Renaissance thinkers were the first to believe in the actual "genius" of humanity - people could be brilliant. The goal of many people of the Renaissance was to be as well rounded and talented in as many areas as possible.
Renaissance humanism was a new way of thinking that emeged that essentially began to promote more secular ideas, such as genius, as opposed to religious ideas. Humanists wanted to work for reform to make people's lives on earth better, but not necessarily their life after death. People became more focused on secular things like money, art, and food as opposed to religious things, which they had focused on in the Middle Ages.
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adopted the practice of proskynesis, a persian court custom that involved bowing down and kissing the hand of others, depending on their rank.