In Search of Humanity: Time to Do More?

–The Choice is Yours

More Diversity Let’s recognize and appreciate that diversity is a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts, which include race, ethnic origin, and color, religion and creed, sexual orientation, age, and ability, to name but a few. As ever-evolving creatures in an ever-changing world, the innumerable aspects of our humanity – all our ways of being, knowing, and moving through the world – are contained in this one concept.
More Emotional Intelligence We must be deeply and sincerely emotionally intelligent, starting with an ongoing commitment to developing self-knowledge. Have the bravery and strength to take a good, hard look at yourself and understand more about the roots of your core thoughts, mindsets, values, and behaviors. And examine in a much more intimate way than ever before just how your past has shaped you. When you commit to growing in your self-knowledge, with eyes wide open, your entire approach to your life and relationships will transform.
More Empathy Let’s develop the ability for humans to understand, share, and acknowledge how others are feeling and understand how our words and actions impact others and let’s open the door wide and build more togetherness. Let’s design a class for empathy that’s taught in every classroom, every academy, every corporate and government training agenda.
More Faith It’s easy to lose hope in this upside-down world full of poverty, war, and pain. Love, under these conditions, can seem pointless—even weak. But it’s just the opposite. The strongest, most inspiring people in history are the ones who chose to love regardless of their circumstances. What gives some people the ability to love where others fail? Faith. Faith is the decision to love, no matter the circumstances. And the more you choose love, the greater your faith will grow.
More Forgiveness It is not hard to imagine how it would be of enormous benefit to humanity to cultivate forgiveness as it is an antidote to our predisposition toward revenge and avoidance. Forgiveness is good for our health, our relationships, our souls, and peace in the world and that’s reason enough to convince virtually anyone to do the work of letting go.
More Gratitude Cultivating gratitude matters. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts, and benefits we’ve received. When we look at life as a whole, gratitude encourages us to identify some amount of goodness in our life. We recognize the sources of this goodness as being outside of ourselves. We can appreciate positive traits in ourselves, but I true gratitude involves a humble dependence on others: We acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers, if you’re of a spiritual mindset—gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.
More Hope  Living a hopeful life is to recognize that everything and everyone matters. That includes you since you are part of the hopefulness in the world. Taking care of yourself matters. The quality of the work you do matters. It matters how you are treated and how you treat others. Each one of us is a small mirror of talents, love, and joy that we have to offer each other to create our world. So hope is energy – your positive energy, your talents, value, and your soul. It is the lifeblood of the human race.
More Humility Imagine if we all put the needs of others first, talked about ourselves and our needs less. A keen sense of humility is vital to great because it authenticates a person’s humanity. We are all human, and therefore, all flawed and vulnerable in our own unique ways. Great leaders have a depth of understanding, garnered from their experience, as to where their inherent strengths and weakness lie. This type of self-awareness is paramount to the development of humility. Being self-revealing is what brings people into connection. It is what makes people feel safe and accepted, and it is the part of each person that is open to guidance, coaching, and self-improvement.
More Kindness Being kind is often dismissed as a weakness. Of course, it is; we live in a competitive environment that emphasizes winning at any cost. Kind people prefer to risk being open rather than turning inward and focusing solely on their own concerns. This is a new kind of bravery —an everyday heroism to counter the general culture of cynicism.
More Listening The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them. Active listening involves more than just hearing someone speak. When you practice active listening, you are fully concentrating on what is being said. You listen with all of your senses and give your full attention to the person speaking. When you practice active listening, you make the other person feel heard and valued. In this way, active listening is the foundation for any successful conversation.


