We are like trees.

March 7, 2021
paul jeffrey cutting wood in shop
We are like trees. The tree eats carbon dioxide and returns to us the very breath and energy of life – oxygen. The cracks tell the story of what it has endured to give us life. It has been tried, but it didn’t break. Those cracks enhance its beauty and therefore, its value. As I see it, you and I are like trees, with limbs, born with a purpose. We too have to endure hard trials so that we may give oxygen to others – the lessons and insights gained throughout our life’s journey.


Pivoting from furniture to mask making $15 minimum wage; a deficit of empathy?
Pivoting from furniture to mask making
$15 minimum wage; a deficit of empathy?

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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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