Two orphaned baby baboons undergoing rehabilitation enjoying their time spent in the wilderness at the gorge: (photo: Lynette Johnson)
The spirit of man is nomad, his blood bedouin, and love is the aboriginal tracker on the faded desert spoor of his lost self; and so I came to live my life not by conscious plan or pre-arranged design but as someone following the flight of a bird.
Humanity’s search for self-knowledge has continued as we progress along the new millennium.
We ask questions about how to lead a more meaningful existence. Some of us travel to far away lands, exploring foreign cultures on the road to recovering an inner self.
Others look for life’s answers in the Koran, the Bhagavad Gita, the Tao-te Ching, the Bible or the Talmud. This search speaks of a universal need, an awakening.
This blog is an unusual one; it describes an internal awakening: I discovered a lost part of the self during my journey into the world of the Chacma Baboon, the Vervet Monkey and the natural environment we share.
The only words that come close to describing this lost part is to name it the “inner primate”.
Following the flight of the bird can be compared to following our inner truth; living life as authentically as possible.
Do you feel that your life is true to who you are – that it expresses your centre, your unique purpose for being on earth?
Or do you feel that your life has been directed by the expectations of others, society, family etc.?
The gorge at the DPG where I commune with the wild troop at full moon:
Above: Karin releasing an orphaned baby into a wild troop.
“My mind’s forest had formed new paths, heading towards a profound new worldview. Near a small town called Naboomspruit in 1998 where I’d been introducing my foster baboon infant – Gismo – to a troop of 17 Chacma baboons on a private reserve named Mosdene, something internal had stirred and woken up. Admittedly, it was a personal journey. One that life had blessed me in particular with, but it spoke of much more, offering a unique glimpse into our place within the rest of nature. More importantly, it revealed what we’d lost and how to retrieve it.”
Karin Saks – from the book: Life With Darwin.
- My Friends the Baboons (darwinprimategroup.wordpress.com)