Dennis Pitocco
Dennis Pitocco
DENNIS is the Founder & Chief ReImaginator of 360° Nation, encompassing a wide range of multimedia enterprises, including BizCatalyst 360° —the award-winning global media digest; 360° Nation Studios —dedicated to reaching across the world in an effort to capture, produce, and deliver positive, uplifting messages via blockbuster global events, and; GoodWorks 360° —a pro-bono consulting foundation focused entirely on providing mission-critical advisory services to nonprofits worldwide. Collaborating with his Chief Inspiration Officer (and wife), Ali, everything they do is "for-good" vs. "for-profit". Their mission over the past decade-plus has been to rediscover humanity at its best, influencing and showcasing it every step of the way. Together, they do their very best to figure out what the world is trying to be —then using all their resources to help it to be better every day in every way. They understand and embrace the notion that it’s not about me or you; it’s about caring for the people we serve and more responsibly stewarding the precious resources in our care. And they believe it’s about showing up, being present, and intentionally giving our invaluable gifts of time, talent, and treasure "for good". Dennis is a contributing author to the Best-Selling Books ♦ Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational ChangeJourney Well, You Are More Than EnoughThe Four-Fold Formula For All Things Wellness: True Stories of the Heart, Spirit, Mind, and Body.

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  1. Dennis I love this. At one time I thought writing was about imagination but now I would suggest that we should drive the backroads, walk down a forest path and find that abandoned farm. For the story to be authentic you should touch the weathered door, sit quietly in the old rocking chair and listen. Those that are abandoned will be like whispers, telling us to write their stories. Perhaps true writing comes when we experience these things not depending on imagination.

  2. Great article Dennis. If we would all do a little more and be more sensitive to others needs we would all be living in a better world. We need positive leaders. If you tend to your garden it will grow and flourish. We are all deserving of dignity and respect. Being compassionate and real is the way to go. Thanks for all this wonderful information. Bringing it to awareness is key.

  3. Spot on, Dennis (and et al.)
    There is no boundary to our individual impact at every moment that is not self-imposed. In the world of Substance Use Disorder (old term = addiction), is a diagram entitled “The triangle of self-obsession”.
    Resentment is the first ‘corner’ and focuses on the past; anger the second, focused on the present; and fear the third, focused on the future. If we’re rigorously honest with the third, we’re not afraid of what might happen, but of how it will make us feel. If that makes sense (and lots of people smarter than I, like Brené Brown and Glennon Doyle, seem to think so), we have an opportunity to reprogram that fear every day by each interaction we have, every one. Like the blade of grass that splits the concrete, we can break open hearts and spirit.

  4. Dennis this is a great article. It provokes thought. I would like to add that we also need to be able to pray to God to give us the strength to endure all that has happened. I believe that religion no matter who you pray to can help us as well. I know that God holds us in the palms of his hands and although we may have some doubts I know that he is listening to our prayers.

  5. Hi Dennis. This manifesto is worth every minute spent reading. If I may, I would put one more “brick” on our road we craft together. It is More Reasoning.
    For many things to do the right way and make the right decisions, we must think about them rationally. For me, critical thinking is very important in everyone’s life. Particularly in today’s world with too much information about any issue when many people fail in understanding and effectively making decisions about that issue, i.e. to separate facts from fiction and rumour from deliberate efforts to mislead.
    To find the right balance between thinking and feeling is challenging, to say the least.

  6. Dennis ~ A very inspiring post.
    The thought that leapt out to me is that for humanity to be “rediscovered” … HEARTS must be TRANSFORMED.
    “As I began to love myself, I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection “WISDOM-OF-THE-HEART.”~Charlie Chaplin

    Changing the world means changing people
    Changing people means changing human-hearts
    In truth:
    “It’s not about changing the world, although that’s what we seem to rally around. Rather, it’s about changing ourselves for that is the seed from which changing the world sprouts.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

    The “choice IS ours”
    Each day … each moment … we get to choose
    … which way we will go
    … which thoughts we will think
    … which words we will speak
    … the actions we will take
    … the habits we will form
    … the character which will define us
    … the things we will love

  7. Thank you, Dennis, for your ‘profoundly insightful’ message.

    I personally feel what you wrote about being PURPOSEFUL embodies everything else. Living purposefully is effortless living, which brings meaning and joy to everything we do and gives a greater sense of fulfillment upon the completion of each task.

    Leo Rosten, “The purpose of life is not to be happy – but to MATTER, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you lived at all.”

    Shannon L Adler, “Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”

    I also like what R. J. Andersson once said, “ Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live.”

