“Buckminster Fuller didn’t want to be a hero. But in 1927, at age 32, he found himself at a crossroads. Contemplating suicide after the death of his daughter, instead he committed “egocide,” deciding to make his life an experiment to test the possibilities for living in a way as beneficial to humanity as possible.
This kind of idealism may sound sentimental, or hopelessly naïve, but increasingly, trends in art, architecture, and design have begun to elaborate on ideas he first developed. Whether he wished it or not, this may be the moment to declare Buckminster Fuller a contemporary hero.
“I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am, I know 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.” Buckminster Fuller
The above comes from Wikepedia. I feel relatively sure that there is a way to look up the source, the author of these captivating words. Surely it should be easier. A person surely deserves that little credit of some recognition for ‘whatever’ they do, good or bad. (This in itself is a whole other topic within a topic, as are most elements of life and pretty soon simply attempting to tie them together gets quite perplexing).
Why is this so? Reasons of habit, practice and their antonym desuetude may be principal in that struggle. The reason for struggling in the first place to put things in order. Understanding, storage and recall in our ‘computer like?’ minds? When we have understanding of something we are empowered. When we are practiced at a skill we are confident. When we are confident are we more likely to succeed? More likely to do something well?
Buckminster Fuller uses the Oxford English dictionary as a concrete example of mankind (well the British element of it 😉 introducing, inventing, regulating, ‘organising’ it’s primary method of communication. Is this an example of our need for rules? Is it an example of how we can work together for a common cause? Why is it that some have a better knowledge of the rules of communication than others, if we share this so well? How far is our reach in sharing before our neighbours and most frequent interactions no longer reach the next person in a Chinese whispers style? There the postcode lottery begins? The frontier between ‘we know and you don’t’ the realisation and exploitation of power in knowledge and possession? In 1974 our world was less materialistic? (For me as a seven year old at any rate). He states that our primary game on this planet is problem solving. He further postulates that human beings are capable, indeed have the ability to sense the various powers of the universe and only in doing so are we able to use, support, be supported by, as he terms, an eternally regenerating universe.
If but that we could all exist with a similar principle? Maybe less confusion? Less humility? In an interview in 1974! – Yes, 38 years ago – I use the exclamation mark and put the numbers as figures hoping that these will indeed stand out. I was seven years old. I am forty five and I have only recently ‘heard’ of this man. He states that we all come into this world naked and ignorant.
From there on our significant others, mothers, fathers, immediate family and gradually an increasing number of society are our influence and education. ‘Trial and error’ as Buckminster Fuller puts it is of course very influenced by guidance and rules. Once again, he states that our primary game on this planet is problem solving.
Why are we as we are? As individuals with many differences yet as human beings, cultures, societies and society as a whole, the human race: we are so much more alike than different. True and scary at the same time. Where will our education and learning lead us? We appear to be becoming a species more in touch with its’ spiritual sense of being, will we tune into our universe? Will we continue to deny those feelings that it’s very nature is stressed to the point that it cracks and it’s very forces recoil as opposing energies do; returning a balance and removing all in between?