Our cultivation of fire is what allowed us to grow into the humans we know ourselves as today. The advent of fire lit the symbolic fires of creativity and self-awareness within us that drive our evolution and growth to this day.
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!” – is meant to examine humanity’s shameful, limiting stories about itself and inspire possibility and action for a brighter tomorrow. Each week, Peter will post short excerpts from the book right here.
Underneath the question of when humanity began is a deeper, much more fundamental question: What does it mean to be human?
If what’s “good enough” to satisfy us is the utter and complete solution of all our problems, then we have committed ourselves to be forever dissatisfied.
I first put pen to paper in the weeks and months directly following the news that I would be a father and I’ve completed the bulk of it in the many months following the birth of my son Owen.
If you were an alien observing humanity for the first time, would you deem this species an abysmal failure or a promising, remarkable work in progress?
Coming from the Latin genui meaning to “to bring into being,” genius is when we consciously and intentionally birth something entirely new into being.
There is more possibility to do bad now than ever. There is also more ability to do good now than ever. Which will we choose? How will our generation be remembered?