Successfully Human

David Price
5 min readJun 16, 2024
Wayne Sumstine

…She (Jane Goodall) recollected, “I was also told by these professors (her teachers) to be a good scientist you have to be objective. Therefore you cannot have empathy with what you’re studying. That is so wrong. It’s having empathy with what you’re studying that gives you those “aha” moments — “Yes, I think I know why he or she is doing that.” Then you can put on the scientific hat, which I learned at Cambridge, which I love, and say, “Let me prove that my intuition is right or not.”

Jane Goodall became an evangelist for the animals. She said, “To me, cruelty is the worst of human sins. Once we accept that a living creature has feelings and suffers pain, then by knowingly and deliberately inflicting suffering on that creature, we are guilty, whether it be human or animal.”

When asked what advice Jane Goodall would you give to a 10-year-old wanting to become a scientist, she responded, “I would tell them you mustn’t be cold. You must have empathy. It’s the lack of empathy for subjects that’s led to so much cruelty to animals. Now, we’re even learning how these trees communicate. It’s such a fascinating world to live in…

— Jim Rigby

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If you long for liberation because you do not like saṃsāra, that is duality.

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David Price

I write about creativity, loving, language learning and psycho/spirituality. I’m a longtime painter and reader.