"We are indeed fortunate to have the opportunity to explore, expand and support the missions of both Jazz For Peace Foundation (JFPF) and A Better Community For All (ABC4All) simultaneously and into the indefinite future." -- Burton Danet, Ph.D., Co-Founder, ABC4All
A Conversation with Rick DellaRatta, Founder, Jazz for Peace Foundation
March 11, 2011 was a special day indeed. Special enough for a press release.
The day's itinerary included: Travel to either meet with and/or pick up Rick DellaRatta, Founder, Jazz For Peace Foundation www.jazzforpeace.org in Burbank, California where he was staying after performing a fundraising concert in Pasadena, California the night before for an outstanding children's cause.
IF Rick was amenable to go to the Enchanted Evening of Jazz with the Richard Sherman Trio from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., THEN: Leave Burbank and drive south to LAX to the Renaissance Hotel where they are prepared to receive us for a quiet lunch. IF Rick is open to consuming outstanding deserts made by our dedicated, long-time and dear friends from Lido Bakery in Manhattan Beach, THEN we stop off on the way! http://lidobakery.com
Following the visit at Lido Bakery, we drive further south to the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, where there will be opportunity for Rick and Richard to meet ABC4All Partner, Alma Martinez, Founder, Amigos Sin Barreras / Friends Without Barriers and others in her group. http://amigosonline.org
At 7:30 p.m. the Richard Sherman Trio will perform a series of jazz sets. Richard Sherman has kindly extended the invitation to Rick to perform solo if he is up to it during the in-between times of the Trio's sets.
A Conversation During Lunch (which turned out to be dinner)
During the relaxed dinner, conversation turned to how much common sense is ignored in our world. Many examples were cited by Rick DellaRatta. Among those he cited were the way advertisements and sales of alcoholic beverages are a large part of media campaigns associated with major sports events. Watch a major sport competition or game in person or on TV, likely viewers will see advertisements of a beer, wine or stronger alcoholic beverage.
It is well known that people will consume alcoholic beverages during such an event. When attending an event live, persons may leave such an event inebriated, even if only one alcoholic drink is consumed. Worse yet if several are imbibed, and upon leaving the event and driving home, the person behind the wheel may be sufficiently inebriated so that reflexes and other necessary reactions may be impaired and the likelihood of a car accident and, worse yet, an incident where passengers or others are hurt or even killed, may increase and/or actually occur.
These incidents are NOT the focus of the alcoholic beverage advertisements. There may be an admonition to "drink responsibly," but how can one "drink responsibly" and still get behind the wheel of a car and be accorded the responsibility for the safety and protection of oneself and one's passengers in the vehicle and still justify consuming one or more drinks on the false assumption that "I am not impaired?" How is it sensible that such an outcome might take place after ANY EVENT, sports-related, concert-related, political-related etc.?
The conclusion stated during the conversation, which included the parties present (Rick DellaRatta and Marsha and Burton Danet) each referencing their own personal experiences and decisions regarding the intake of alcoholic beverages at any time was that so little attention is paid to what is COMMON SENSE.
We all know the adage, "If you drive, don't drink." Create a designated driver if you do drink and have that person who does not drink alcohol be the responsible party behind the wheel on the way home.
A Better Community For All (ABC4All) in early development, included the presentation of the Principles of ABC4All based on prior experience by Co-Founder's Burton Danet, Ph.D.'s, earlier work as clinical psychologist/therapist/psychoanalyst:
Principles of a Better Community for All
What makes for A Better Community For All (ABC4All)? The answer, always, is determined by the persons who attempt a response. ABC4All, a new entity in the world, is described here: http://abc4all.net/welcome.htm
Some underlying principles define ABC4All. ABC4All Founder, Burton Danet, Ph.D., in his former role as clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and psychoanalyst created a set of “Personal Psychotherapuetic Principles:” (Comprehensive Psychotherapy, Vol. 2, Gordon & Breach, 1981.). The essence of the principles was to allow the other person working with the therapist in a clinical setting to reach self-determination rather than imposing external influences that may or may not be relevant to the individual. It was stated (p. 8) that,
“In the end, after all the books are read, and after all the seminars are had, every therapist finds himself/herself alone, in a room with another human being. What happens from that point on clearly is up to the two individuals who come together in this fashion. The therapist’s contribution, it is felt, is much more influenced by his/her own personality and style than it is by whatever formal learning has taken place.”
So, too, is a community’s character influenced by the personalities of the residents. Each individual will have a unique answer to the question, “What would make YOUR personal community better for all?”
The collective answer to the question, however, can become manifest in a community. ABC4All works with concepts to assist communities to improve. An example follows with a description of assumptions involved.
Community Health, Exercise and Nutrition for All (CHEN4All) represents a collaborative effort by Huck-Fin Environmental Education (HFEE) and A Better Community For All (ABC4All). CLICK! for the Mission of CHEN4All.
The purpose of CHEN4All includes a focus that can assist in overall improvement of a community. Attempts are made to focus on unhealthy habit patterns and to help the community strive towards improved health both for individuals and for the community at large:
OVERCOMING HEALTH CHALLENGES
CHEN4All represents a mandated response to overwhelming community needs that have not been able to be addressed and that include what is termed, “globesity.”
HEALTH IS WEALTH
It is no longer acceptable that only a few among us emphasize healthier lifestyle patterns. Health is wealth. We are what we eat. How healthy can we be? Can you join the CHEN4All Challenge and find out?
With the above in mind, the following are stated as the underlying principles which govern all activity generated by ABC4All, including participation as collaborator for CHEN4All:
1. ABC4All works with constructive influences within a community.
2. ABC4All does not discipline others.
3. ABC4All does not seek to set laws.
4. ABC4All does not confront nor challenge existing political, religious nor other influences.
5. ABC4All presents opportunity where none existed before rather than attempting to change negative influences.
6. ABC4All seeks to screen, research and then offer information void of potentially harmful ingredients which, when shared with others can lead to health improvement(s) for individuals, groups and the community at large.
7. ABC4All engages with people with the understanding there is an inherent desire to work towards self-determination and improvement in living.
8. ABC4All operates in physical settings where no alcohol or drugs are consumed. Alcohol, for example, is known to kill brain cells. Such habit-forming substances are known to be harmful to humans and create influences over behavior rather than individuals determining their own behavior.
9. ABC4All seeks to assist individuals, groups and the entire community to reach self-determination and therefore improved lifestyles.
10. ABC4All operates with the assumption that with improved lifestyles, persons will be more inclined to continue efforts towards self-determination and will take better care of themselves and of others.
11. ABC4All, finally, assumes that, with increased self-determination of individuals, there will be carryover into the community at large that also will become healthier, with a resultant increase in the prevalence of constructive societal trends.
Each of us has to make our own choices how we conduct ourselves in life. The focus of "COMMON SENSE" shared by Rick DellaRatta appears to be entirely consonant with The Principles of ABC4All.
We are indeed fortunate to have the opportunity to explore, expand and support the missions of both Jazz For Peace Foundation http://jazzforpeace.org and A Better Community For All (ABC4All) http://home.abc4all.net simultaneously and into the indefinite future.
Burton Danet, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist (retired)
Co-Founder, ABC4All Portal4Relief
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