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Excerpts from "Genius!" (Members Only)

Kindling Director Peter Schulte is writing a book about humanity’s emergent genius from the first fire to today’s good news. The book – entitled “Genius!: A Story of Humanity’s Ever-Evolving Beauty” – examines humanity’s limiting stories about itself; unearths a new, more helpful story; and inspires possibility and action for a brighter tomorrow. Here you can read early excerpts and drafts.

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We, in the blink of an eye in historical time, have to cope with unprecedented, unrelenting bad news and challenges to our beliefs, worldviews, and identities.

The Garden of Eden

Today’s modern story of self-loathing is nothing new. In fact, it is one of humanity’s oldest stories.

A disease

We are disgusted by ourselves and our species. We tell ourselves that we are in decline and fundamentally to blame for it.

Just human nature

In the famous words of Rust Cohle from the first season of True Detective, “Time is a flat circle.”


Our story is not just one of outrage, it is one of decline. We believe we have lost something essential. We believe we are lost.

Our story of outrage and despair

Our collective story of outrage and despair at its core is a reflection of our fear that our very existence and ways of life are endangered, if not already lost.

The world is on fire

We should feel ashamed of what we’ve done and who we are. We are an abomination.


Think of this as a self-help book, not for you or any other one person, but for humanity itself.

Table of Contents


Part 1 | Humanity's Outrage

  • The world is on fire
  • Our story of outrage and despair
  • "Nowadays"
  • Part 2 | Humanity's Genius

    Part 3 | Humanity's Shame

    Part 3 | Humanity's Beauty