The data in the report actually show that, like nearly every year in the recent memory, humanity as a whole has advanced substantially with regard to social progress. The global score in 2015 it was 61.00, in 2016 it was 62.88, in 2017 it was 64.85.
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Polarization does not necessitate that we get ugly and demeaning to one another. It simply means that we are aware of a growing divide in our core values. This can be done with grace, kindness, and sensitivity.
Change is an ecosystem of roles, energies, strategies, and tactics. None of us is able to do it all. All anyone of us can do is play a role.
What I perceived as messiness and chaos were just the act of experiencing life in all its complexity, depth, and glory.
There have always been two types of people: 1) change agents who want to drive progress and 2) preservers who want to keep our many great accomplishments intact.
The world that should be will never exist. But the world that could be is coming into focus right now.
If you really listen, this belief is EVERYWHERE. And, in my mind, is perhaps the most destructive and demonstrably untrue belief we carry with us.
Kindling, at it’s core, is my blog. And I f*cking hate that.
After almost six weeks off travelling throughout Southeast Asia and then moving with my wife from Seattle to Bellingham, I’m back and ready to go.
“Negative” feelings are not only necessary and inevitable, but often the source of staggering beauty, and thus essential to the cause of hope.
We have good reasons to be filled with despair and to believe our society is now decaying and on the brink of a major downturn. But we can also choose to view it as a setback in a broader trajectory of progress.
I think we can and should evolve our expectations for holiday presents. Again, our current customs are completely unnecessary and even destructive. We can do better.
White supremacy is the system that teaches us that “white is right” and frames our mind to celebrate whiteness.
What has most helped me start putting pen to paper today is realizing that the world is actually exactly the same as it was a month ago. What has changed is my understanding of our reality.
If we choose, we can take meaningful action to bring about our next systems right now.
What does it say that I am willing to vote for the woman with no chance of winning, but not for the woman who can and will be our president?
We tell ourselves we are unworthy sinners. We tell ourselves that we are small and powerless. But we humans are geniuses.
Our society’s current systems are failing us. They no longer serve the common good to the extent they can and should.
We are outraged at racism and sexism. But can we reframe the story to reveal possibility when before we saw hopelessness and despair?
Growing support for Trump’s ideas is not that they are becoming more popular. It is because those who hold them most dearly now feel more threatened – and therefore are getting louder – than ever.
I thought to myself, “Has this been here the whole time?”
If Trump is really serious about eliminating terrorist attacks, why not propose banning men?
If we offer something that is truly of value and conduct business with integrity and in alignment with values you share, will you pay more than you have to?
Is it possible that by spitting hate and vitriol at rapist Brock Turner we simply reinforce the thought processes that got us here in the first place?