I am guilty! I am a provocateur! Hell, I can’t be late for breakfast in the morning without provoking my wife! I never title or write an essay without intending to provoke my reader to think about what is happening in the world and about how they feel about it. I almost never do anything in business without trying to provoke a reaction.
I am guilty! I am a provocateur! The Archetype in Action Organization™ http://archetypeinaction.com, which I founded, has always had as its mission to provoke people to think about their Rights, and their methods in achieving those Rights. We have always focused on Human Rights, Women’s Rights, and Prevention of Human Trafficking. Yup, the image I am using to promote this article, taken July 4, 2013, is intended to provoke a reaction. After all, I am guilty! I am a provocateur.
If we don’t publish articles on our focus issues, we always try to provoke people to study the works of Dr. Carl G. Jung, whose work was dismissed in his lifetime, perhaps because people were afraid of their own psyches. Today it is uncommon to find Jungian analysts, but they exist everywhere. Part of the reason may be that health insurance has insisted that mental health professionals medicate their clients instead of helping them find happiness.
Dr. Jung’s work was largely about helping people find their true place in life, whatever that may be. He said, “Bring me a normal man, and I will fix him for you.” His point was that we are all “normalized” by our society (forced to conform in various ways), but normality is not the same as happiness. He was a provocateur too!
Today Dr. Jung’s work is really more useful to artists and activists than it ever was in the therapist’s office, although it is useful there too. I founded the Archetype in Action Organization™ in order to convey this fact to as many others as possible. I am guilty! I am a provocateur!
Over a five-month period between mid-November 2012 and mid-April 2013, I participated in a play in Turkey called “Mi Minör”. I did this by participating on a Twitter™ feed from wherever I happened to be, which was projected on the wall of the theatre in Istanbul. The play is about a fictitious dystopian society, which has heinous and repressive regulations and behaviors of its government, none of which are regulations of an existing government in the world, at least so far as I am aware.
I have a good imagination, but never in my wildest thoughts did I think this play would threaten any existing government. I believe it was attended my many Turkish officials over its 5 month run, and so far as I know, no one ever objected. Considering how many people attended the play, I’m sure a relatively complete list of those officials who attended the play could be produced if that would be useful. It was discussed in long comprehensive interviews on CNNTurk and other television channels in Turkey, and so far as I know, no one ever objected to its production, though its content was widely discussed.
Recently a number of Turks have insinuated that I might be an agent provocateur of the United States government. To those people I say, “Get a grip!” [NOTE: “Get a grip” is an American English colloquialism suggesting that in my opinion you might need professional therapy with a licensed psychologist.]
To suggest that a play about ice cream cones and piano keys can undermine a government, suggests to me that you might be trying to create a mass hysteria, like the Salem Witch Trials in the United States, in order to divert attention from something else. What could that be? Whisper who dares! What is it you are trying to hide by such diverting theatrics? Why would the United States government do such a thing when its support of your Prime Minister is widely known? The logic escapes me.
To those who still think I am an agent provocateur I say, yes, I am in my business life and my avocation of promoting the works of Dr. Carl G. Jung. In my business life, I maintained the largest private data circuit between the United States and India during 1995-96. That circuit supported businesses in medical transcription, medical billing, typesetting for the printing industry, and the first private call center in India with U.S. dial tone. This effort began in 1994. You will speak to very few Indians today who know of my input or were in these Indian businesses before me.
It was a 7/24/365 circuit between my office in the United States and Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Like an airline that has to pay for its seats, whether full or empty, I had to find ways to fill this $50,000 per month circuit, and build the businesses in India that would make it profitable. I built a similar circuit to Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
In 1998, I made four speeches in India about the efficacy of doing medical transcription in India for U.S. hospitals. [Note: The first time I mentioned this idea to a Director of Medical Records in the United States, she couldn’t stop laughing at me. When she finally caught her breath, she spoke to me as if I was talking about Mars.] My company was trying to find eight companies in India, which would produce our business. Within 18 months, 640 companies had started by Indian entrepreneurs, who thought they could get their Indian-American-doctor brothers, uncles, and cousins to work with them. Some of them succeeded, and some didn’t.
In the process, I was instrumental in building what is now the largest medical transcription company in the world. Before I retired from the company, we had established 40 production centers in India employing 6,000 Indian medical transcriptionists. The industry now employs well over 25,000 Indians.
I am guilty! I am a provocateur! I wonder how many lives I made better by my work? An official of the Republic of India once told me that every job created supports 10 Indians, because they need butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers to support them.