      • Thank you, Dennis. I was just re-reading your most insightful post and sharing some of its contents with a group involved with the Covid-19 crisis.
        Humankind is going through a new and unprecedented experience with the rapidly spreading Covid-19 pandemic and there is no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic will change the face of human society, but it forces us to ask some important questions. The problem does not lie in Covid-19 alone but rather in the fear, panic and terror caused by the spread of this virus, and amplified by the media, which has been presenting the situation as if it were the end of the world. The current crisis is not of the pandemic alone. Rather, it is of the far-reaching consequences on human behavior.
        This is where ALL your insights listed in your article comes into full and direct focus and what each of us can do with the time “entrusted” to us.

        May we each be empowered to do whatever good we can, while we still can.

        Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Live simply so that others may simply live.”

        Living a simple life brings peace of mind and removes some of the distractions of our life’s journey and creates a sense of freedom from the burden of unnecessary possessions.

    • I love your quotes Jonathan. My favorite is Shannon’s which speaks to purpose over lifestyle (which you also provide a good quote for)

      “Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.” ~ Shannon Adler

      • Thank you, Fay. During these difficult times, Shannon Adler has encouraged us to indeed be a “Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”

        This is the least we can be to others, for in helping heal others, we find the balm to heal ourselves.

    • I love your quotes Jonathan. My favorite is Shannon’s which speaks to purpose over lifestyle (which you also provide a good quote for)

      “Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.” ~ Shannon Adler

  8. This is a very inspiring article, Dennis & Team! Humanity 2.0 or 4.0 is what we need – an expanded potential that looks at the supply chain of humanity’s actions. There is always a reaction to action and many people are unaware of how the ripple effect spreads. Your network is a wonderful example of hope.

  9. I agree with all the incredible comments here – this is an amazing manifesto. But humans need a framework and incentives to move in the right direction. This environment is a perfect example. It’s easy to be conscious etc. when surrounded with the kind of people we have here. The bigger problem is how to create this supportive/encouraging/inspiring environment everywhere – how to create the platforms for systematic change where we can measure progress on a daily and even hourly basis. That’s what all this is heading toward … we need to learn more about the system we live in , human nature (our ego) – we need to understand how all these things work and how to hack the system so we can accelerate our development in the right direction.

    • Thank you for your kind words here, Josia, and for your broader wisdom shared. As we’ve discussed, we need more voices beyond the amazing “conscious community” of like-minded people gathered here. Love your notion of “hacking the system” to accelerate development in the right direction. It’s going to take some bold & brave moves to effect change “for good”. And we’re grateful to have you and your extraordinary wisdom of experience by our side each step of the way.

  10. Dennis, I have just spent the last 27 minutes reading your perfectly articulated article whose message is a powerful proverb for our day and every well supported response. I was going to write a lengthy agreement to, “At the same time, we need to ask for more from each person in our lives and in our relationships to make the world spin more smoothly. We need more from everyone who leads and is in a position of influence.” I can’t think of another point to make or words to say that haven’t already been proclaimed by the numerous comments already for the reading and pondering. Let me just say that the most powerful words in this thread are, “more walkin’, less talkin'”. Let’s do that.

  11. I’m not sure where to start here other than this piece is exceptional and provides a solid foundation for sure. These things you talk about, Dennis are so critical and the why’s of so much of what many people do. But there is space in our world and our everyday teachings to learn more and to expand our thinking. It is with this that we can take more gradual steps to embrace humanity more lovingly and compassionately.

    You have provided a runway from which we can take off, and one upon which to land also. Thank you for providing your insight and for causing me to stop, think, and reassess. Some day’s I feel like a wanderer, unsure of where to go or what to do next in these uncertain times. However, this helps. Thank you for being you, Dennis.

    • Grateful for your thoughts here, Laura. This article came to fruition during our 10-day sabbatical (a wonderful opportunity to step back, smell the roses, recharge, and quite frankly, rethink our approach to all that we do). While I began by keeping a journal of our thoughts, it ultimately morphed into this “road map” as such. Perhaps a case of good karma, but it unintentionally intersected with all the “rage & rhetoric” over the George Floyd incident and has created a wonderful groundswell of support for simply stepping up and “doing more” … In other words, less talkin’/more walkin’…

  12. I love this list Dennis.

    I especially like the self respect definition that begins with each of us first. Ourselves. We can’t influence anyone if we don’t show ourselves as worthy of imitating or at least listening to.
    Excellent article.

