R. Buckminster Fuller (1895 – 1963) was a famend 20th century American engineer, inventor, architect, and visionary well-known for creating the geodesic dome as revolutionary shelter. He labored tirelessly to cease conflict — “both man is out of date or conflict is” — and to beat individuals’s poverty and starvation by clever use of sources.
“Bucky” Fuller noticed that “there isn’t a disaster of power, solely a disaster of ignorance.” His 28 patents, greater than 30 books, and most of the phrases he coined or popularized — resembling “Spaceship Earth” and “synergetic” — mirror his dedication to cooperative effort on behalf of all individuals to create a extra sustainable planet.
Fuller mentioned that when he labored on an issue, he by no means thought of magnificence: “I solely take into consideration how you can clear up the issue. However when I’ve completed, if the answer shouldn’t be stunning, I do know it’s mistaken.” To be taught concerning the work and choices of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, please go to this web site.
To Identify This Day:
Spend a while on Fuller’s birthday reflecting upon his phrases and the way they relate to your individual experiences.
“I’m satisfied all of humanity is born with extra items than we all know. Most are born geniuses and simply get de-geniused quickly.”
— Quoted in Folks journal, in Thomas T. Ok. Zung, “Buckminster Fuller: Anthology for the New Millenium” (2002)
“God, to me, it appears is a verb, not a noun, correct or improper.”
— No Extra Secondhand God
“An issue adequately said is an issue solved theoretically and instantly, and due to this fact subsequently to be solved, realistically.”
— World Design Science Decade 1965-1975 Section I
“The Issues to do are: the issues that want doing, that you see should be accomplished, and that nobody else appears to see should be accomplished. Then you’ll conceive your individual approach of doing that which must be accomplished — that nobody else has advised you to do or how you can do it. It will convey out the actual you that usually will get buried inside a personality that has acquired a superficial array of behaviors induced or imposed by others on the person.”
— 1970 letter to Micheal, a 10-year-old boy who had inquired in a letter as as to if Fuller was a “doer” or a “thinker”
In 1927, when Fuller was 32 years previous, cumulative losses in his life led him to despair. Just a few years earlier than, his younger daughter had died from sicknesses he attributed partly to damp and drafty residing circumstances. Then he misplaced his job as president of an organization that supplied reasonably priced housing. His household had no financial savings and he contemplated suicide in order that they may profit from a life insurance coverage cost.
What saved him from this destiny was an expertise of feeling lifted excessive above the earth, surrounded by a sphere of white mild. A voice got here to him, saying:
“You would not have the correct to remove your self. You don’t belong to you. You belong to Universe. Your significance will stay endlessly obscure to you, however it’s possible you’ll assume that you’re fulfilling your position if you happen to apply your self to changing your experiences to the best benefit of others.”
Take a couple of minutes to quiet your respiration and picture your self surrounded by white mild. Then hear the phrases above resonating in your coronary heart. Let your self reply to the sensation that these phrases evoke in you, resembling being valued, revered, or wanted. Then let your actions right this moment stream from that feeling.