a Whole Reward for their Whole Labor. Please note that the Whole Prize of 365 Everyday Value Mismatched Sandwich Cremes is awarded as such and Milk is not included in this offer.
WHOLE TEAM – WHOLE LABOR – SCAPEGOAT TRADITION:
Here is the most exciting news for ‘Whole Team’ Members. You will be able to safe and securely thrust all the blame for all your mistakes on the head of your designated “SCAPEGOAT.”
As a ‘Whole Team’ Member, my primary concern is about your Happiness and Excellence at your Workplace. But, we have to accept the realities of life. In common usage, the word ‘Sin’ refers to the blame attached to any behavior or action that is not acceptable to established standards. At the Workplace, there are over one hundred rules of conduct and behavior; the terms and conditions for workplace behavior and conduct are explicitly stated. It is not easy to avoid blame or ‘sin’ and earn points that will invariably lead to corrective action which may include dismissal service. My idea is not about changing workplace terms and conditions for employment. I am proposing an original plan for ‘Sin Removal’ and ‘Sin Disposal’ Service that will promote your happiness and boost up your excellence in the tasks you perform.
My proposal for ‘Sin Removal’ and ‘Sin Disposal’ Service would have the following features. 1. An Official “SCAPEGOAT” of the Whole Team, 2. An Official ‘High Priest’, a designated ‘Team Leader’ or a designated ‘Store Team Leader’ who is given the powers to “TRANSFER” the blame and sin of a ‘Whole Team’ Member and place it on the head of the “ScapeGoat”, 3. On a designated day of ‘Atonement’ or on the “Team Member Appreciation Day”, the “ScapeGoat” will be dispatched to the Desert to safely and securely dispose all the blame and sin, and 4. On successful conclusion of the Mission, “ScapeGoat” returns to the workplace from the Desert.
We have to carefully understand the Biblical principles and practices to save people from punishment and harsh retaliation for their sinful conduct and behavior. While Bible recommends a very rigid conduct code, it uses a flexible approach while giving punishment. Bible does not always demand punitive or retaliatory action while it deals with the problem of sinful conduct. The Old Testament Book of ‘LEVITICUS’, Chapter 16, verses 7 – 26 give a very detailed description of the practice called “THE DAY OF ATONEMENT.” Bible gives the man a second chance, a chance to atone, redeem, and save himself for his shortcomings. It is very interesting to find that Bible has devised a mechanism to transfer the sins of an individual, or even a large group of individuals and place the burden on the head of an innocent creature whose life is spared while it finds an opportunity to dispose the sins in a place far away from the community. “But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the LORD to be used for making atonement by sending it into the desert as a scapegoat(LEVITICUS 16:10).” Further, Bible carefully describes the entire practice by which sin can be transferred. “He(the High Priest) is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites – all their sins – and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the desert in the care of a man appointed for the task. The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a solitary place; and the man shall release it in the desert(LEVITICUS 16:21-22).” It is very clear that the Bible does not intend to punish or retaliate against the scapegoat which is used for Sin Removal and Sin Disposal Service and Bible insists that the life of the scapegoat must be protected by appointing a man for the task of dispatching it into the wilderness or desert.
I am applying the Biblical Tradition of Atonement to solve the problems of our Whole Team Members at the workplace. These hourly wage-earners who making living on their labor or physical exertion deserve some help to get rid of the burden imposed by citations that they receive for violations of the workplace code of conduct and behavior. It should be understood that these violations may not qualify as State or Federal Crimes. We need a flexible approach and we need a corrective action that may include the opportunity to transfer the blame and sin to a different person and give them the second chance. My proposal for Sin Removal and Sin Disposal Service is unique and is the first of its own kind. In the entire US history, no person has ever shared my concept of protecting the happiness and excellence of Whole Team Members by simply transferring, removing, and safely disposing off the sin burden by literally using another Team Member as a “ScapeGoat.” To protect the life and well-being of the “ScapeGoat” the Sin Removal and Sin Disposal Service needs a refinement of the Biblical practice.
