Humanity is Beautiful

Kindling Founder & Director Peter Schulte is writing a book about humanity’s emergent genius from the first fire to today’s good news. The book – entitled “Humanity is Beautiful” – examines humanity’s limiting stories about itself; unearths a new, more helpful story; and inspires possibility and action for a brighter tomorrow. Here Kindling patrons can read early excerpts and drafts.

Model of human brain

Inventions of the mind

Humanity’s greatest inventions are not anything that any of us can touch, see, or feel with our senses. Rather, our greatest inventions are all constructs of ours minds, mental technologies that allow us to see and show up in the world in entirely new, revolutionary ways.

Baby gorilla

Instinct

Without instinct, human flourishing would be impossible. Humanity itself would not be possible. We are permanently indebted and connected to our biological forebears – non-human primates, birds, reptiles, amphibians, plants, fungi, bacteria, and countless others – for this wonderful gift of instinct for which we can claim no credit.

Stage, audience, and balcony

Subject-Object

As a society, we often equate intelligence with one’s breadth of knowledge. “Cognitive development” is much closer to what we often call wisdom, a depth of understanding or a higher perspective.

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