Violating the law of human nature is the concept of making yourself obsolete. It is a concept because, in much of the development world, it remains only a lofty ideal. In the corporate world, forget about it.
This remains the challenge to the Peace Corps, and it is doing a fair job at it. I see current PCVs steeped in the mantra of sustainability, resisting the urge to throw money at a problem. I know how hard this is, because I did throw money at problems.
Like Jean-Luc Picard and his Prime Directive, PCVs wield sobering amounts of influence; this being as much in the ommission as in thecommission.
They say that the worst sin is not vice; it is pride. What twenty-something American could consciously turn down a chance to leave a teak-engraved, metal-roofed, monument with his name on it?
That would be the Peace Corps Volunteer.
Posted from the aquasphere