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This is a power point presentation that explores the spiritual and mystical side of Dr. Jane Goodall. That all of her good works arise from the profound spiritual connection that she has with her inner most self.
We are knowing that the mind of the great peace makers and builders is our mind too. This is even more important in light of the recent shootings in Colorado and the NRA’s response that the solution is that we should all arm ourselves. We have to know that more violence is never a permanent solution to violence and more importantly, there are those of us who do not have a vision of peace in their minds and that we, the peacemakers have to hold that vision of peace on their behalf and work towards that vision on their behalf. And we have to do this work without anger or animosity, but from a place of love. So as we move through the extraordinary life of Dr. Jane Goodall, we must know that we are no less extraordinary. We must strive to be a peacemaker in our everyday lives, in our homes, on the freeway, and at the supermarket. We must look forward to the god within each one of us, meeting the god in others.
Dr. Jane Goodall was born April 3rd, 1934. She was a curious child with a love for animals that was encouraged by her mother Vane and her Father Mort. There are two stories that she often tells: One is a story when she was 18 months old she brought in a handful of earthworms and took them to bed with her. Vane told her, “Jane if you keep them here, they’ll die.” So she gathered them up and took them back outside. The other story is when she about one years old, her father bought her a stuffed chimpanzee called “Jubilee” in honor of the first chimpanzee born at the London zoo. She still has Jubilee today.
As a result of WWII, Jane’s father, Mort enlists in the army and Jane, her sister Judy, and her mother go to live with her Grandmother “Danny” in an old Victorian style home not far from the English Channel.
While at the Birches, Jane played with her sister and friends, read Tarzan novel’s while perched in the trees outside of her home, and dreamed of one day going to Africa. While she was happy at the Birches, the World War II introduced Jane to the reality of evil in our world. Indeed, wrestling with the problem of evil in our world and presenting us with solutions, I think, is what motivates much of her work.
Jane’s parents divorced when she was twelve, but rarely saw her father so her life wasn’t much affected by the event.In 1952 she receives her higher certificate from school and at 18 leaves home for London where she works as a secretary at Oxford. In 1956 she receives an invitation from a school friend to come to Kenya, she moves home, saves her money, and in 1957 sails to Africa.
Eventually, Leaky sees in Jane the intelligence and the temperament to go carry out the very important task of observing the behavior of chimpanzees, our closest ancestors.Jane agrees to the project and goes home to prepare and study. In the meantime, Leaky has to convince the British Government to allow a young British woman to live in the African bush and raise money.He did, and the money for this, now famous expedition came from an American from Illinois.
was a British archaeologist and naturalist whose work was important in establishing human evolutionary development in Africa. He also played a major role in creating organizations for future research in Africa and for protecting wildlife there. Having been a prime mover in establishing a tradition of palaeoanthropological inquiry, he was able to motivate the next generation to continue it, notably within his own family, many of whom also became prominent. Leakey participated in national events of British East Africa and Kenya during the 1950s.
In 1960 JaneGoodall went back to the Gombe forest accompanied by her mother Vane to observe and study the chimpanzees.While there she observed a chimpanzee named David Greybeard inserting blades of grass into a termite hill, pulling it out, and eating the termites. Later, Jane had observed him picking a small leafy twig, stripping it of its leaves, and using it. This was tool modification.Not soon after, the National Geographic Society gave her and Leaky a grant for Jane to continue her work.
By 1975 there was a thriving PhD. Program run by Dr. Jane at Gombe. However, in 1975, 40 armed men from Zaire crossed the Tanganyika River and kidnapped four students demanding ransom. The ransom was paid and after several weeks all of the students were released. But this incident marred her reputation for a while and ended the PhD. Program1976 the Jane Goodall Inst. Was founded so that they could fund the work at Gombe. 1974 to 1978 Jane and her staff witnessed real violence among the chimpanzees: A small group of chimpanzees broke off from the main group in Gombe and went south. Over the course of 4 years, the larger stronger northern group systematically killed all of the chimps from the southern group. Chimpanzees, like humans, have a dark side.