The Sin Removal and Sin Disposal Service using the “ScapeGoat” is a vital Mission for ensuring the productivity and efficiency at the workplace as Whole Team Members cannot find happiness and excellence if they have to shoulder the burden of sin for workplace violations of the code for conduct and behavior. At the same time, it must be realized that the “ScapeGoat” is not a sacrificial goat. I have carefully selected the desert near Las Vegas City in Nevada as the destination of the “ScapeGoat” to release its burden of sins in the wilderness.
There are several tactical advantages in choosing Las Vegas as the destination of the “ScapeGoat” to dump its burden of sin. Las Vegas has clearly established its reputation as “Sin City” and hence the City cannot object or restrict the Sin Removal and Sin Disposal Service that involves using the desert near Las Vegas. Secondly, the City promoted itself using the Slogan, “WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, STAYS IN VEGAS.”
For the successful execution of my ScapeGoat Mission, it is important that the sin that is removed and disposed must not return to the workplace. Las Vegas made an open commitment and had promised that “What Happens In VEGAS, Stays In VEGAS.”
THE BIBLICAL LEGEND ABOUT “ESCAPED GOAT” :
The phrase “ScapeGoat” was coined by William Tyndale in 1530. Tyndale was an English reformer and translator of the Bible. His work is the basis for the Authorized or King James Version of Bible of 1611. Most unfortunately, he was executed for heresy in 1536. He could not get the chance or fortune to be a “ScapeGoat” and he carried the burden for the faults of the Church and its Clergy. The phrase combines Scape + Goat and it is probably derived from Latin. Caper Emissarius which means Emissary Goat, or Greek. Tragos Aperchomenos which means Departing Goat. In Hebrew tradition, the phrase is derived from “Sair Laazazel” which means a “Goat that Leaves.” But, the Hebrew word “AZAZEL” also refers to the name of a ‘Desert Demon’. In Hebrew, the phrase was coined to imply that the “ScapeGoat” is always a He-Goat and that the “She-Goat” or “EZ + AZAZEL had already left or escaped. The Emissary Goat, or the Departing Goat has a purpose for it is sent to the wilderness to meet “AZAZEL” the Escaped She-Goat or its transformation, a Desert Demon. There is some connection between the Escaped She-Goat and the Desert Demon. To seek atonement, the Hebrew tradition is placing the burden of sins on a He-Goat and then releasing it in the desert or wilderness where it may have the opportunity to find the She-Goat or the Desert Demon which may eventually accept the burden of Sin delivered by the He-Goat. In my view, the safe and secure Sin Removal, and Sin Disposal Service may need an unknown Desert Demon or a She-Goat or a Female Deity who specializes in disposing the burdens of human Sin.
I am pleased to invite Whole Team Members to use the services of “ScapeGoat” and find Happiness and Excellence in their workplace. There could be some financial costs involved in the Sin Removal and Disposal Service. All Whole Team Members who apply for “ScapeGoat” Service will get a free box of 365 Everyday Value Mismatched Sandwich Cremes as a Welcome Gift.
SIN REMOVAL – SIN DISPOSAL SCAPEGOAT SERVICE – US $ 100 REWARD:
WholeDude.com claims that the Sin Removal and Sin Disposal ScapeGoat Service described in this article is original, and is one of its own kind. Any Whole Team Member who presents evidence to show that this Service is available from any other agency or entity can claim this US $100 Reward. Upon due verification, the Whole Team Member will be presented a $100 Whole Foods Gift Card.
