Dr. Jane Goodall explains how chimpanzees are capable of more love and empathy in comparison to humans.
Humans have introduced brilliant innovations into the world in their pursuit to establish themselves as the most superior creatures in the world. However, they often miss out on some core values showcased by creatures around them. Therefore, humans must stay in tandem with the beings around them, treat them with respect as well as gratitude and learn vital life lessons from them. Dr. Jane Goodall firmly believes in such a connection, as she explains in her video with the Museum of Science, things that humans can learn from chimpanzees. Goodall is a world-renowned primatologist and anthropologist known for her work with chimpanzees.
In the video, she explains in detail the important life lessons humans can gain from chimpanzees and incorporate into our lives. The first thing she brings to light is their ability to attain "reconciliation after conflict." On the contrary, humans struggle with this ability, carrying grudges after decades of war. Goodall added, "We fight wars. We have conflicts all over the world today."
She then goes on to compliment the mother-children relationship that exists in chimpanzees. The anthropologist calls the treatment meted out by mothers to their children "exemplary," as they give their offspring unconditional support. In the case of humans, she finds that there is more separation. She gives her own example of how she missed out on a relationship with her father because of war.
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Humans often prioritize things other than their kids, while chimpanzees don't. In today's world, humans are more concentrated on themselves rather than on making this world better for their children. According to Goodall, "If a child feels supported, that makes all the difference."
Throughout her career, Goodall has supported the view that humans and chimpanzees can benefit from each other. She has rejected notions that chimpanzees are different and inferior to humans. Her opinion is that there are a lot of similarities and a huge scope for learning from each other. In her interview with Vox, she shared that the biggest achievement of her career has been blurring the line between humans and the animal kingdom. She has proven that chimpanzees have the same capabilities as humans. One fateful day, she observed chimpanzees making tools and broke the myth that man is the only toolmaker in the world. In her own words, this was the "turning point," as after this, people became more open to the fact that "we are not the only beings on the planet with personalities, minds and emotions."
Moreover, in her opinion, "there are some ways that animals are highly intelligent in ways that we certainly would be completely stupid." Their aggression is a result of impulses. Their 'violence' can never become evil like humans. She explained, "I think only humans are capable of evil. Because to me, evil is not just responding to an aggressive impulse (which is what chimps do), but sitting deliberately in cold blood and planning the destruction of another human being or planning a war."
Today, she is happy that there is more acceptance that humans are part of the animal kingdom and not superior to it. Though there is still some resistance to the idea that humans and animals are equals, the progress elates her. She hopes that the world reaches a place where humans finally understand that they are sharing this planet with animals and do not have any right to hurt and torture them for their own gain.
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