I’m pleading with you: over the next several months, fight for who you want; not who you imagine enough other people want.
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Can you think of times when the most kind act was not nice?
Beyond passing common sense gun control laws, in my mind the best thing we can do is to see this as a masculinity issue – both to confront toxic masculinity but also examine all the ways our society fails our boys and men.
Have I communicated clearly enough how much I want to collaborate with you on this?
What if we put a name to all these various change agents roles and archetypes?
Perhaps we do not leave enough space to be grateful for what’s possible now that wasn’t before.
How could Kindling not only show the inspiring change happening all around us, but more directly catalyze change itself?
What would it mean for us to become more free? How can we better embody this value? What does it mean to be “free” in the 21st Century?
There’s an opportunity to simply be grateful that those of us who are interested have a long, robust conversation about our next president. Why not take it?
I am excited to announce a new internship/volunteer opportunity to help build Kindling’s Timeline of Human Genius.
I am shocked at the amount of bigoted, demeaning thoughts that pop up in my brain without invitation.
In its broadest, truest meaning philanthropy is simply the love (phil-) of humankind (-anthro). It’s the opposite of misanthropy.
We instinctively find endings disappointing. To what extent is it because it’s always emotionally safer to criticize than to praise and adore?
What do you do to maintain urgency, without giving into despair?
Humans are inextricably united with all other beings here on Earth. We are all natural. We are all nature.
It is unquestionable that the systems of power we live by now are unjust, corrupt, and must be changed. But the solution is to not get rid of power, to condemn anyone who has it.
What a relief to not have to pretend that I’m control anymore. What a relief to simply be who I am, in my beauty, in my joy, in my ugliness, in my stupidity, in my awkwardness.
When we identify ourselves, we so often focus almost exclusively on the most stable, unchanging aspects of ourselves. In any given moment, are these stable, often lifelong traits, what really define us?
We aren’t only human. Being flawed is not what defines us. What defines us is our ability to reflect on and refine ourselves.
To me, kind-ness, at its deepest level, is an orientation toward others where you treat them as if they were your kind.
Judgment and comparison are poison. Literally, poison.
If gratitude for our own circumstances is the source from which joy and transformation sprout for us as individuals, then perhaps gratitude for the state of our society is the source from which transformation for us as a species emerges.
I always cringe a bit when anyone starts a sentence with “The truth is…”. As soon as I hear this, I can be almost certain I am about to hear the speaker’s own opinions or limited personal perspectives, passed off as some grand truth about the universe.
When I acknowledge that I am offended, I center my own pain. I acknowledge the fact that no healing will ever come unless I heal myself first. If I am offended, I have work to do.
In the past, too often I’ve either repressed my anger or projected it on to other people, blaming them and making them responsible for whatever I might be feeling.