WHOLE TEAM – WHOLE LABOR – WHOLE CONCEPTION – THE BIRTH OF SHAKE AND LIKE TRADITION:
The term “LABOR” refers to physical or mental exertion to accomplish a specific task or the work done by physical exertion. The word ‘Labor’ is also applied to all wage-earning workers as a group and distinguishes them from a group or class called Capitalist or Management. The work accomplished by the workers for wages is described as ‘LABOR’. But no Capitalist or no kind of ‘Management’ has any exclusive right to the use of Language. In Medicine, the term “LABOR” is defined as the process or period of childbirth, parturition; especially the muscular contractions of giving birth. In any case, the term ‘Labor’ implies physical work done to deliver a product or provide a service, or accomplish a task that involves the manual effort. In Medicine, Labor is preceded by an act called as ‘Conception’. The fact of Labor is the confirmation of the fact of ‘Conception’. There is no Labor unless the person had conceived. In my view, the ‘Capitalist’ is the ‘Father’ or the provider of the ‘Originating Seed’ that causes an incident called ‘Conception’ which further leads to Labor and Delivery by the use of muscular contractions.The term ‘Conception’ describes the act of conceiving, such as conceiving an embryo, or the beginning of some process, chain of events, or of conceiving mentally, the formulation of a new and original idea or concept . I am using the phrase “Whole Conception” to contrast my original idea with the Biblical concept known as “IMMACULATE CONCEPTION.” I want to submit with humility that my mind has simply conceived an idea after it is impregnated by an external stimulus, and that I was not fully aware or conscious when the event called ‘Conception’ took place. The term ‘Tradition’ refers to the handing down of Customs from generation to generation so as to make it a long-established practice. At Whole Foods Market, Ann Arbor, on Thursday, August 21, 2014, at the All-Store Team Meeting(ASTM), the birth of a new ‘Team’ tradition was announced. The idea of ‘Team’ describes a group of people working together in a coordinated effort in striving for a common goal. This concept of ‘TEAM’ does not include a group of laborers or wage-earning workers who come together to form an ‘Association’ or Union’ to promote and protect the welfare, interests, and rights of its members primarily by collective bargaining. Even if there is no ‘Association’, or ‘Union’ for the purposes of collective bargaining, the concept of “TEAM” is still useful at any workplace where a group of wage-earners work together to accomplish specific, or assigned tasks. From the idea of ‘Team’ the phrase called ‘Teamwork’ is derived and it describes joint action by a group of people in which individual interests are subordinated to promote group unity and efficiency. I coined the phrase “Whole Team” to give due credit and recognition to the “ORIGINATOR” who provided the economic stimulus to generate activity that demands the employment of a large group of wage-earners who labor to deliver the product called commodity or merchandise. The existence of ‘Whole Team’ is preceded by an act that can be named ‘Whole Conception’.
WHOLE MISSION – WHOLE VALUES – WHOLE CONCEPTION – THE BIRTH OF SHAKE AND LIKE TRADITION:
I conceived a new, and original idea and I respectfully compare my act of mental conception to that of “IMMACULATE CONCEPTION” described in The New Testament Books of Holy Bible. The originating seed for my mental conception is derived from the book “CONSCIOUS CAPITALISM” sold at Whole Foods Market, Ann Arbor. The image of a coiled Arrow that appears on the cover page of “Conscious Capitalism” is the “Father” of my “Child.” When the “Seed” found its way into my mind, I was not “Conscious” or aware of that stimulus. John Mackey is the author of the book and he is the CO-CEO of Whole Foods Market Company. The Company adheres to certain “CORE VALUES”( I describe them as “WHOLE VALUES”) and its Business Mission includes several new concepts apart from “Promoting Team Member Happiness and Excellence” and “Win – Win Partnerships with its Stakeholders” and the Company values its employees and treats them as partners or stakeholders. Whole Foods has distinguished itself from all other US Corporations by using its “Whole Values” to accomplish its “Whole Mission” and created a new trend in business philosophy that could be named “Whole Capitalism.”
I am using the term “WHOLE MISSION” as a new phrase to bring full unity between the “CORE VALUES” and the business practices of “CONSCIOUS CAPITALISM.” I am struck by this passion to promote Team Member Happiness and the drive to create partnerships with both suppliers and employees. It stimulated me to come up with a group practice that would provide ‘Reinforcement’ to substantially accomplish the task of promoting Team Member Happiness. In Psychology, ‘reinforcement’ refers to any action that reinforces a response and increases the probability of a response to stimulus. The single, most important factor that provides job satisfaction at a workplace is that of receiving appreciation in recognition of the work performed. In the context of Teamwork, there is a need for giving appreciation to individual Team Members in due recognition of their individual contributions even while the Team works to accomplish a collective mission fully subordinating their individual interests. I have visualized a simple practice that would let individual Team Members to experience Happiness while they take the initiative to recognize their own individual contributions and claim that they are pleased with the results.
