"I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful."..."I will tell you from the beginning that everyone will say that I work too quickly. Don't believe it. It is the excitement, the honesty of a man of nature, led by nature's hand." ~ Vincent Van Gogh
Jane Goodall's early work "demonstrated that chimps in the wild are unique individuals that show emotions, use reasoning, and exhibit strong personalities ~ all traits once thought to be exclusive to humans. Besides making her world-famous, Goodall's engaging descriptions of chimpanzee society transformed our notions of what it means to be a primate ~ and what it means to be human"...."Today the Jane Goodall Institute supports family planning and rural development in central Africa, recognizing that chimpanzees can survive into the future only next to stable, peaceful human populations." ~ Paul Rauber
Paul Rauber is a senior editor at SIERRA. Following are a few excerpts from his special interview with Jane Goodall:
Sierra: What has your many years' observation of chimpanzees taught you about human behavior?
Goodall: It's taught me that our aggressive tendencies have probably been inherited from an ancient primate some 6 million years ago. But also love, compassion, and altruism ~ we find these qualities in chimpanzees as well. So if we believe in the common ancestor, both of these characteristics ~ the dark side of our nature as well as the more noble side ~ we've probably brought with us from the past. Some people say, therefore, that violence and war are inevitable. I say rubbish: Our brains are fully capable of controlling instinctive behavior. We're not very good at it, though, are we?
That's why I started Roots and Shoots (at the Jane Goodall Institute) and...Since 9/11, we've also had a very strong peace initiative, helping young people better understand those of different countries, cultures, and religions. My hope is that these young people can break through and make this a better world.
"A feeling of being one with all of nature; One with the ocean, one with the heavens. What we live for is this union which completes us. Being vulnerable, yet exhilarated By the energy of love Making us whole. Being daring and letting go Without anyone having to push us, We get back what we give ~ It's the spherical way of life."
"Come senators, congressmen Please heed the call Don't stand in the doorway Don't block up the hall. For he that gets hurt Will be he who has stalled There's a battle outside and it's ragin' It'll soon shake your windows And rattle your walls For the times they are a-changin' "
Here are just a few of the lyrics I love from 2 of the 12 great songs on the Dixie Chicks new CD "TAKING THE LONG WAY ( http://www.dixiechicks.com ):
"Sunday morning, I heard the preacher say Thou shall not kill I don't wanna hear nothing else about killing And that it's God's will
'Cause our children are watching us They put their trust in us They're gonna be like us So let's learn from our history And do it differently
I hope, for more love, more joy and laughter I hope, you'll have more than you'll ever need I hope, you'll have more happy ever after I hope, we can all live more fearlessly And, we can lose all the pain and misery I hope, I hope" (from the song "I Hope")
and these words from a mother to her child in the song "Lullaby":
"I slip in bed when you're asleep To hold you close and feel your breath on me Tomorrow there'll be so much to do So tonight I'll drift in a dream with you
How long do you want to be loved Is forever enough, is forever enough How long do you want to be loved Is forever enough Cause I'm never, never giving you up"
Published Author, Environmentalist ~ I seek to see the natural world have a stronger voice in human affairs. My life's dance is tied to my passion for the beauty of our earth and the people, plants and animals that inhabit it. I hope my music and other creative ideas give you some comfort, joy, hope, and peace.
Be Strong; Be Well
~ Patty:) ~