Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty teeth.

First Inaugural Address of George Washington...April 30, 1789

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Abraham Lincoln said:

"In this age, and in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it nothing can suceed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions."

James Madison Declared

The adversaries of the Constitution seem to have lost sight of the PEOPLE altogether in their reasonings on this subject; and to have viewed these different establishments not only as mutual rivals and enemies, but as uncontrolled by any common superior in their efforts to usurp the authorities of each other. These gentlemen must be reminded of their error. They must be told that the ULTIMATE AUTHORITY, wherever the derivative may be found, RESIDES IN THE PEOPLE ALONE. (Federalist Papers, No. 46, p.294; emphasis added.)

Monday, September 1, 2008


Since mankind lived in caves thousands of years before writing and language skills developed there existed the "healer", "witchdoctor", "medicine man", "shaman" or any one of a thousand other names that person may have been called...most of them long since forgotten over the eons since they walked and practiced what we today call medicine. They were individuals in a tribe or clan that had the secret knowledge passed onto them from their father or mother; in a true sense ...a family affair that continued as long as that family continued to exist. When the family died out that line of healing died out with it. Their skills were composed of many parts: mysticism, religion, observation of nature and the creatures around them and to some extent experimentation and magic and common sense. These skills though ancient and seemingly crude serviced mankind for thousands of years and apparently worked to some degree to get us through in spite of their inadequacies.

With the advancement of mankind and writing came the codification of all this knowledge passed on (verbally) over the ages; much of it nonsense and some of it true. Science as we understand it only began about 500 t0 600 years ago with observation of the world around us and gradually the scientific method evolved which involved theories and experimentation to verify the theory (hypothesis).

Today the healer of yesterday is called doctor or physician or even more recently denigrated to the level of a "vendor" and in that vending machine delivering an item or service. I personally would rather be called a "healer", "shaman" or anyone of multiple other terms lost to antiquity than a "vendor". The family of the ancient "healer" has now become the corporation which controls it's "vendors" by owning and controlling it's vending machines....hospitals, clinics, emergent care centers and anyone of many other entities. They are generally run and controlled by MBAs and accountants and laymen (business men) with their own agendas...not necessarily the same healing ones of the doctor...oh excuse me... the "vendor". This has been called progress. I sometimes wonder if it is progress in the right direction and with the correct people at the helm. If the people want a Walmart mentality servicing their health they will get the service they deserve.

In the last century or so we have seen more changes in medicine than have occurred in thousands of years. Let us not change it so much that the human element, the person to person connection along with the compassion is lost forever for then we who are "healers" will be forever delegated to the realm of "vendor" and the "vending machine" will take us into the future. A terrifying thought to me.


Gus said...

I like "shaman." So, from now on, you'll be Shaman Rich!

Remember the days (most don't) when you went to the doctor and he fixed you without thousands of dollars of tests and multiple appointments?

I know you do.

Richard W Gorski, M.D. said...

I know those days are gone forever. Make sure you have good health insurance if you can afford it or you are in deep "do-do". Thanks for the memories Gus.
Shaman Rich