  13. I wrote as soon as this came out at LinkedIn but I wanted to say a few things here too in short: what a comprehensive list of how we need to show up in this world and how important it is that we take this forced opportunity given to us to better our world. I am anxious to see what good will come out of it with all of our efforts.Yes I expect more from myself. It is no time to complacent. We owe it to our humanity and the next generations too. Thank you for this very inspirational article. It is so needed now.

    • “We owe it” indeed, Brooke – grateful that you are lockstep with us in this journey. Someone wiser than I said not long ago; “A culture of personality cannot be sustained as it’s broken at the point of the soul. So divided by the imposter syndrome, anxiety, addiction, mental, emotional illness, loneliness, suicide, fear of not being enough, poisonous righteousness, the victim mindset, and hoarding, you hope many people finally begin to break free and realize that life is about cultivating core values of courage, honesty, humility, integrity, freedom, compassion, kindness, wholehearted empowerment.” … We need to individually and collectively do MORE. And we need to start doing MORE yesterday…

  14. The opposite of me? Why … ‘We’

    Also … Ruskoff a couple of days ago …

    In the Industrial Age, as mechanical clocks dictated human time and factory machines outpaced human workers, we began to think of ourselves in very mechanical terms. We described ourselves as living in a “clockwork universe,” in which the human body was one of the machines. Our language slowly became invested with mechanical metaphors: We needed to grease the wheels, crank up the business, dig deeper, or turn a company into a well-oiled machine. Even everyday phrases, such as “fueling up” for eating lunch or “he has a screw loose” for thinking illogically, conveyed the acceptance of humans as mechanical devices.

  15. First of all, we should ask to ourselves if, for us, a better world is place where it is not required to think, nor improve our social condition, where the seasons, ages and generations pass slowly and equal, with some naive fun (or obligation) to applaud every time someone sketches a speech. Or the one in which one can nourish ideals, even utopian, aspire to a legitimate coexistence, between equals, jeopardizing our peace and that of our families, aware that the social chaos, if mismanaged, can even lead to a system worse than the last. Personally, I think that, if we are men and women who cannot give up their dignity, the answer is, despite everything, the second.
    After this indispensable premise, I believe all of us (at family, school, workplace) can committ building the conditions for a better world, which I would like to sum up synthetically here:
    Respecting not only oneself but all that we have around.
    Committing to capture and enhance the best part of everything
    Developing its own personalities, pursuing their own ideas but comparing also them with those of others.
    The transmission of knowledge is an indispensable condition of human progress and today’s technologies allow us to acquire and extend it in quantities that we never imagined, as long as we make a proper and moderate use of these tools.
    Have the mind always in the future, to prepare a better one for the new generations
    Facing every situation with humility and without preconceptions. It is right to fight because the will of citizens is respected in the institutional field, but for this purpose it is permissible only use democratic means to ensure that the government bodies are actually representative of the popular will.
    Not letting one be overcome by fatalism and resignation.
    Engage in activities that make it possible for an increasing number of men and women, of any age, race, religion, color, health, can develop their personality in harmony, being realized according to their aspirations and potential.
    Acting on own inner need and not to expect rewards from the outside. This is that will make us deal with confidence any negative reactions from the existing system.
    Do not think of success as an individual matter, but collective. Individual well-being cannot be separated from the collective well-being.

    • Aldo ~ Your rich comments made me ask:
      What is a “better world” …
      What and-or Who is Source & Standard of “better”
      You mention “Utopian ideals” …
      I am always taken back to “The Giver” ~ by Lois Lowry
      … in this man-created “utopia” there was no God
      … the children were schooled in “sameness” (which is the equivalent of political correctness)
      In the Giver their “ideal” of perfection … was based on deception
      Which affirms:
      “Utopian projects usually end disastrously.” ~ Augustine

  16. Dennis, this article goes without saying much more. In these chaotic times of uncertainty change for the good is imperative. I was thinking as I was reading the piece that (as my crazy mind is sometimes), too bad we couldn’t shake this up in a bottle of milk and feed it to the infants as they grow. Can you imagine what this world would be like if every human being carried in its DNA all that is good, kind, and loving the listed ingredients in your post while growing and contributing to society, would do for this world we live in? I can only imagine.

