I looked in that direction and there was a lady selling shoe laces. She just had
the right kind of shoe laces. Within minutes I bought a pair.
Recently, I have been watching some documentaries on Netflix. There was one about
the role of propaganda in justifying wars, there was another about capitalism and
there was one about Afghanistan. I was inspired by how some individuals had given
up the comforts of their lives to pursue the path to be of service to others. Unfortunately
I could not remember their names.
So, I decided to form this organization called “Subtle Renaissance Solutions” focused
on the common good. I plan on asking interesting questions, researching answers,
partnering with anyone who wants to join me in this journey and listing names of
individuals and organizations who are doing amazing things.
Lucero Ramirez was supporting the translation effort on a technical document I had
authored. The content included many differential equations. At one point in a conversation
about the document Lucero asked: “Why do we need all these equations?” The obvious
answer was because it was a part of a course I was about to teach but upon further
reflection I realized that her inquiry had deeper implications.
In a different incident, I was walking down a street in Bogotá, Colombia with my
colleague Juan Carlos Rocha. I noticed that one of my shoe laces had come undone.
As I tied the shoelace a thought crossed my mind that one of these days I needed
to buy new shoe laces. We walked a few more steps. I asked Juan Carlos if they might
sell shoe laces in the big mall across the street. And, he said “Here.” I was confused
by his response. He was pointing in the direction of the pavement.