Remember I told you about Elmer?
He's been doing some work around the property (he can apparently do ANYTHING) and this morning, we went to the paint store because he's going to touch up the paint on the house and he needed supplies.
Elmer is originally from Guatemala, although he's been in this country since 1981.
The guy behind the counter took one look at him and...just... well, basically, treated him like some kind of second-class citizen.
Because that guy? Is a racist asshat.
On the way home, I made a comment about how some people need training in customer service and Elmer told me a story.
He said, "One day, a woman was sitting in her house and Money came knocking and wanted in. She said she needed to wait to ask her husband. A little bit later, Health came knocking on her door and wanted in. She said she needed to ask her family. A third knock came on the door and Love wanted in. Again the woman said that she needed to consult with her family. The three went and stood by a tree. That night, the woman told her family about the three waiting to be let in. The husband said, "Let the Money in!" The wife said, "Let the Health in!" But the little girls said, "No, we must let Love in. Because when we have love, we have everything we need." Sure enough, they let Love in and Money and Health followed."
I think Elmer was saying that we have to live out of love first. In the face of ugliness and insidious racism and cruelty and hatred, we have to respond out of love. "It is not our job to judge," he said. "Maybe something went wrong in his life today."
Elmer may be the richest man I know.