Opinion read: Why don’t we begin with a premise: that life is an evolutionary journey, and humankind is on an evolutionary path. Yet let us not get into a Darwinian frame of mind; instead, we can try to be open to some alternative thinking on this issue. Further, let us say that this journey toward more evolved forms of intellect, understanding and creativity requires capacities that lie latent within our very selves. Like many others before me, I will label this form of evolution as “conscious evolution.” And to accept conscious evolution suggests we also accept that individually and collectively we have a responsibility toward our future. I put forward here that this involves purposeful thinking and action — to use our creative capacities to guide our lives and the communities in which we live.