Does this poem speak to anyone like it does to me?
In 1956 Dr Alice's Lancet article shared her discovery:
At a rate of 2 to 1, children who died of cancer
had mothers who were x-rayed while pregnant.
But the world was in love with the cool new machines,
And surely doctors intent on healing
Could never do harm.
The slaughter of the innocents continued for
Twenty-five more years
Despite the news.
"Openness alone cannot drive change."
Institutions cannot think.
They are comprised of people
Who find some information frightening,
And the conflict it evokes threatening.
They do not see
Conflict as a kind of thinking.
They have not yet embraced
The value of differences
Nor built the muscles
Such thinking requires.
Dr. Alice (the people person)
and statistician George (the reclusive nerd)
danced a passionate pas de deux.
His task---to disprove her theory,
Hers, to prove it right.
They brought their best:
Their devotion to science's highest purposes,
Their varied backgrounds.
They were not each other's echoes.
It was exhausting. It was not fun.
It took patience and a lot of energy.
It was a kind of love.
By this tumultuous process
--and the death of a child a week for twenty-five years--
"Openness isn't the end. It is the beginning.
Author: Linda Hoffman Kimball (who wrote this after hearing the TED at the end of this post.)
What is a TED talk? I am new to this so I looked it up:
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas,
usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).