WHOLE TEAM – WHOLE PRACTICE – WHOLE SHAKE – WHOLE LIKE – WHOLE HAPPINESS – THE BIRTH OF SHAKE AND LIKE TRADITION:
The idea of using the “THUMBS UP” sign is very popular and it instantly communicates that the person is pleased, and enjoyed the actions that preceded the action of giving the “THUMBS UP” sign.
In Indian tradition it is described that Birds make a living using their Wings and Man makes a living by using his hands. Social traditions have evolved and most of those traditions involve the use of hands to communicate a mental concept. Hand movements are used to symbolize the tasks performed to maintain Life through work or labor. Shake Hands is a popular tradition that involves the act of clasping each other’s hands as a token of agreement or friendship. Handshake is a traditional form of parting and greeting. To promote Team Member Happiness, I evolved a novel form of Handshake that will not involve clasping each other’s hands.
WHOLE PRACTICE – WHOLE TRADITION – WHOLE HAPPINESS – THE BIRTH OF SHAKE AND LIKE TRADITION:
I introduced the ‘Whole Tradition’ called “SHAKE AND LIKE” at Whole Foods Market during their All-Store Team Meeting held on Thursday, August 21, 2014. The participating Team Members form a wide circle and each person uses the right hand like in a traditional Handshake but will not grasp the hand of any other Team Member. The participating Team Member also uses his/her left hand to give the “THUMBS UP” sign. The “SHAKE AND LIKE” action involves the moving of right hand up and down with short, and quick movements in the air for five times while the left hand is held in the ‘thumbs up’ position. On the sixth move, the entire participating Team Members will jump up into the air with both hands going upwards in a show of joy and pleasure at the concluding move of the “SHAKE AND LIKE” action. The philosophy of “SHAKE AND LIKE” can be stated as “I LABOR, AND I LIKE.” The action called “Shake and Like” is that of each participant acknowledging their own individual work or Labor and contribution using the right hand movements up and down in the air and simultaneously being pleased with that work or Labor and contribution using the ‘thumbs up’ sign. When this action is performed as a group, it reinforces the idea of giving appreciation for contributing to the collective work on an individual basis. This concept of “SHAKE AND LIKE” has received the support from all of our Team Members and they participate in the action with great enthusiasm. If this tradition finds wider usage among Team Members or workers in the US and the rest of the world, it could become the most cost-effective tool to practice the idea of employees being treated as partners and stakeholders at any corporate entity. “Shake and Like” means “I Labor and I Like” and hopefully it will be the new ‘Mantra’ to create Job Satisfaction and Happiness at all Workplaces. But, all said and done, at any workplace, the rules, the code of conduct for the group of laborers is decided by the Capitalist or Management and the laborers may have no legal right to institute a traditional practice using their own initiative or imagination. Having conceded the limitations for creating new workplace traditions, I am still optimistic that new traditions will come into existence if they are founded on valid and verified principles of Human Psychology.
WHOLE TEAM – WHOLE LIKE – WHOLE PRIZE:
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SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE – THE SCIENCE OF NUTRITION:
Life comes into existence when energy-yielding molecules and energy-demanding molecules come together in a spiritual relationship. The Science of Nutrition has to state that Food serves the function of being a spiritual medium that fosters unity between man’s body, mind, and soul.
