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Friday, February 6, 2009

A Futurist Humanitarian

"I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing — a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process – an integral function of the universe."

"Does humanity have a chance to survive lastingly and successfully on planet Earth, and if so, how?


In 1927, a thirty two year old man stood on the edge of the lake in Chicago's Lincoln Park, planning to drop beneath the dark waters and drown. His daughter had died, his company had gone bankrupt, his reputation had been ruined, and he was becoming an alcoholic. Looking into the lake, he asked himself what one small man in his position could possible do. Then an answer came to him: he was now free to take risks, to initiate action on his own, and, by doing so, to help other people. He returned home and committed himself to the work that he believed the universe wanted him to do, instead of what he had been taught to do. He watched the laws of the natural world and altered his own living patterns accordingly, eventually changing his life completely. Those laws were to inspire and support him in his greatest achievements. But with out his believing and taking a chance, his contributions to humanity would never have been made, and no one would have come to respect the name of Buckminster Fuller



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckminster_Fuller

2 comments:

one billion daleks said...

I wasn't familiar with Buckmaster Fuller.

His name looks like a bandname, or some kind of powertool perhaps!

And I see the wiki article mentions that he devoted his life to answering one question - now that's something I can relate to!

And your observation that "he watched the laws of the natural world and altered his own living patterns accordingly, eventually changing his life completely" is spot on, that's pretty much a consequence of diligently choosing to pursue the answer to one particular question!

I guess the equivalent dalek statement would be "A dalek is a resolute and uncompromising Seeker after Truth, more committed to navigating it's path, than troubled about where the path might eventually lead."

So, Good One! - an interesting post there. :)

PS: just worked out what your <:3=)~~ is!

Alan (my planet is mars) said...

hahaha

i fucking love you guys!