Cultural speciation is what allows us to harm other living things by de-humanizing them. Cultural speciation among the Chimpanzees and also among humans. That is, “our tendency to form select in-groups from which we exclude those who do not share our ethnic background, socioeconomic position, political persuasions, religious beliefs, and so on is one of the major casuses of war, rioting, gang violence, and other kinds of conflict. We find examples of our human tendency ot form in-groups from which we exclude others…” pg. 131
Cultural speciation is a barrier to world peaceCultural speciation among the Chimpanzees and also among humans. That is, “our tendency to form select in-groups from which we exclude those who do not share our ethnic background, socioeconomic position, political persuasions, religious beliefs, and so on is one of the major casuses of war, rioting, gang violence, and other kinds of conflict. We find examples of our human tendency ot form in-groups from which we exclude others…” pg. 131Jesus, in Jane’s mind, fought against this by expanding his circle of compassion. Clearly, clutrual speciation had been crippling to human moral and spiritual growth. It had hindered freedom of thought, limited our thinking, imprisioned us in the cultures into which we had been born. And, provided we remained locked within these cultural mind prisions, all oour find ideas about the Family of Man, the Global Village, and the unitieing of nations would be just rhetoric,” pg. 133.Cultural speciation was clearly a barrier to world peace. Pg. 133
1986 Harvard University Press published, “Chimpanzees of Gombe.” This gave her the professional confidence that she needed. At a conference where she was presenting this material, she learned that the Chimpanzee population had dwindled from 2 million at the turn of the 20th century to 150,000 from deforestation, hunting for “bush meat,” live animal trade where females were killed and their infants taken and sold for entertainment, pets, or for experimentation. She had to leave Gombe in order to save chimpanzees and I believe, awaken our humanity. A self-imposed exile. In 1987, Jane was given permission to visit Federally funded laboratory SEMA, Inc. chimpanzees lived in deplorable conditions. After she said to them, “I think you all know what I felt in there…and since you are all decent, compassionate people, I assume you feel much the same,” pg. 213
Reasons for hope:The human brain: Our ability to be inventive and create new technologiesThe resilience of nature: given the chance nature is resilient and will regenerate herselfThe energy and enthusiasm that can be kindled in young people. Roots and Shoots program: young people take three projects, 1. to help the animal kind, 2. to help humankind, and 3. to help the environment. The indomitable human spirit: Holocaust survivors and altruistic behavior.
Dr. jane goodall
Dr. Jane Goodall Primatologist, Environmentalist,Humanitarian, Philosopher, Mystic, Peace Maker
Part 1: BeginningDr. Jane was born April3rd, 1934
Part 1: BeginningIn 1939, Brittandeclares war onGermany.Jane was five yearsold.
Part 1: BeginningThe Birches is stillJane’s primaryresidence.
Dr. Jane• “How should the mind that can contemplate God relate to our fellow beings, the other life- forms of the world? What is our human responsibility? And what, ultimately, is our human destiny?”
Part 1: Beginnings• 1952 Jane receives her higher certificate from school.• 1956 Jane receives and invitation from a school friend to come to Kenya.• 1957 Jane sails to Africa.
Part 1: BeginningsJane meets famousanthropologist LouisLeaky and becomeshis personal secretary.
Dr. LeakyDr. Leaky was one ofthe first to postulateand prove that humanevolutionarydevelopment began inAfrica and not Asia.He also mentored,Dian Fossey (Gorillasin the Mist) and BiruteGaldikas (Born to beWild).
Par 1: Beginnings1960: “Ah! We mustnow redefine man,redefine tool, oraccept chimpanzees ashuman!” --Dr. Louis Leaky
Part 2: The MysticTime Alone“…those months atGombe helped to shapethe person I amtoday…All the time I wasgetting closer to theanimals and nature, andas a result, closer tomyself and more andmore in tune with thespiritual power that I feltall around,” Dr. Jane
Part 2: The MysticThe Problem of Evil1975: Kidnapping inGombe1976: Jane GoodallInstitute was founded1974 to 1978: 4 YearChimpanzee War
Part 2: The MysticCultural Speciation“…the tendency to formselect in-groups fromwhich we exclude thosewho do not share ourethnic background,socioeconomic position,political persuasions,religious beliefs, and so onis one of the major causesof war, rioting, gangviolence, and other kindsof conflict,” Dr. Jane
Part 2: The MysticCultural Speciation: The Barrier to World Peace“Clearly, cultural speciation had been crippling tohuman moral and spiritual growth. It had hinderedfreedom of thought, limited our thinking, imprisonedus in the cultures into which we had been born. And,provided we remained locked within these culturalmind prisons, all our fine ideas about the Family ofMan, the Global Village, and the uniting of nationswould be just rhetoric,” Dr. Jane
Part 3: SolutionsSpiritual and Moral Evolution “…the flame of pure spirit that is in each and every one of us,that is part of the creator; what the Buddhists call kernel. Thatwhich is loved, I realized, can grow. We had to learn tounderstand and love this Spirit within in order to find peacewithin. And only then could we reach out beyond the narrowprison of our own lives, seeking reunion with the SpiritualPower that we call God, or Allah, the Tao, Brahma, the creator,or whatever our personal beliefs prescribes. Once we hadattained that goal, our power to connect with others, so thattogether we could create a better world, would beimmeasurably greater,” Dr. Jane.
Part 3: Solutions1986: HarvardUniversity Presspublishes“Chimpanzees ofGombe.”1987: Jane visitsFederally funded labSEMA, Inc.