Buckminster Fuller Video

(the interview begins about 2:10)

From wikipedia:

In 1927 at the age of 32, bankrupt and jobless, living in inferior housing in Chicago, Illinois, he saw his beloved young daughter Alexandra die of the complications of polio and spinal meningitis. He felt responsible, and this drove him to drink and to the verge of suicide. At the last moment he decided instead to embark on “an experiment, to find what a single individual can contribute to changing the world and benefiting all humanity.”

Wow. Now that’s a goal for life.

It’s interesting to note that Buckminster with the exception of the geodesic dome, most of his inventions never were successful. above his inventions though, it’s his approach to life that impresses me the most. In reversing the old “scarcity” model in which humans have to fight over their allotment in life, he calculated that the earth had more than enough resources to support all of humanity.With plenty resources to live off, optimising our use and doing more with less, could give us all a comfortable existence. Instead of fighting wars, and going through such conflict and strife we should quite logically develop new tools to take advantage of the abundance that is all around us.

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