George Leonard, icon of the Human Potential movement,
award-winning journalist, author, and Aikido master, posits that
the purpose of life is to consciously engage in our own
evolution until we express spiritual awakening in every action.
Of course, evolving ourselves isn't always that easy. Human
beings, Leonard is quick to point out, are typically moved to
change only in response to extreme stress or crises, and even
then the tendency to slip back into resistance or inertia
remains an ever-present foe.
In this conversation with WIE founder Andrew Cohen
and journalist Craig Hamilton, Leonard ventures far beyond any
Darwinian concept of evolution, defining a model for our future
development that includes higher consciousness, thoughts, and
most important of all: intentionality. It is this unique human
ability to act of free will that Leonard believes is ultimately
"the most powerful force in the world" and the source of humanity's future.