Coincidence or providence?

August 22, 2019


Pumping gas on May 2, 2019, when a brother just released after 5 years in prison, asks for $25 to buy a shirt for a job interview and a hotel room to shower. My mood was unpleasant so I was trying to ignore him. However, he kept on and soon I became empathetic. Attempting to inspire hope, I gave him one of our furniture brochures, while saying that it wasn’t that long ago that I was in a similar situation.

When he saw my picture on the brochure, his eyes lit up as he said, “I know you, I know you! I saw you in a magazine, while in prison. I put your picture on my cell wall. One day my cellmate asked, “why do you have that man’s picture on the wall?” I said, “because I want to be just like him one day.”

This experience recharged me by reminding me of the impact that our work is having on others and the necessity to continue, despite the obstacles.


Apparently help isn’t coming. Pivoting from furniture to mask making
Apparently help isn’t coming.
Pivoting from furniture to mask making

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$15 minimum wage; a deficit of empathy?

Wealth does not sustain a nation, so history teaches. It is steadfast adherence to natural law and higher values that keep individuals and nations aloft. Income inequality on a day-to-day basis, for millions of Americans in the richest country on earth, means the lack of food and shelter. I grew up in the church being taught the 10 Commandments – those great universal moral laws. On

Later in life, I learned about natural law, which is instinctual – not taught. Natural law, the highest of which is self-preservation is a stronger force than moral law. When one is desperate for food and among those with plenty, he or she will take from others – forced to act immorally – if required to survive. History again is full of examples. I know what it feels like to be food and shelter insecure with a wife and children. I experienced that for 16 years. Therefore at Paul Rene, we pay all of our artisans who handcraft our works of art a livable wage. $15 is not a livable wage.

 

 

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