Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Lao Tse in Raul.

Today we meet Raul.
He is a man who lives in La Paz, Baja California, Mexico.
Raul works at a gasoline station.
Filling cars and trucks, wiping windows, checking oil.
This he does 6 days a week.

Wages in Mexico are different from the USA and Europe.
Raul is making 100 Mexican Pesos per day.
That is 9,24 $.
Or 6,87 €.
Including tips he makes more or less 2.400 Mexican Pesos per month.
That is 222 $.
Or 165 €.

Raul is married.
He has 4 children.

They live on a low budget.
Many nights they eat rice with frijoles only.
Frijoles are cooked beans.
Only a few times a week can they eat meat.

Raul has something about him.
A particular lightness in being.

He says he is a happy man.
Not making much money, but content in life nevertheless.
Why ?
Because of my wife and my children, he says.

"He who knows much about others may be learned, but he who understands himself is more intelligent. He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still."
Lao Tse.


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Sam said...

For a supposedly well travelled person, you're quite "inexperienced". You first said unfavorable things about Lazy Daze, one of the most respected RV around. Then you boasted about the ingenuity of your new custom made RV. Boasted about its technology, its reliability, its workmanship, when you in fact knew not a single thing. Then everything broke down. Now you talk about loyalty, about disappointment, about misplaced trust.

Well, the only thing misplaced is your "naive" expectation, your insistence of knowledge in spite of total lack of it.

You prove yourself once again in today's post for believing that this guy makes less than $230 USD a month and be able to support his wife and kids and be happy too!

Time to come back to earth.

sam said...

That's being said, I do admire your attitude. I was surprised that my previous post didn't not get discarded.

Anyway, have fun. I sincerely wish that all your RV problems get fixed properly and at minimal cost to you.

Take care.