Several weeks ago a light went out in the world of healing. The scientific community lost one of its pioneers. Women’s rights lost one of their true trailblazers for women in science and medicine. The alternative medicine community lost one of its most powerful and respected voices. I lost a friend, mentor, colleague and a patient.
Candace Pert, scientist, mother, pioneer
Once in a great while we witness genius among us. We often do not see this as it is happening, only when it has passed. I was lucky enough to know Candace both professionally and personally.
There is an old Apache saying that says “The hardest thing to do in life is to know yourself.” Understanding your inner self will create a successful life regardless of the endeavor. In the BaZi, knowing yourself is as important as knowing others. If you truly understand yourself, you have a better ability to understand those around you.
Some of my friends think that there is a fundamental biological imperative to propagate our human species. Back in college, this was usually an alcohol-induced activity that have had repercussions to this day. Sex is something that is fundamental in the reproductive process of the individual in order to ensure species survival. An often common quote you can find on the web by the late Lewis Thomas compares humans to ants:
“Ants are so much like human beings as to be an embarrassment. They farm fungi, raise aphids as livestock, launch armies into war, use chemical sprays to alarm and confuse enemies, capture slaves, engage in child labor, exchange information ceaselessly. They do everything but watch television.“