WHOLE DUDE – WHOLE FOOD :
WHAT IS FOOD? :
Man is constituted as a Physical being that is made up of about 100 trillion individual living cells that are structurally and functionally differentiated as the tissues and organ systems of the human body. Each living, individual cell is thermodynamically unstable. It means that the living system that is represented by the cell will dissolve into its non-living molecules and elements if not supplied energy from an external source. Food provides those energy-yielding molecules to energy-demanding molecules that constitute the Physical being. Food is used as a general term to describe substances consumed by man for nourishment. Food is defined as any substance which a living organism can convert into its own living substance from which it grows and develops new tissue, manipulates energy, etc., using a process called ‘metabolism’. The term ‘nutrient’ is explained as a substance that serves as food, or provides nourishment. The term ‘nutrition’ refers to the process of feeding or being nourished. As mentioned earlier, all the tissues and organs of which the human body is composed, consists of building blocks called cells. Every cell contains a spherical body called nucleus and a ground material, living substance, or living matter called ‘protoplasm’. The most striking characteristic of protoplasm is its vital property called ‘Nutrition’. In Human Physiology, the term ‘Nutrition’ is used to describe the ‘power’ which protoplasm has of attracting to itself the materials that provide energy, and the substances for its growth and maintenance from surrounding matter or extracellular environment. Man must feed himself and yet he depends upon the ability of cells to recognize the specific nutrient substances and take action to absorb them and process them for further use. Nutritional Science describes three major functions of food; 1. food generates energy for growth, maintenance and activity, 2. food supplies agents like vitamins and others that are needed to make or to help enzymes which carry out a variety of cellular processes, and 3. food provides the building materials like proteins and amino acids that are used for building cells and tissues of the body. The essential human nutrients are proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, and vitamins. Human body cannot synthesize some of these nutrients and they must be supplied. To make this easy for understanding, human foods are divided into classes and the basic nutritional goal is to have a ‘Balanced Diet’ with items from all of the major Food Groups to perform all the living functions such as the uptake and conversion of nutrients, making, breaking, and repairing of organic molecules, production of energy, and regulation and coordination of various metabolic sequences.
WHAT IS WHOLE FOOD? :
The term ‘WHOLE’ is often used to describe something that is entire or complete to signify that it has all the elements or parts constituting the entire amount and it is not broken, damaged, or defective. The term ‘WHOLE’ also means auspicious, healthy, or uninjured and not diseased. We need to define human being as a ‘Whole Person’ to understand the complete entity that exists as man. There are five aspects of ‘Whole Person’:1. Man – the Physical being, 2. Man – the Mental being, 3. Man – the Social being, 4. Man – the Moral being, and 5. Man – the Spiritual being. These five components have to come together to establish the reality of man’s biological existence in the physical world. In the context of ‘Whole Food’, we need to find qualities that fit this description of being ‘Whole’ and its ability to perform all the functions that are attributed to Food. There is a huge growing concern about the substances that are adding to food by food industry. The concern involves the use of synthetic or artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Food that may contain artificial colors, artificial flavors and chemical preservatives may not promote good health and are even suspected to cause injury or disease. Hence, the concept of ‘Whole Food’ demands the exclusion of such artificial colors and flavors and all synthetic preservatives from the food products used by man for his nutrition. Even when chemicals are not added to food, there is a concern about chemicals like synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and hormones that are used by the food and agriculture industry. It calls for understanding the term called ‘Natural Food’. To be called ‘natural’, food must not be exposed or tainted by chemicals that are not ‘naturally’ present in the substances that are consumed as Food. This concern is often reflected in the demand for ‘Organic Food’ that calls for the exclusion of synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and growth hormones in the production of food. Apart from these considerations, the use of additives to change the taste, texture, and appearance of food have caused several health-related concerns. Some of them relate to the use of artificial sweeteners, and the use of partially hydrogenated oils. To qualify as ‘Whole Food’, it may require the exclusion of artificial sweeteners and the so-called ‘transfats’ from food. This concern is also extended to genetically modified organisms or GMOs that have become common. The genetically modified trait may impart some benefit to the substance and yet it may not qualify to be described as ‘Whole Food’.
