Life can be so counter-intuitive, and its workings can really escape and elude our logical minds.
Passion and enthusiasm can still make up for what we may lack in experience, skill or information. So many people think filling their minds with more and more and more information is the answer.
But a mind filled with man-made concepts and systems and theories can be a deterrent, a real block to our passions and to our ability to simply watch and observe.
Here is Jane Goodall talking about the moment the anthropologist Louis Leakey asked her to study chimpanzees. She was a young Englishwoman, following her passion to live in Africa and be around animals, and at the time with "no training, no degree, no experience."
"I had not imagined that I could be chosen for such a study. But of course, I desperately wanted to try. One day I told Louis so."
"I've been waiting for you to tell me that," Louis said.
"Louis told me that it didn't matter about my lack of experience or my lack of a degree. He wanted to send someone who had a mind 'uncluttered by theories...'"
From "My Life With the Chimpanzees" by Jane Goodall