I recently posted a Buckminster Fuller quote on my Facebook that drew an interesting response. Readers of this blog know that I’m a fan of Bucky Fuller’s work, as he was a powerful visionary with a scientific and analytical approach to problem solving. The quote:
“It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a matter of converting the high technology from weaponry to lovingly.”
The response was this: “The Liberal dream ignores human nature or rage, greed, aggression and self preservation. Humans will always seek an advantage.”
I just had to respond, particularly to the first phrase. Here’s what I wrote:
I think you’re mistaken, it’s not a liberal dream. And nothing in what Bucky said in this quote ignores human nature. It proposes a different kind of future, that is all. I’d rather imagine a different kind of future, because otherwise the world would weigh me down and I want to feel alive during all the days of my life. To my knowledge, my friends all want a better world (including you). They do what they can, and they want to do their part. Many of them want to see what’s possible. Not because of some political leaning. Because they’re human.
It’s a very human dream, and it’s been around a lot longer than our stupid politics. Parents dream it for their children, and Grandparents for their Grandchildren. Innovators dream it for their legacy. The good in this world didn’t happen to happen. People made it happen, because they envisioned a better world. Ever said the words “peace on earth” at Christmas time and NOT think of it politically? Maybe back in the day? I remember it as being common. Because that yearning is inside most of us (I’m not saying inside all, as I don’t know about those with criminal tendencies, those who are toxic narcissists, psychopaths and sociopaths)
But what’s different about this time in history is that (and Bucky was able to show this, Bucky Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome and ‘grandfather of the future’ back in the 50s)what he’s saying is it is now true, and if you look into it, I believe you’ll find it’s demonstrably true, that a better future is possible. Not probable. Possible. Right now. He’s paraphrasing what the Bible says, surprised you didn’t catch that. “They will beat swords into plowshares, and make war no more.”
If humanity ever faces it’s future instead of backing into it, I choose to believe there is nothing we can’t accomplish, no problem we can’t solve, and no possibility we can’t move towards achieving. Like Bucky used to say, there is no energy shortage. There’s a shortage of will.
I continue working towards a better world, most of the time in spite of all appearances, because I just can’t build my life on fear and distrust, and being dead certain about anything. I build on friendship, focus, commitment, values and vision. More fun that way IMHO.
Liberals AND Conservatives AND independents AND religious people AND selfish people alike would have to choose to use their higher mental function over their primordial programming to bring about a better future with intentionality…maybe it’s unlikely, there’s certainly no guarantee, but that’s the postulate in the quote, and I hope you can see it now.
So, dear reader, what do you think? Your reasonable comments are welcome!