Our fuel to drive change

Many of us today carry a story of outrage, despair, decline, and disgust. Ultimately, we carry this story because we believe it helps. We believe it is a necessary reaction to our times.

Jason Mamoa and David Attenborough call humanity a disease not to wallow in stagnation and blame but to spur positive change. We use “nowadays” language to remind ourselves of what we’ve lost, so that we might take steps to regain it. We share stories that make us outraged on our social media feeds because we want to raise awareness and galvanize action. We believe we are sinful, because we think acknowledging so can help us atone for our misdeeds.

We believe outrage will wake people up to the injustices in the world so that we might address them.  We believe despair will help us salvage what we’ve lost. We believe disgust will force people to reckon with and reconsider the behavior we find contemptible.

Our story of outrage and despair at its core is the belief that we can only ever overcome our deep challenges by truly acknowledging and atoning for our deeply unwise, destructive, pathetic nature. Our story is that outrage, despair, and disgust are our fuel to drive change, what inspires and necessitates action. 

Peter Schulte

Peter Schulte is the founder and editor of Kindling. Peter is also Senior Digital Engagement Associate for the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, connecting businesses to sustainable water practices. Peter holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University. He lives in Bellingham, WA, USA with his wife, son, and cat.

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