Wings

Don’t ask me what I did.  Ask what I did not do.
I did not clip her wings.
— Ziauddin Yousafzai

Malala 1

Ziauddin Yousafzai, Teacher Idealist, is the father of Malala Yousafzai, a young woman who protested against the Taliban for the education rights of children, especially for Pakistani girls. Originally a headmaster of his school in Swat Valley, he is currently the United Nations Special Advisor on Global Education.

Malala Yousafzai, Fieldmarshal Rational, ( born 12 July 1997) is a Pakistani school pupil and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She is known for her activism for rights to education and for women, especially in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. In early 2009, at the age of 11–12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls. The following summer, a New York Times documentary by journalist Adam B. Ellick was filmed about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region, culminating in the Second Battle of Swat. Malala rose in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television, and she was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by South African activist Desmond Tutu. [Wikipedia, revised]

“I will get my education – if it is in home, school, or anyplace.”
— Malala

As Malala became more recognized, the dangers facing her became more acute. Death threats against her were published in newspapers and slipped under her door. On Facebook, where she was an active user, she began to receive threats and fake profiles were created under her name. When none of this worked, a Taliban spokesman says they were “forced” to act. In a meeting held in the summer of 2012, Taliban leaders unanimously agreed to kill her.

On the morning of Tuesday, 9 October 2012, Malala boarded her school bus in the northwest Pakistani district of Swat. A gunman asked for Malala by name, then pointed a Colt 45 at her and fired three shots. One bullet hit the left side of Malala’s forehead, traveled under her skin the length of her face and then into her shoulder.

In the days immediately following the attack, she remained unconscious and in critical condition, but later her condition improved enough for her to be sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, for intensive rehabilitation. On 12 October, a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her, but the Taliban reiterated its intent to kill Yousafzai and her father.

The assassination attempt sparked a national and international outpouring of support for Malala. Deutsche Welle wrote in January 2013 that Yousafzai may have become “the most famous teenager in the world.” United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown launched a UN petition in Yousafzai’s name, using the slogan “I am Malala” and demanding that all children worldwide be in school by the end of 2015 – a petition which helped lead to the ratification of Pakistan’s first Right to Education Bill. In 29 April 2013 issue of Time magazine, Malala was featured on the magazine’s front cover and as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World”. She was the winner of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize and was nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. [Wikipedia, revised]

Malala’s father, contrary to Pakistan’s culture, decided to put Malala in his school when she was 4 years old.

I am proud to be known as Malala’s father.
–Ziauddin Yousafzai

Teacher Idealists have a natural talent for leading students or trainees toward learning, or as Idealists like to think of it, they are capable of calling forth each learner’s potentials. Teachers (around two percent of the American population) are able – effortlessly, it seems, and almost endlessly-to dream up fascinating learning activities for their students to engage in. In some Teachers, this ability to fire the imagination can amount to a kind of genius which other types find hard to emulate. But perhaps their greatest strength lies in their belief in their students. Teachers look for the best in their students, and communicate clearly that each one has untold potential, and this confidence can inspire their students to grow and develop more than they ever thought possible. [Please Understand Me II]

The Eagle is the totem for the FieldMarshal Rationals.

Fieldmarshals are bound to lead others, and from an early age they can be observed taking command of groups. In some cases, they simply find themselves in charge of groups, and are mystified as to how this happened. But the reason is that they have a strong natural urge to give structure and direction wherever they are – to harness people in the field and to direct them to achieve distant goals. [Please Understand Me II]

“I believe in Democracy, but
When I enter my home, I become the dictator,
there is no freedom of choice, there is no free speech,
… I am the Leader.”
— Malala

She gives her brothers, lectures every day.

“In countries other than Pakistan – I won’t necessarily call them ‘Western’ – people support me. This is because people there respect others. They don’t do this because I am a Pashtun or a Punjabi, a Pakistani, or an Iranian, they do it because of one’s words and character. This is why I am being respected and supported there.” — Malala Yousafzai

Other example Dyads include:  Will and Ariel Durant, Arthur Cayley and Joseph Sylvester, Pan Shiyi and Zhang XinNicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Walt and Roy Disney.

Other Fieldmarshal Rationals include:  Tan Le, Muriel SiebertJerry BussJohn AdamsIndra NooyiWilliam Pitt, the YoungerEllen Sirleaf and Joyce Banda, and Margaret Thatcher.

Other Teacher Idealists include: Ralph Nader, Mikhail GorbachevStephen CoveyJane Fonda

20 thoughts on “Wings

  1. goodrumo April 19, 2014 / 5:26 pm

    Fantastic blog, you could have not written a word and the art imagery for this would have conveyed the story. Powerful. Awesome work Derek Keirsey. My now favorite artist.

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  2. Sarah April 19, 2014 / 11:52 pm

    Awesome blog.

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  3. Fabio Bani April 20, 2014 / 10:54 am

    I think Malala is an Idealist, maybe a Champion. The fact that she is “a dictator” with her younger brothers does not mean she is a Fieldmarshal. And there’s no evidence that she is good at leading: she has only offered the world an unparalleled championing of a cause.

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    • David Keirsey April 20, 2014 / 1:43 pm

      Possible, but not probable. Champions are not very directive nor preemptive. Malala is very strategic and focused on learning, and Champions, when young, are “all over the map” — and appear like Artisans, even into adulthood. Malala is no Artisan. We will hopefully shall see.

