The Answers Are Within Reach

Paracelsus, also known as Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, was a German-Swiss physician and chemist born in 1493.

At age 14, he traveled Europe on his educational quest, but was disappointed in the quality of education he found.but was disappointed with them all, writing that he wondered how “the high colleges managed to produce so many high asses.”

After earning his doctoral degree at age 20, he began to call himself Paracelsus and set out to learn the various medical treatments practiced in different regions. He sought out the most learned exponents of practical alchemy, not only to learn the most effective means of medical treatment but also to uncover “the latent forces of Nature,” and how to use them. He wrote: "He who is born in imagination discovers the latent forces of Nature.… Besides the stars that are established, there is yet another—Imagination—that begets a new star and a new heaven."

Although a controversial figure in traditional medicine, Paracelsus is nevertheless credited with significant discoveries in the field. His work shows us that creativity applies to the sciences as much as to the arts, not to automatically accept societal norms, and that the answers to all questions just might already be within our grasp, if we just know where to reach.