Originally published in Genii Magazine

The famous historian Arnold Toynbee, writing earlier in this century, saw the great sweep of world history as a series of challenges and responses. How our ancestors responded to the various challenges put before them, in other words, in large measure has determined the course of our history. While Toynbee did not convince many historians that all of history could be understood in this way, challenge and response does seem to be one of the major paths for our own individual growth. As we know from our own experiences, sometimes the best stimulus for own our growth is a good challenge -- a challenge to which we respond in new and creative ways. Saying this, let me know offer you two rather interesting challenges.

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