Suddenly, however, as Bob Humphrey talked, I felt that prickly sensation on the back of my neck. It was powerful, and really quite physical. The things that he said, the stories he told, touched me in a way that has changed me forever. I was stunned to hear him explain, clearly and matter-of-factly, the meaning of life. He called his theory variously "The Life Value," or Life Values, Dual Life Value or Balanced Life Value. I sometimes think of them, now, simply as "Living Values."
As I came to know him and his personal history, I was amazed to hear that he had addressed, literally, hundreds of thousands of people over the years. His Life Value Theory and teaching methods had been used successfully to stop violence and promote cross-cultural harmony, world-wide.
Captain Jack E. Hoban, USMCR -- Captain Jack E. Hoban, USMCR
Near the war's end, a gunshot-wound ended his hopes for a professional boxing career. He was discharged from the Marines. For twelve years he passed through eight colleges and universities "searching, just searching." He was looking for answers to that eternal question: "Why?" Why that terrible Depression that devastated his peaceful little hometown? Why that insanity on Iwo Jima that killed most of his Marine friends?
He took a Harvard Law degree and settled into teaching Economics at MIT. Then came the Cold War with the predictions that the Communists would win. He went back overseas to see if his global experiences would guide him in solving America's self-defeating Ugly Americanism. All through the first crucial Cold-War decades, his contracts were financed--success after success--by the US Information Service, the Chrysler Missile Corporation, the Army Research Office, and the Marine Corps. He taught culture-transcendent, "win-the-people" values in the most vital overseas areas--those surrounding the Communist block. The approach did overcome the Ugly Americanism. It did win back the foreign peoples. And it kept the lid on sabotage and violence in his assigned areas. It opened up a new social-scientific pathway to human conflict-resolution.
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