What Makes Us Uniquely Human? – Erwin McManus at TEDxSanDiego 2015

Erwin McManus sets out to answer that question in his engaging and contemplative talk on the power of human imagination. To be human, he says, is to have the innate power to materialize the invisible. That is, we possess a gift that allows us to create a future that does not yet exist.

Our unique abilities to imagine and create separate humans from all other species on Earth. Our imagination can haunt us, however, as we wonder if we’re living out the full potential of who we are as a human being. It can challenge us to strive for something greater – to be something greater. And most importantly, this gift to envision a brighter future can inspire us to innovate, drive us to achieve, and move us to do things we never thought possible.

Erwin urges us to awaken the creative genius within each of us. His on-stage presence is not only full of humor and candor, but he touches on points that are so crucial to our potential as humans. He asserts, “We are all works of art and artists at work.” And thus, it is not a question of “will we create?” but rather, “what will we create?”

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