Jane Goodall on Spirit and Science

The below video is a good companion to the other one I posted today about our disconnection from nature.

Being in touch with nature allows for wonder and awe. Getting back in touch with nature allows for healing.

She reads this beautiful poem at the end of the clip:

janeThe Old Wisdom

When the night wind makes the pine trees creak
And the pale clouds glide across the dark sky,
Go out, my child, go out and seek
Your soul: the Eternal I.

For all the grasses rustling at your feet
And every flaming star that glitters high
Above you, close up and meet
In you: the Eternal I.

Yes, my child, go out into the world; walk slow
And silent, comprehending all, and by and by
Your soul, the Universe, will know
Itself: the Eternal I.

h/t brainpickings

In this clip from Bill’s 2009 interview with Jane Goodall, the primatologist known for her research on chimpanzees talks about how her spirituality grew while spending time alone in nature, the limits of science and her mother’s role in developing her beliefs. (watch the full interview with Bill Moyers here)

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