Through a Window, by Jane Goodall

Young Jane Goodall

Young Jane Goodall

There are many windows through
which we can look out into the
world, searching for meaning …

… Most of us, when we ponder on the
meaning of our existence,
peer through but one of these
windows onto the world.
And even that one is often misted over
by the breath of our finite humanity.

We clear a tiny peephole and stare through.

No wonder we are confused by the
tiny fraction of a whole that we see.

It is, after all, like trying to
comprehend the panorama of the
desert or the sea through
a rolled-up newspaper.

—Jane Goodall, Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe (Mariner Books, New York, 2010)

For more on Jane Goodall, check out her interview in PARABOLA 29.2, “Web of Life,” and most recently in our Winter 2013-2014 issue VOL. 38:4 “Liberation & Letting Go” for Carol Lee Flinders essay on how Jane Goodall finds a way in “Unburdened by Theory.”