Have you ever seen the movie Instinct with Anthony Hopkins? He goes into the jungle and he studies the gorilla.
I am one of those people who is totally okay with there being parts of the world that are undiscovered by man. It seems that every time we discover something, we wreck it.
The reason I love this movie so much is because it really examines the difference between the observers and the takers of the world.
It was really awesome that he discovered the difference by simply putting down his observation equipment. There was a beautiful scene where he lowers his camera and sees them for the first time, wide-eyed and innocent. From then on, he fell in love with them and it wasn't about gathering data anymore.
They invited him to be a part of the family and he learned his higher purpose and calling in life was to protect his family. I'm not sure he could have imagined being a doctor and then becoming a full member of the gorilla family.
I hope that in all the taking I have done in this world, I am able to put down my equipment and see things how they really are, ignoring what we were taught and accepting that we all have a place in this beautifully, battered world.
I still love my camera though because it means I can share something with those of you who are not able to experience it.
No equipment can ever really capture their essence. It may capture a moment in time but it doesn't encapsulate how strong of a tribe their family is.
I hope we can all learn how to be a tight tribe like that.
"If you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." ~Dalai Lama