The “Harmony Project”—Much more than a book
Before publishing this anniversary blog today, I went back and counted the number of featured “Comments.” Amazingly, it was 52—one for every week of this young blog’s existence.
Many thanks to all of you that have lent their support to our “Harmony Project!”
My learning on this crucial topic began in 2002, and the “Harmony Project” was launched in 2006. Why “harmony?” Since I began reading about all of the global issues that are driven by our rich Western diet, my favorite word has been harmony.
But before reading a few John Robbins’ books in 2003, I had never realized the importance of living in harmony with our planet—where everything is connected. Why hpjmh? I wanted it to be as short as possible and I wanted it to mean something; hence,
Harmony Project—J. Morris Hicks
Until 2003, I had never realized that we humans are the only species (out of millions) in the history of the world that has drifted away from living in harmony with Nature. Where everything in our universe is connected, we’re the only piece that doesn’t quite fit with the rest.
When it finally dawned on me about how “everything is connected,” I suddenly had my blinding flash of the obvious: “Oh my God, we’re eating the wrong food.” Then a few years later in 2006, I saw the Al Gore movie (An Inconvenient Truth) about global warming and was disgusted that he didn’t even mention the #1 cause—the raising of livestock (according to the U. N. Report that same year).
Shortly after seeing that movie, I decided to start assembling what I had learned on a website that I would build and manage. I chose the url HarmonyEarth.net for that website—two words that convey the continuous need for everything to be in harmony on our planet.
So, in effect, that Harmony Earth website was the first chapter of my Harmony Project, whose mission is stated thusly:
An ongoing effort to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.
The next few chapters of the Harmony Project. In early February of 2011, I launched this blog. From 20 visitors a day in the early days, we’re now averaging close to 1,000 and are hearing from people all over the world. Just yesterday I got a note from James in Oslo, Norway.
A few months later, we introduced our trademarked 4Leaf Program with the objective of making it simple for people to take charge of their health. You see, the Harmony Project essentially begins with human health—because our desire for health is what drives us to consume a diet that just happens to be in harmony with Nature.
For the past year, my tagline on this blog has been: Promoting health, hope and harmony on Planet Earth, a phrase that was used in the last paragraph of our book, Healthy Eating, Healthy World. And thanks to my relationship with Dr. Campbell, the publisher of The China Study, BenBella Books, also published our book on October 4, 2011.
What next? I have concluded that the single biggest step that humankind can take in bringing us back into harmony with the rest of the planet—is to begin an aggressive move in the direction of a whole foods, plant-based diet. It will save water, reduce water pollution, free-up land, restore biodiversity and reduce global warming—while at the same time, reducing our consumption of fossil fuels by up to 30 percent. And our reward for taking this step is vibrant health for ourselves.
Latest Chapter of the Harmony Project. But before we can enlist the support of the best and the brightest to get serious about helping us move toward that plant-based diet, we must first dispel the “protein myth” that is believed by almost everyone. The latest chapter of the Harmony Project is a campaign to dispel that myth.
Since some 95% of the people in the Western world mistakenly believe that we “need” to eat animal protein to be healthy, the obvious plant-based solution to so many of the world’s most pressing problems never even make it to the table for consideration. So, all we need to do is dispel that “protein myth” which frees up those creative minds—releasing them to create plant-based solutions beyond our wildest dreams.
Within the next two weeks, I expect to announce the next chapter of the Harmony Project. Stay tuned. As for harmonyearth.net, she was retired in mid-2011; but the url continues to send visitors to hpjmh.com. In closing…
One other bit of trivia: The side street closest to my Main Street home in the Borough of Stonington is named Harmony.
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Jim – For your “HE – HW Blog Birthday” today, here are two “big Picture items” from Dr. Campbell’s Foundation free monthly newsletter today:
ITEM 1) LA Fitness Expo — TCC1 participated.
“Last month, the TCCF staff traveled to Los Angeles for LA Fitness Expo 2012. We were unsure how we would be received by an industry so focused on protein, but we met so many people who were either already eating a plant-based diet, had some questions about how to build muscle while eating this way, wanted to know more about our online courses, or were just generally interested in what we had to say. It was a huge success!
Thanks to Marc Missioreck from the Fitness Expo for inviting us to participate this year. Thanks also to Jon Hinds (pictured) and his great staff from the Monkey Bar Gym chain (the only plant-based fitness centers in the world!). Jon gave an amazing lecture about being a top-level athlete while on a plant-based diet.
We shared our booth with the Monkey Bar Gym crew, as well as veganbodybuilding.com’s Robert Cheeke and plant-based celebrity trainer, John Pierre. It was such a great experience hanging out with some of fittest guys in L.A.-and all plant-based!
Thanks again to everyone who helped make this event one of our best yet!”
IN THIS ISSUE:
LA Fitness Expo
ITEM 2: Plant-Based Survey Article –> Free, download at:
Click to access Vegan-from-the-Inside-rept.pdf
. . . Etc. . . at ending:
CONCLUSION: VEGANS ARE HAPPY, HEALTHY, ENERGETIC, AND WANT TO STAY 100% PLANT-BASED
Dr. Pam Popper, Executive Director of the Wellness Forum, observes the significance of survey findings:
“Finally, some documentation showing what those of us who have been teaching people to adopt a plant-based diet for years have known all along. The diet is easy, people love it, they get great results, and they generally stick with it.”
IN RESPONDENTS’ OWN WORDS — Etc. . .
On another subject, one of the two guys running my local new, good Chinese food restaurant asked me to help put his menu on-line for orders. A booklet for managing Chinese restaurants had an ad for doing menu/etc. websites for $300.
I went home and bumbled my way through this as an interesting project and made a website, for free, at my Apple site (Apple will discontinue the “web.me” service in July, as they go to iCloud; I’ll put the link elsewhere, probably to just a .pdf document then):
and then bought a URL for them at
for $5! = http://ChinaOneOrcutt.com
This link will be active shortly. I linked it to the free site that I made.
Took this info to the restaurant for noon, and got $5 reimbursed and a free lunch!
I have already linked the web.me site to my many local contacts and have had some feedbacks and replied with how to best order vegan items there!
Each step on supporting WFPB nutrition pays off! Let’s see how many more “free dinners” that I get!
Happy Birthday to all who have given their support to this very worthwhile endeavor! Meg
Congratulations! I also read your blogg every day. It somehow keeps me grounded.
Your blog is usually the first thing I read each day (after I quickly check the news headlines on my homepage). Your writing inspires me for the day – thank you Jim! Looking forward to Project Harmony!
Congratulations and thank you!! Jean
It has been about eight months that have been reading your daily blog. I look forward every morning to read your comments. It has changed the way I look at my eating style, as I now continue to try and reach that 80% in natures package. Love your “sailors breakfast”! We need more recipes.
Wow!!! One years, day in and day out. Thank you for all you do. I know I have learned from your book and blogs. Keep up the good work. Ignorance is not bliss but a slow death. Education is the key to health, hope and harmony!!! 🙂