  17. Hi, Dennis.
    Welcome back.
    Spot on, brother. One of the frames that seems to work for this interesting time is: What can we remove to make room for better? If a bucket is already full and you pour more water in, even if it’s really wonderful water, stuff is going to overflow and soak away, and there’s no way to control which disappears. So we can consciously make room by choosing to bail what’s outmoded, cruel, narrow and harmful. Otherwise, we may throw out the baby, right?
    Be good. And well.

  18. Thank you so much, Dennis, for this clear and compelling, meaningful description of what’s possible for humanity, for our lives today and in the future. I especially resonated with compassion, empathy, and emotional intelligence because for years many people have been trained to suppress emotion, but then this sometimes comes out sideways in cruel behavior. Teaching ourselves ways to resolve and safely “discharge” strong emotions -all of them-seeing emotions as separate from behaviors—all emotions welcomed, “You can be angry and bite this washcloth-but you cannot bite your sister.” (Parent redirecting a child) “You can feel angry, but you cannot beat the crap out of your wife.” (a grown up example) When we get up underneath all the unexpressed and unresolved traumas, and hurts in people’s hearts and bodies and provide safe pathways for discharge/expression, we’ll have more opportunities to hold quieter space and compassion for one another. What a challenge to learn, grow or create when our souls or bodies are starving for tenderness and our hearts/bodies/nervous systems are filled with terror/rage/freeze. We will know and fully experience the entire range of human emotion (not just grief, anger, and fear) and discover the connection to the deep well of love that exists inside of every one of us. Can we feel the deep regret for the ways we’ve hurt others, make amends, and choose an entirely different, more productive, useful response in our interactions going forward? May meditation or taking time for quiet and mindfulness become practices that allow our brains to rewire towards self-awareness, emotional regulation, and conscious/thoughtful deeds for the highest good of all. From these place of conscious connection (and many others!), we can continue to grow, learn, and live together.

  19. Thank you for this, Dennis. I was text chatting with life long friends in Minneapolis last night. We ended up focusing on the strength, wisdom and courage of our children in situations like this. Each of us saw in our children something that gives us hope that the future will be better… for all.

  20. Stimulating read Dennis! All very true!
    Our young minds and possibly lips questioned the acts of our births.. how many times does a child say “I didn’t ask to be born”? I recall saying many times to my parents when I questioned things I thought not fair. These crucial moments were responded with various responses, depending on the mindset at the time and perhaps just the timing of such a profound question. Once we start asking this we start to see our link in the human chain. It takes great dedication to see how your link holds and why it matters. Not everyone is aware, not all are tuned in.
    It all starts with your own link in the chain of humanity. There are links that last forever and some that lose their clasp, some shine more than others, some have a crucial role in holding a jewel. No matter where you are on that chain, if you break, it all falls apart…we are here to help, repair and keep that chain together. One link at a time. It can be fixed. When we can see our part in the overall structure, we find a sense of value in our part and in the parts all together. The pride in this dignity from day one needs to be asserted, distributed and cultivated.
    We all are a part. Just my thoughts here. I am truly invigorated with the enthusiasm and need for unification here. Thank you so much for this Dennis!
    Now we must shake the pebbles from our shoes and get to life’s work!

  21. Dennis,

    I cannot agree with you more! Precisely why Trevor and I do the things we do….to be that shining light, to be the example, to be the hand that lifts up. Change is imperative if we are to see the world become united and the foundation sealed with all you have said. I believe it can be done, just will take a lot of perseverance, strength and the masses shifting to this way of being. Also, to teach and educate the difference between being manipulated to follow, and discerning what is true/real in order to make conscious and informed decisions. There is so much that needs to be done….one step at a time.

    Also, I am seeing more people creating opportunities to bring what you have shared into the workplace. Several of which I am becoming involved with. If feels good to be able to lead others and developed a network and web of like minded individuals who truly want this change and are willing to do whatever it takes to help make it happen. Cheers!