Volume 8, No. 2: Section 6, Autumn 2006
the essence of a medicine (woman’s or) man's life is to be humble, to
have great patience, to be close to the Earth, to live as simply as possible,
and never to stop learning."
Words of Archie Fir Lame Deer, LAKOTA
Medicine People focus on
their Being, not their doing. After all, we are human beings, not human doings.
The Medicine People are very patient and consciously trying to live a live of
humility. Medicine People are servant leaders. Their main purpose is to serve
the needs of others. By this service attitude, they become the leaders people
listen to and the leaders the people want to follow. Medicine People say everyone
is their teacher; their way teaches others to be humble, patient, honoring the
Earth, listening to our teachers, and sharing our natural gifts and healing
skills with others.
O' Mitakuye Oyasin
Adapted from Blackfeather 6/16/06 [[email protected]]
Ivy Baker Priest (1905 -1975), the 30th Treasurer of the United States while Dwight D. Eisenhower was President, said, “We women don’t care too much about getting our pictures on money as long as we can get our hands on it.” She never forgot her humble Utah beginnings as the daughter of a poor miner. One evening at one of the many elegant dinners with famous leaders, Norman Vincent Peale asked her, “…the people I have known in this world who have achieved things have all overcome some great handicap to reach their goal. I hope you won't mind my asking you . . . what was yours?” Ivy Baker Priest responded, “Poverty.”
“If women and minorities are to achieve their full potential, all of us need to be far more proactive. So what can be done?”
Adapted from “Does
Ben A. Barres, MD, PhD
NOTE: Dr. Barres is Professor of Neurobiology, Neurology & Neurological Sciences, and Developmental Biology, and Associate Chair of the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford University of Medicine. He is transgendered. He comments on “The Larry Summers Hypothesis” that “women are not advancing because of innate inability rather than because of bias or other factors.” A Wall Street Journal article in the July 13, 2006, issue reports that, after hearing Dr. Ben Barres’ seminar 10 years ago, a scientist commented, “Ben Barres’s work is much better than his sister’s.” Ben was Barbara before transgender treatments.
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