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      • Mike April 22, 2014 / 2:04 am

        David, can you please elaborate on “all over the map”.

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      • Fabio Bani April 23, 2014 / 5:49 am

        Yes, but there is a difference between focused on learning as Newton, Einstein, Ramanujan, Pierre&Marie Curie etc and focused on learning as Martin Luther King, James Meredith and so on. Malala is in the second group.

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      • David Keirsey April 25, 2014 / 8:51 am

        It will be interesting to see what happens to Malala and her father as time goes on. By the by, what convinces you that Meredith is an Idealist?

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  4. David Keirsey April 20, 2014 / 1:50 pm

    I tend to ignore my father’s concentration on hand gestures, but looking at her to see if she uses Idealist’s hand gestures, my father would most likely say Rational, based on her hand gestures. One more piece of evidence toward that hypothesis.

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    • Fabio Bani April 27, 2014 / 2:56 pm

      I’m convinced because of what Meredith did. Temperament undoubtedly affects what we do. What Meredith did and how well he did it could only be done by an Idealist.

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  5. goodrum April 20, 2014 / 11:21 pm

    Malala’s strength is her Strategic intelligence, there is and always has been her goal of education for girls, (children), the point that she speaks about this doesn’t exclude her as Fieldmarshal, it highlights it. Their is a clear goal and mobilization being under way by her. This is her understanding the strategical value of education, the clearness and focus, (not just advocating, advocating), this is a very clear goal with rationale and reasoning, of recognition and priority. Malala has also realized the bigger picture of politics, she has aimed for a political base of power as opposed to to ‘just being a doctor’ as she notes, a doctor can only help one person, a political position of leadership can alter the country: //MALALA YOUSAFZAI: Thank you. The first thing is that when I hear from people — when I hear about different organizations, much of the money is spent on health, on AIDS, and on different other problems that we are facing in developing countries. But I think that all these organizations must make education their top priority.

    If you educate a child, then you also help him how to protect himself from AIDS, how to protect himself from diseases. You tell him about clean water, you tell him about if you boil water, then it gets clean.

    So, I think education is the best solution to fight many other issues as well. Through education you can fight child labor. Through education you can fight child trafficking. Through education you can also fight poverty.

    So, all these problems are linked together. Poverty causes children not to go to school, but if you educate a child, in future if he gets a job, then there will be no poverty. They would have opportunities in their lives. And, as well as, through education they will know about the world outside. When I was in Swat, I just thought that Swat was the only world. I didn’t know that there is a world outside as well.

    So, through education we can get a broad mind. And I will request all the organizations to make education their top priority and to work for education and especially the countries that need the most, countries like Syria, countries like Nigeria, countries like Pakistan, countries like Afghanistan, countries like India.

    So, we must start our work from the countries that are suffering the most. As well as countries in Africa, because there we have the problem that there is no — their children are also dying of thirst and hunger and they’re also starving for education. So, we need to work a lot and I hope that if all the organizations and people and all of us work together, and if the governments taking action, then I think we will find a solution for all these problems and you will see that a day will come that every child will be going to school.//

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  6. goodrum April 20, 2014 / 11:26 pm

    Here: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/malala-yousafzai-when-a-teenage-ambition-to-change-the-world-might-actually-work-20140417-zqw1u.html Sit back and watch her journey into power, she has a powerful grasp of understanding what is required and what it takes to change and mobilise a country: //Malala is an extraordinarily articulate young woman, and her ability to command the attention of an audience does not rest entirely on her status as a survivor of a horrifying attack. After just a few moments of listening to her, what happened to her was no longer at the front of my mind.

    At times, she sounded like any ordinary teenager. The girl who, behind the closed doors of her home in Birmingham, bosses her brothers: “I become a dictator, they have no freedom of expression or choice”.

    Or the girl who, while living in purdah in Pakistan’s Swat valley, read the Twilight series of books and dreamed of being a vampire. But the extraordinary assurance with which she articulated her mission to bring formal education to the world’s children made her sound older and authoritative.

    “I don’t want to be thought of as ‘the girl who was shot by the Taliban’, but ‘the girl who fought for education'”, she wrote in her book.//

    This is not Diplomatic Collaboration occurring, this is clearly Initiating and PreEmptive Strategic intelligence.

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  7. David Keirsey October 10, 2014 / 4:42 pm

    Reblogged this on Please Understand Me and commented:
    Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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  8. jason taylor October 23, 2014 / 10:03 am

    Loved that saying about not clipping wings.

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  9. jason taylor October 23, 2014 / 10:08 am

    Where is that thing about the eagle being the totem?

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    • David Keirsey October 23, 2014 / 3:36 pm

      Well we never published more specific totems than for the Four Temperaments. Owl for Rational, Beaver for Guardian, Fox for Artisan, and Unicorn or Dolphin for Idealist. However, being clever lads years ago, my dad and I worked at trying to come up individual totems for the Sixteen Types. It starts out good, but we really weren’t very successful in satisfactory animal totems for all sixteen. Some Guadian totems being hard not to look stupid and simplistic demeaning.

      We did think for us Rationals, birds of prey were pretty neat — Eagle being for the Fieldmarshal (naturally), Hawk for the Mastermind, Owl for the Architect (even though most biologists consider the Owl as dumb as a door nail), and I have forgotten what the Inventor was. But we never officially wrote anything that I recall (unless my father put something in PUM, that I don’t recall.)

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