It was 10 A.M. on a weekend morning. Twelve very productive years in America had passed, eight of which were spent in Los Angeles and the other four in New York City. At the time, I was living on the twenty-first floor of a fifty-story building in New York that overlooked the Atlantic Ocean. I sat beside a window facing the sea, watching the sailboats pass by, lost in my thoughts.

I thought to myself, “What a world! My, how these people enjoy their lives!” Then I took a look inside my apartment. A maid was busy cleaning, trying hard to do a good job so that we would be satisfied with her work and continue to employ her in the coming weeks and give her money to take care of her family in a foreign land. This was because she, too, ...

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