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Show 1284: The Book of Hope–A Survival Guide for Trying Times

Noted naturalist Jane Goodall offers her reasons for hope and maintains that it differs from optimism. Her co-author Doug Abrams explains.
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Douglas Abrams, co-author of The Book of Hope. Photo copyright Dina Scoppettone
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Jane Goodall is an eminent naturalist who spent years studying chimpanzees in their natural habitat. It was she who first reported that we humans are not the only primates to make and use tools. She transformed our understanding of these animals. Now she is an elder stateswoman speaking out for action to help reverse climate change. Over the last few years, she and author Doug Abrams had in-depth conversations about her reasons for hope that we can act in time.

The Book of Hope:

Jane Goodall warns that we should not confuse hope with wishful thinking. Turning to fantasy won’t help, nor will wallowing in fear. But with hope, we can identify realistic goals and a possible pathway to reach them. We also need confidence and social support. According to Jane Goodall, hope is a survival trait. It is also a social gift.

Four Reasons for Hope:

The Book of Hope explores in depth the four reasons that Jane Goodall holds up for hope that we can make change in time. They include the amazing human intellect that could be deployed in the service of positive change. She also sees the resilience of nature, the power of young people and the indomitable human spirit as factors that can help us. When we combine the powers of head and heart, we end up with wisdom.

Eco-grief is essential to allow us to process our pain and motivate action. When we rise to our human potential, we can look to a future that is better than the present. What we are learning now is crucial to allow us to face our challenges with grit and courage. Both the book and the conversation are uplifting.

This Week’s Guest:

Douglas Abrams is co-author of the New York Times bestseller, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, with the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. His latest book, co-authored with Jane Goodall, is The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times. Douglas is also the founder and president of Idea Architects, a literary agency and media development company helping visionaries to create a wiser, healthier, and more just world. The photo of Mr. Abrams is by Dina Scoppettone.

Listen to the Podcast:

The podcast of this program will be available Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, after broadcast on Dec. 18. You can stream the show from this site and download the podcast for free.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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