As we interacted with the men David was influencing, we saw that these people had internalized the principles of our book like no one else we had ever met.
These were former gang members – violent criminals in many cases – people who had been excluded from society. And they were wise beyond belief. They bought tattered and underlined copies of our book to the meetings we attended, quoting passages and then teasing out the principles and applying them to their own lives and experiences.
They talked about their hope for rejoining society – hopes and fears. They were determined that this time they would know how to head off the conflicts that, in many cases, had landed them in Solano. They got it, and as the day transpired, they became our teachers.