I love this photo. I have had the poster in my office space for many years and have loved it every single time I have looked at it. It always astonishes me when I see the quiet entitlement in the face of the baby giraffe. Look at that face! That is the face of a being who knows he belongs exactly where he is and deserves exactly what he’s getting and knowing that it’s really really good.
It makes me a little jealous. I have seen this look in the human baby from Namibia in 2010 documentary “Babies“. It’s the story of four babies born in different parts of the world – San Francisco, Tokyo, Mongolia and Namibia – and the pictorial of their first year of life. If you haven’t seen it I encourage you to check it out. It made it crystal clear to me why Namibian babies are the most fortunate of humans. There are no helicopter parents shown in Namibia. They take the whole baby thing in stride and let the little critters work out life as they go along.
Yes I see it in some western culture babies, but not all that many. If I have to come back to yet another human life, I’d like it to be as a Namibian.