I learned three lessons during my training with the Peace Corps that have stayed with me throughout my life, and they apply to situations in which we are all trying to institute programs and responses to address problem areas in our world. The first thing is that a program will only be successful if it addresses what we called a “felt need.” That means that if the people we are trying to help do not feel that there is an important problem to be remedied, the program or response we try to implement will not be successful. And that assuredly is true when we are trying to protect or even maintain our precious Liberties.
The second lasting lesson I learned is that programs can only really be successful if they can continue on without your involvement. Over the years I have seen numbers of well thought-out and successful programs wither and die after the originator was no longer involved. So if what you are addressing needs a temporary fix, go for it. But if what you want is something permanent, do not wait too long to identify and then groom a successor, as well as the equivalent of a board of directors to ensure other good people follow thereafter. If you do that, then your program will have a good chance of being a lasting success.
The third thing I learned is that the only thing better than an orange is a peeled orange. But that is another story. . .
Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)
2012 Libertarian candidate for Vice
President, along with Governor
Gary Johnson as the candidate for President
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