Many students and alumni celebrated the change as a bold statement of inclusivity and progress.
In its broadest, truest meaning philanthropy is simply the love (phil-) of humankind (-anthro). It’s the opposite of misanthropy.
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.
Underneath the question of when humanity began is a deeper, much more fundamental question: What does it mean to be human?
Humans are inextricably united with all other beings here on Earth. We are all natural. We are all nature.
If gratitude for our own circumstances is the source from which joy and transformation sprout for us as individuals, then perhaps gratitude for the state of our society is the source from which transformation for us as a species emerges.
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With an increasingly global economy and global effects of climate change, we are bound to one another, now and forever.
The data in the report actually show that, like nearly every year in the recent memory, humanity as a whole has advanced substantially with regard to social progress. The global score in 2015 it was 61.00, in 2016 it was 62.88, in 2017 it was 64.85.
We tell ourselves we are unworthy sinners. We tell ourselves that we are small and powerless. But we humans are geniuses.
We are outraged at racism and sexism. But can we reframe the story to reveal possibility when before we saw hopelessness and despair?