Written by Candas Emcioglu

Employees at Weyco Inc., a medical company in Michigan, are required to undergo a tobacco test designed to monitor their tobacco usage. The company’s new no-smoking rule has banned its employees from smoking both at home and at work. The controversial policy dictates that failing to takerepparttar tobacco test will result in termination of employment, and four employees, who refused to takerepparttar 132218 test, have already been fired.

Although Weyco’s CEO has responded torepparttar 132219 critics thatrepparttar 132220 sole purpose ofrepparttar 132221 policy is to create a smoke-free and healthy work environment, many believe thatrepparttar 132222 policy was drafted as an obvious excuse to cut down Weyco’s medical and insurance costs. Critics argue that this policy is a discrimination against lifestyle choices, and an invasion of privacy, as it allowsrepparttar 132223 company to have a say in what its employees do outside work. Many are understandably worried that this policy will serve as a launching platform for many other potentially discriminating policies inrepparttar 132224 future.

Followingrepparttar 132225 logic of this policy, ifrepparttar 132226 sole purpose is to create a “healthy” work environment, as it has been justified, companies should be allowed to force their obese employees to lose weight. After all, excessive eating and obesity are health risks as serious as those caused by tobacco usage. Perhaps some companies would even be arrogant and pervasive enough to provide an arbitrary list of what “can” and “cannot” be eaten with another list in fineprint of “what” can be eaten “where” at “what time” ofrepparttar 132227 day.

Imagine a business dinner, where people are not allowed to order a bottle of wine as a result of a zero-tolerance-to-alcohol company policy, or an alcohol and cigarette free christmas party. Perhaps, some foresighted companies will takerepparttar 132228 next step and demand job applicants to undergo genetic tests to see if they may have any genetic dispositions to any diseases that may eventually costrepparttar 132229 company medical expenses. The logic is so flexible that, along siderepparttar 132230 parking ticket that we get for parking next to a water hydrant, we may even find ourselves getting “dress-code tickets” from our companies. Technically speaking, failing to wear a scarf and a warm head cover on a cold winter day, could be perceived byrepparttar 132231 company CEO as a highly irresponsible act and a cause of company resources wasted on employee sick days. As farfetched as some of these examples may sound, there is no reason why they could not be adopted by companies inrepparttar 132232 future, if discriminating policies like that of Weyco are tolerated today.

Take a look around; do you think things are balanced in our world?

Written by Jesse S. Somer

Balance, now here is a topic that has been hounding me sincerepparttar day I was born. An understanding of balance seems to be a very important idea when it comes to living a happy, 'balanced' life here on Earth. It has come to my attention thatrepparttar 132216 Universe and everything within it is governed byrepparttar 132217 principle of evenness between positive and negative energies. Both inrepparttar 132218 realms of spirituality and science there have been many people overrepparttar 132219 years who have been discussingrepparttar 132220 concept that all things in Nature have a natural inclination to find a balanced state of being.

After any chemical reaction between atoms, (which of course all matter that exists is mad up of),repparttar 132221 protons and electrons move into a position where their energies are of equal value. As far as I know all religions and belief systems held by human beings state that to find enlightenment or peace one has to experience allrepparttar 132222 necessary feelings and emotions integral to living a full life. This means that one has to experience both suffering and joy to truly gain knowledge about what it means to be alive. If you run from your feelings, you are not walkingrepparttar 132223 'middle path' and therefore you're destined to have an imbalance in terms of gaining wisdom and happiness.

Let's look at a few occurrences that happen regularly inrepparttar 132224 life of our Universe. How aboutrepparttar 132225 process of a star exploding out in space? One might believe that this happening is a negative one, especially if it is our Sun that we are talking about, as this will meanrepparttar 132226 end of life on our world. But what happens when a star explodes? It has been understood that energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only move from one place to another. Therefore, once our Sun explodes, hopefully many billion years from now,repparttar 132227 energy will travel out into space only to conglomerate and converge once again to form new stars and subsequent life. Even ifrepparttar 132228 energy of our Sun just dissipates back intorepparttar 132229 general energy of space we can perceive this as a balanced equation inrepparttar 132230 respect that it is that exact space that our Sun evolved from inrepparttar 132231 first place.

What about a romantic relationship? For a friendship to work properly between two partiesrepparttar 132232 amount of energy or effort in terms of love and attention must be equal. If it is otherwise, one person will undoubtedly feel as though they are being neglected, or that they are giving too much and so feel depleted. How about a business deal? Either companies or people have to come away fromrepparttar 132233 trade feeling that they have gained at leastrepparttar 132234 equal amount of value as they have given away.

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