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Our Essays are long form pieces exploring Kindling founder Peter Schulte’s experience and reflections.

Humanity is beautiful

The missing ingredient to radical social change.
clouds with sun behind them

How you can be an atheist and still believe in God

Americans don’t think much of atheists. According to a 2015 Gallup poll, 74% of Americans would vote for a qualified gay or lesbian for president. Only 58% would vote for an atheist. Forty percent would refuse to vote for an atheist.
Cupcakes

Can we trust our neighbors?

In truth, there is about half as much crime in the United States as there was 25 years ago. Both violent and property crimes have dropped dramatically. We are safer than we were 30 years ago.
Incan terraces

Ayahuasca #1: Living without expectations

It was back in college when I first heard about ayahuasca from a housemate of mine. She told me about a psychedelic medicine from the Amazon capable of incredible personal transformation and healing. People taking the medicine often reported recovery from deep depression, addiction, and anxiety. They reported incredible experiences of traveling...

Ayahuasca #2: Tiger

Power. It was intoxicating and somehow deeply familiar, as if it had been waiting dormant inside of me.
San Sebastian Bay

An explosion in San Sebastian

Ever since, in moments of anxiety, stress, or intense negativity - if I can find a moment of presence - I go back to San Sebastian.
man in a tunnel, personal responsibility

The many dimensions of personal responsibility

“Personal responsibility” forms the backbone of polarization in our country today. We all agree we need it. But we can’t actually agree on what it means.
sprout coming up out of white sand

Digging for gold at the Right Livelihood Quest

Beyond the job titles, beyond the outfit - what has your life been preparing you perfectly for? That's the core question of the Right Livelihood Quest.
Profit and purpose diagram

Why non-profits are part of the problem

How can we expect to drive real change when we are constantly underfunded and in the pockets of corporate donors?

Hi. My name is Peter, and I’m a racist.

If you’re a white American, like me, the absolute worst thing someone can call you is racist. That is a problem.