In Greek myths, Chiron was the wisest of the Centaurs and the archetype of the Wounded Healer.
He was accidentally wounded by an arrow that had been dipped in the blood of the Hydra.
In his search for his own cure, he discovered how to heal others.
In teaching others the healing arts, he found a measure of solace from his own pain.
The Wounded Healer understands what the patient feels because he has gone through the same pain.
The suffering patient can be cared for by the Healer and be instrumental in the Healers own healing (or further and deeper wounding).
Each encounter between Healer and patient can be transforming for both (for the better or for the worse).
The lesson of Chiron teaches us is that we can overcome pain and transcend into knowledge.
That each of us can become a Wounded Healer,
Or we can each become the type of lost and wounded person who walks the earth, darkening it by continually wounding others, and never having the courage to try to truly face ourselves and the places that scare us and heal our own wounds.
Hurt people hurt people.