This Week's Thought From The Koby Mandell Foundation
- Sherri Mandell
Seth and I recently had dinner with a friend named Lee Lasher. Lee's company, Amlon Resources, trades recycled metals extracted from industrial waste.
For example, the company recycles molybdenum, a metal with very high strength at high temperatures. Lee's company buys the extracted metal in North America and ships it to Asia where it is used to reinforce steel alloys. Lee's company also recycles other metals including nickel, vanadium, and cobalt for international use.
What Lee is doing is really a form of global alchemy, taking waste, what would normally be buried, and turning it into something valuable.
People sometimes say to me: "Your son's murder was such a waste."
But we refuse that definition. We won't allow it to be a waste. There is something valuable waiting even in tragedy if we are willing to extract it.
Sometimes the rare and valuable metals Lee extracts are a millionth of a percentage point of the original waste material.
It is sometimes almost impossible to find the tiny points of good hiding in unspeakable acts of evil. But extracting that goodness, turning cruelty into kindness, is the secret of our humanity.
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