In my lifetime I have lived in Japan for eight years, and started businesses in the United States of America, Japan, Korea, India, Pakistan, and several countries in the Middle East. I have been to India 43 times since 1994, and to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 23 times since 2002, always supporting the healthcare industry in these countries and the United States, not to mention many other travels.
While building a company in Japan between 1979 and 1984 I literally flew around the world 15 times, and had business connections in Korea, Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Indonesia, and Libya, to name just a few—oh, yes, and in the United States in New York, Tennessee, Michigan, and Texas. I speak Japanese and Mandarin Chinese, with a smattering of French.
It is surely true that no American can leave our borders without being suspected of being an agent of the U.S. government, with the possible exception of tourists confined to buses and cruise ships. You’ll never know for sure. How does one answer that? In any case, it’s nearly impossible to prove a negative, but, if I say “yes” you can either believe me or not, perhaps thinking that I am somehow trying to puff myself up. If I say “no” you can either believe me or think that I am keeping some deep dark secret.
I have been to Turkey exactly three times in my lifetime, for a total of 7 days. I have always loved the country. I have not often thought very much about the Turkish government, except to wonder what it is doing about healthcare information technology.
In 1996, I visited the usual sights in Istanbul for two days, staying at a one-star hotel near Topkapi Palace. I ate alone at a sidewalk café one night, and came to a time when I had a call of nature, so went into the café basement to the men’s room. While I was there, I realized that my wallet with my passport was missing from my pocket. I scrambled up the stairs and out the door, and received my wallet passed to me like an American football by the Maitre D’ as I ran through the door. I don’t know if I would ever see it again if the same thing happened in my country. My betting is not.
In February 2013, I came again and stayed with my friend, Memet Ali Alabora. I performed my role in “Mi Minör” in the theatre on February 10, 2013. We had a lot of laughs about the satire in which we were performing. I never heard a word about the Turkish government.
Once again, in early May 2013, I visited Memet Ali’s home for a relaxing weekend after a grueling week of attending the Health Information Management Systems Society Middle East conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (HIMSS ME 2013). We watched the movie “Flight”, we visited a teashop, I was included in a karaoke evening, and I did some work, which included printing out a document related to my company on Memet Ali’s printer. None of this involved Turkish politics in any way.
I am very proud of and honored by my friendship with Memet Ali Alabora, not to mention all of my other Turkish friends. These draw me to want to bring business to Turkey, as I have to many other countries during my long career.
To those of you who still think my involvement in a theatrical event somehow damns me, I say you are just being silly. Indeed, in retrospect this witch-hunt will seem just as bad as the regrettable McCarthy Era in the United States. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCarthyism I recall during my high school years we read and discussed “The Crucible” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crucible in my English class, presumably because my teachers in the U.S. Navy high school I attended in Yokohama, Japan wanted us all to know how mass hysteria can seize a community. It is about the Salem Witch Trials http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salem_witch_trials , and was written as an artistic allegory for McCarthyism. I urge you to read it.
Is this the kind of Turkey you want? Is this the kind of Turkey you are promoting? Is this how you welcome visitors and encourage foreign businessmen to bring their ideas and investments into Turkey? Is this how you seek membership in the European Union?
Maybe it’s time for “The Crucible” to be produced in Turkish. I’ll bet a lot of people would come to see it. Would a 60-year-old play about a shameful chapter in American history be banned in Turkey? No worries, it’s probably time for it to have a new run in either New York or London. God knows we have had plenty of people trying to stir up mass hysteria in my country over the past decade. Think of the publicity angle! “Banned in Istanbul!” I can think of some candidates to play the leading roles either way.
“More than once it has been said, too, that the Salem witchcraft was the rock on which the theocracy shattered.” Is this why the American Founding Fathers, a century later, insisted on absolute Freedom of Religion in our Constitution of the United States. Was it to protect us as humans from our own tendency toward mass hysteria? I don’t know. What do you think?
So far as I know, every foreigner who crosses a border into another country has opinions. I have many. So far as I know, I am one of over 1 billion bloggers in the world. Do you propose to defame all of those with whom you disagree? That seems like a big job!
I’m guilty! I am a provocateur! To quote a dear friend of mine,
“I’m guilty! I choose to rebel in order to exist.
I confess, whatever you do, I will continue to say no to violence and show passive resistance and answer your unbalanced violence with my intellect and pen!”