WHOLE FOOD – WHOLE SATISFACTION :
Man is constituted to exist as a Mental being. Man relates to himself, his physical body with the help of his thoughts and moods. It seems that man often tries to discover his ‘essence’ or true identity not in his physical, living substance, but by knowing his ideas, thoughts, and imagination which describes his physical identity. These mental concepts that relate to identity are always associated with emotional feelings and moods that give meaning to the living condition or living state. Food provides substances to constitute the body and it also affects man’s thoughts and moods. The problems related to man’s feeding behavior will not be eliminated by supplying him what could be defined as ‘Balanced Diet’. The health problems associated with food consumption and caloric intake seem to persist even when man consumes ‘Balanced Diet’. It calls for further understanding of the functions of Food and we have to define the term ‘Whole Food’ by sharing the ‘Whole Story’ about Food and its role in human life. There are two important aspects of Food that are not taken into consideration by Nutritional Science. The Law may require that food products that are sold by retail food stores or grocery stores must provide adequate ‘Nutritional Information’. The products are labeled to provide information about the ingredients, allergens, and nutritional facts to help the consumer of food to make an informed choice about the food that is consumed. Such nutritional choices are helpful and yet there is a problem about the Food. There are two roles performed by Food and the concept of ‘Whole Food’ may have to give recognition to the role of Food apart from its function as the supply of nutrients. Food has to provide Satiation or the experience of mental contentment or psychological satisfaction from its consumption.
WHOLE FOOD – WHOLE COMMUNITY :
Man is constituted to exist as a Social being. Man’s growth and development demands social support. Man as a biological living entity could only be described as an association of trillions of individual cells. At the same time, there are about 10 times 100 trillion microbes that inhabit the human gastrointestinal tract. Man is a natural host and there is a mutually beneficial relationship between man the host, and the microbes that reside in his body. During the entire course of his life, man shares his food and drink with the guests who have taken residence in his body. These guests perform the function of an internal organ system and are important for man’s health and well-being. Man will always exist as a member of a Biotic or Biological community without any chance of true independence. This understanding is promoting the consumption of foods that are popularly termed as ‘PROBIOTIC’. Man to support his health and well-being has to consume some living organisms on a regular basis to replenish the microbes that are lost due to excretion. Food plays a vital role in the development, and the maintenance of social interactions, and social relationships.Food-directed activities of man often need social situations and social bonding. Food has the intrinsic ability to nurture a relationship between the provider of the food and the food consumer. At the same time, there is a direct emotional relationship between man and the Food he consumes. Man derives emotional satisfaction called ‘Satiation’ when he consumes Food. It contributes to satisfaction or a sense of mental contentment to shape his living experience. Man lives to experience satisfaction or mental contentment by gratifying his desires or cravings. Food craving is very important part of man’s life and biological existence. Balanced Diet may or may not provide the psychological contentment that man wants to derive by consuming Food. Such satisfaction demands social bonding between man and the food and between man and his provider of food. Hence, we have to develop our understanding of Food as a medium or as a substance that has the potency to develop and form relationships, association, connection, and bonding between man and his social community and environment in which man exists, and by the consumption of ‘Whole Food’ man may find ‘Whole Satisfaction’ in his living experience.
FOOD = ENERGY = LIFE = WHOLE ECOLOGY :
Man is constituted to exist as a Spiritual being. The term ‘SPIRITUAL’ refers to relationships that are based upon feelings of sympathy and understanding. Man has to define the spiritual basis of his relationship with the rest of the biological community and the physical environment that is common to all of them. Ecology is the Science that is concerned with the relation between organisms and their environment. ‘Food Chain’ in Ecology describes the sequence of transfers of matter and energy from organism to organism in the form of food. Food is the medium through which interrelatedness, interdependence, and the interconnectedness of organisms that are members of an Ecological System is expressed. A balanced growth of organisms that are connected in an Ecosystem demands the concept of ‘Sustainable Development’. Natural resources have to be used wisely to sustain the qualities of environment that supports living systems. Man needs food for his nourishment and to find this nourishment, man may have to stop environmental pollution and degradation that may upset the delicate Ecological Balance that operates in Nature. The manner in which man acquires energy-yielding molecules from his environment will define man’s definition of Food.
