Whenever the World Around Us Gets Us Down …

Always Remember, There Are Good People Among Us, Working To Make Our World A Better Place

A Brief Message from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher             Doug Draper

Jane Goodall, as I remember her during my first years at Brock University in the 1970s

Posted February 4th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

“Whatever we believe about how we got to be the extraordinary creatures we are today is far less important than bringing our intellect to bear on how do we get together now around the world and get out of the mess that we’ve made. That’s the key thing now. Never mind how we got to be who we are.”                                                                                                 – Jane Goodall, primatologist, anthropologist, environmentalist and all-round humanitarian

This time of year, when the winter blues set in, I sometimes find myself feeling even more down over news about people in other regions of the world, and even some in our own backyard, who are saying and doing things that self-serving, dishonest, hurtful and sometimes even dangerous and destructive.

With a friend.

Whenever I catch myself feeling a little too down about all of the bad out there, it is always good for the psyche and soul to remind myself or to be reminded by others that there are also a lot of good people out there, doing good things.

Feeling in the dumps late this January about everything from Donald Trump and Doug Ford, to all of the garbage still going on at the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, such a reminder came for me when I turned on CNN and Fareed Zakaria, one of the very best hosts of a program on that cable TV network, was interviewing one of my heroes going back to my school days in the 1970s – the oh so wonderful Jane Goodall.

As she has for more than 50 years now, Jane Goodall, at age 84, is still touring country after country, encouraging anyone who will listen to find peace and harmony with our planet and all the creatures living in it while we still have time to pass on a world that is worth living in to future generations.

Her words and her passion are truly uplifting, and if you don’t believe that getting a little exposure to a person like Jane Goodall can inspire you to feel a little better about the state of the world we live in, click on the screen link below –https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2019/01/27/exp-gps-0127-jane-goodall-full-interview.cnn

Living examples of people like Jane Goodall can and should inspire each and every one of us, however average or ordinary we think we are, to do extraordinary things for the good of our community and our world, and for all of the humans and non-humans we are fortunate enough to have a few brief moments sharing what may be the one and only oasis for life in the universe.

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 “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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