- you’d rather wear pajamas to work doesn’t mean you’re lazy
- you’re a government employee doesn’t mean you don’t have tattoos
- you have tattoos doesn’t mean you don’t dream of being a Disney animator or that you can’t be an archaeologist, life coach, or business owner
- you have fangs and cat eyes doesn’t mean you don’t love kids
- you’re a treehugger who wears only natural fabrics or a freak who has rainbow hair doesn’t mean you can’t be in IT
- you’re psychic doesn’t mean you can’t wear business suits
- you’re a woman doesn’t mean you can’t wear cufflinks, ties, kilts, or get your shoes shined
- you’re a straight male doesn’t mean you can’t wear pink, eyeliner, or dresses
- you’re gay or black doesn’t mean you can’t wear Republican pins and clothing with elephant designs
- you don’t seem to need fashion freedom doesn’t mean you don’t support it
“When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so the male will not be male and the female will not be female… then you will enter the Kingdom” (The Gospel of Thomas 22)
Small businesses create two out of three new jobs in the United States, and more than half of Americans own or work for small businesses. So please help out your friendly (almost) small business.
Questions for the Audience:
- What is it you are trying to do this year?
- What do you think it would take to double your happiness this year?
- What frustrates you the most about your life now?
- What have you already tried to do to improve your situation? What worked and what didn’t work?
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
The goal of Lavoce: We Are People Too is not fashion consciousness, or self-consciousness about what one is wearing. Take this example: Do you know who thinks about money the most? It’s not the rich; it’s the poor, people who focus on the lack of it. The same goes for love, sex, anything where people believe there’s not enough or that there is lack. In the same vein, those who think about fashion the most are those who feel repressed by their society’s codes of behavior. The goal is not fashion consciousness, but fashion freedom. The true aim is freedom to see the intention behind others’ expressions of being and open-mindedness to help us love each other unconditionally.
External Consultants are those who serve as Lavoce’s representatives in the traditional business world to help citizens understand why it is important to make fashion discrimination illegal. To convey a positive image to clients, our employees must dress appropriately. Always wear your name badge so that people may identify you even if their aim is to complain.
Dress Code for External Consultants
Do not wear the following when representing the company to the client:
- Capri pants
- Midriff tops
- Torn, cut, worn, or frayed clothing
- Wedding dresses
If you are an external consultant you may have tattoos that are minimal or concealed. When deciding what to wear remember that you are not going out to party. The goal is traditional business attire with one piece of flair.
Hygiene for All Employees
- All hands shall be clean. Wash hands after using the restroom.
- Any employee that sneezes or coughs must cover his mouth or nose, and then immediately wash his hands. Never sneeze or cough toward customers.
- Before coming to work everyone must brush their teeth, shower, and shampoo.
- Do not come into contact with anyone’s blood. Always use gloves.
- Keep all clothing items clean, without wrinkles, and without an odor. Clothing should also fit well.
- Apply nailpolish evenly with minimal chips no matter what color
- Keep hair groomed and clean even if in dreadlocks.
- Pluck nose/ear hairs
- Remove odors of any kind except breath fresheners
- Wear shoes because the floor could be dirty or because you may drop something heavy on your feet.
The Policies & Procedures Handbook (Handbook) describes important information about Lavoce, and I understand that I should consult the President about any questions not answered in the Handbook. I have entered into my employment relationship with Lavoce voluntarily and acknowledge that there is no specified length of employment. Accordingly, either I or Lavoce can end the relationship at will, with or without cause, at any time, so long as there is no violation of applicable federal or state law.
Furthermore, I acknowledge that this handbook is neither a contract of employment nor a legal document. I have received the handbook, and I understand that it is my responsibility to read and comply with the policies contained in this handbook and any revisions made to it.
This handbook will acquaint you with Lavoce: We Are People Too (Lavoce) and give you information about policies affecting your employment. You should read, understand, and comply with all provisions of the handbook. It describes many of your responsibilities as an employee and outlines the programs developed by Lavoce to help employees. One of our goals is to offer a work environment that is conducive to both personal and professional growth.
No employee handbook can anticipate every circumstance or question about policy. As Lavoce continues to grow, the need may arise and Lavoce reserves the right to revise, supplement, or rescind any policies or portion of the handbook, as well as information and benefits, from time to time as it deems appropriate, in its sole and absolute discretion. The only exception to any changes is our employment-at-will policy permitting you or the Company to end our relationship for any reason at any time. Employees will, of course, be notified of such changes to the handbook as they occur. All such changes will be communicated through official notices, and revised information may supersede, change, or end existing policies. Only the President can approve any revisions to the policies in this handbook.
Borrowed from Ultimate Goth Guide on Blogspot