WHOLE FOOD – WHOLE MORALITY :
Man is constituted to exist as a Moral Being. Man is intrinsically endowed with a nature that displays the ability called discernment. Man has the ability to choose right conduct and right behavior as he has the ability to discern right from wrong, and distinguish good from bad. This human nature called discernment is related to the nature of the living substance or living matter called protoplasm. I have described its vital property called the Power of Nutrition. It uses this power with a sense of discernment. Protoplasm while attracting substances found in its external environment, it uses a very selective uptake process. Some substances are accepted and tolerated and some are rejected. It expresses intolerance to the presence of certain substances and its response may cause a severe and sometimes life-threatening allergic reaction. Man has no ability to consume all substances as Food. Man has to know about good and bad food choices, and man has to know as to which food is right and as to which food is wrong. Human beings acting individually and collectively have developed ‘Food Culture’ and Food Traditions to express their moral and ethical principles in all of their food-directed activities and behavior. In recent times, these concerns have developed into ideas such as ‘FAIR-TRADE’, ‘WHOLE-TRADE’ and ‘ECO-TRADE’. There is a growing genuine moral and ethical concern to support the living conditions of people and communities involved in growing Food. There is a growing interest to consume Food that is called ‘LOCAL’; food that is grown or manufactured in the local communities. Man must consume Food for his living and he may have to do it in a morally and ethically responsible manner. These concerns have generated the demand for ethical and compassionate treatment of all animals used as Food for human consumption. Food and Agriculture Industry are developing standards for Compassionate Treatment of Animals. The concept of ‘Whole Food’ would include the moral and ethical principles that man would apply to define his food-related behavior.
WHOLE FOOD – WHOLE SPIRITUALITY :
Food is defined as any substance which a living organism can convert into its own living substance or living matter called protoplasm, the physical basis of Life. This substance could be viewed as a spiritual substance as it has the potency to formulate functional harmony and mutually beneficial relationship among the cells, tissues, and organ systems that grow and develop using the energy and organic molecules synthesized by protoplasm. The concept of ‘Whole Food’ will naturally include the concept of Food as a Whole Spiritual Substance that must be treated with respect and devotion. Such an attitude of respect and devotion would help man to use Food as a Spiritual Medium to establish a Connection, a Relationship, an Association, a Partnership, and Bonding between the Food Consumer and the Divine Providence.
WHOLE FOOD – WHOLE LIFE :
I define the term ‘WHOLE FOOD’ as follows taking into consideration the five aspects of the role of Food in supporting the biological existence of man in his community, and environment as no man is truly capable of independent existence that excludes the social community and the physical environment in which he exists:
1. Whole Food provides the nutritional substances for the Physical well-being of man and supports his living functions.
2. Whole Food provides the satisfaction, the mental contentment that man needs to support his Mental well-being.
3. Whole Food provides the stimulus for social relationships and social bonding that man needs to support his Social well-being.
4. Whole Food provides the ability to man to express his moral and ethical principles to support his Moral well-being.
5. Whole Food provides the Spiritual basis for man’s relationship with Divine Providence to support the Spiritual well-being of man.
Whole Food is the nutritional substance that supports man’s Physical, Mental, Social, Moral, and Spiritual well-being. These five components of well-being are important to have the experience of Peace, Harmony, and Tranquility in human Life. There is no Joy in Life and there is no Happiness in Mind, and there will be no Love in Heart until man finds Peace, Harmony, and Tranquility in the Living Experience. I say that, Whole Food gives man the experience of Whole Life; a Life of Satisfaction, Contentment, Happiness, and Joy.
I say, I Love Whole Food and what do you want to say? Kindly share your thoughts and views about the concept of ‘Whole Food’. Whole Team Members who like this blog post and leave a comment will receive a box of 365 Everyday Value Mismatched Sandwich Cremes as a Whole Reward.
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