Friday, April 19, 2013

Is chile the key to happiness?

By S. Derrickson Moore

 LAS CRUCES — The question: What makes people happy? And the answer is… Green chile! It was one of those “what I should’ve said” moments. I was visiting Mark Walker’s philosophy students’ class outreach quest for happiness information, outside New Mexico State University’s Corbett Center. In a creative “chocolate for wisdom” exchange, students dressed in togas offered little chocolate bars for thoughts on what makes people happy. I played it straight: after basic needs are met — shelter, clothing, food, water and affordable health care — I think to be truly happy, most people need someone/something to love, something to believe in and some kind of meaningful work or way to offer your own unique contributions to the world. I’ve lived in some of the richest and poorest societies on the planet, and my conclusion is that everybody needs everything in the preceding paragraph to have a decent shot at happiness, along with the freedom to pursue it. On the other hand, I’ve known people who have somehow retained a cheery sense of hope and faith in the face of devastating tragedy, disaster and deprivation. And I’ve spent long, less-than-blissful years (misery may not be relative, but it could be contagious) in the midst of incredibly wealthy people who could not seem to find solace, despite opulent material goodies, leisure and yachts and private jets to take them anywhere on Earth. Desperado souls who had come to the end of what money and power could buy, found themselves spiritually bankrupt. All week, I thought about my Socratic dialogues with Walker and his students. The fact that I had the opportunity for Socratic dialogues under a lapis blue sky in the middle of a beautiful April day made me pretty happy all by itself. My happiness continued as I visited the impressive annual student art show at the Williams Hall Art Gallery and checked out American Indian cradleboards and the New Mexico Placitas exhibits at the NMSU Museum. I was feeling happy about a job that encompasses covering everything from art, style, culture and cutting edge health issues to the Chile Pepper Institute, when the happiness answer hit me. Think about it. Chile brings joy to all the senses. The aroma of green chiles roasting. The sight of it in verdant green fields and fiery red ristras as it ripens, and on our plates in diverse and colorful dishes which delight our tastebuds and make us tingle. The sounds: its crisp crunch as we dice it for salads and enchiladas, the (usually joyous, if sometimes surprised) exclamations of those who savor its complex flavors and exciting SHUs (Scoville Heat Units). Chile has well-documented healing properties, including triggering release of endorphins which enhance our sense of well-being, maybe even blessing us with bits of joy and euphoria. Chiles, and indeed happiness itself, may not be the answer to the ultimate question: What is our purpose in life? But chiles can surely make our life’s quest a little happier. S. Derrickson Moore may be reached at 575-541-5450. Follow her on Twitter @DerricksonMoore


Anonymous said...

Highly descriptive blog, I liked that bit. Will there be a
part 2?

Here is my blog post :: acai ultra lean review

Anonymous said...

Hi! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any issues with hackers?
My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing
several weeks of hard work due to no back up.

Do you have any solutions to stop hackers?

Also visit my homepage :: Lean Muscle X

Anonymous said...

I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme.

Did you design this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it
for you? Plz reply as I'm looking to create my own blog and would like to know where u got this from. kudos

Here is my homepage: Rejuvenex reviews

Anonymous said...

Saved as a favorite, I like your blog!

Here is my web-site :: Raspberry Ketone Plus

Anonymous said...

This is my first time go to see at here and i am genuinely impressed to read everthing at one place.

Feel free to surf to my web site Cambogia trim review

Anonymous said...

An impressive share! I've just forwarded this onto a coworker who was doing a little research on this. And he in fact bought me dinner because I stumbled upon it for him... lol. So let me reword this.... Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to discuss this matter here on your website.

Also visit my web page: Green coffee info

Anonymous said...

Excellent goods from you, man. I have remember your stuff
prior to and you're simply extremely magnificent. I really like what you've received right here, certainly like what you are saying
and the best way by which you say it. You are making
it entertaining and you continue to take care of to stay it sensible.
I cant wait to learn much more from you. That
is really a terrific site.

Feel free to visit my blog: Stem Cell Threapy Cream Reviews

Anonymous said...

This is my first time go to see at here and i am actually
pleassant to read all at single place.

my blog post - Muscle BUilding Supplement

Anonymous said...

I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you make this
website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?

Plz respond as I'm looking to design my own blog and would like to know where u got this from. cheers

Also visit my weblog; Diet Patch Reviews

Anonymous said...

I am regular visitor, how are you everybody?
This piece of writing posted at this website is truly pleasant.

Feel free to visit my page - Elevate GF reviews

Anonymous said...

What i don't realize is if truth be told how you are no longer actually much more neatly-liked than you may be now. You're so intelligent.
You already know thus considerably on the subject of this subject, produced me
for my part believe it from a lot of varied angles. Its
like men and women don't seem to be interested except it is one thing to accomplish with Girl gaga! Your personal stuffs nice. At all times deal with it up!

My web blog ... Veluminous Anti Aging

Anonymous said...

Hello! I'm at work browsing your blog from my new iphone 4! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the superb work!

my page Nuvocleanse Diet

Anonymous said...

Hi there! This is my first visit to your blog!
We are a group of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
Your blog provided us useful information to work on.
You have done a outstanding job!

Feel free to visit my blog; Buy VImax

Anonymous said...

My family all the time say that I am killing my time here
at net, except I know I am getting knowledge daily by
reading such fastidious articles or reviews.

Feel free to surf to my web site :: NaturaCleanse Diets

Anonymous said...

I think this is one of the most vital information for me. And i'm glad reading your article. But should remark on few general things, The web site style is great, the articles is really nice : D. Good job, cheers

Feel free to visit my weblog: Buy garciniacambogia

Anonymous said...

wonderful submit, very informative. I'm wondering why the other experts of this sector do not notice this. You must continue your writing. I am sure, you've
a great readers' base already!

Also visit my web page; Ultra Slim Patch Reviews

Anonymous said...

Hello! Someone in my Myspace group shared this website with us so I came to check it out.

I'm definitely enjoying the information. I'm bookmarking and will be tweeting this
to my followers! Excellent blog and superb style and design.

Here is my weblog; Dead Sea Kit Review

Anonymous said...

Hello, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues.
When I look at your blog site in Chrome, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer,
it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!
Other then that, wonderful blog!

my weblog Androsolve Muscle

Anonymous said...

Hi there! This is kind of off topic but I need some help from an established blog.

Is it very hard to set up your own blog? I'm not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I'm thinking about making my own but I'm not sure where to start. Do you have any points or suggestions? Thanks

my weblog :: garcinia cambogia formula

Anonymous said...

Sweet blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News. Do you have any suggestions on how
to get listed in Yahoo News? I've been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Appreciate it

Max Thermo Burn Muscle review