The Matter at Hand was formed when Gabriel Alvarado, volunteering to help local tribes in the Copper Canyons of Mexico, noticed that the Tarahumara tribes were without shoes and this went without outcry. Gabriel, being new to the area, gathered everyone for a tribe meeting to discuss this matter. There was discussion among the tribe of other matters such as agriculture, spiritual rituals, etc. but Gabe wanted to focus in on this particular matter of lack of proper footwear. So he declared this the matter at hand; the most important discussion, where everyone's thoughts and words should be centrally focused. The Tarahumara were inspired, and all raised a hand and began pointing at their hands. Gabe, bewildered, raised his own hand in awe and stared at it. A young, little tribesman muttered "hand". Gabe realized what the tribe was saying: he had the floor, this was the discussion at hand, the matter at hand. Gabe eventually found out that the Tarahumara Indians were indigenous people and actually much healthier than average man, due to the fact that they didn't wear shoes and were in touch with earth, and could in fact run for 100's of miles without strain or effort. But only through bringing this topic to light and forcing the issue, gathering information and walking away with new knowledge, did Gabriel increase his awareness. He sought out to apply this principle to all mankind, and thus the matter at hand was born.
Author: Jake Mccarthy.