A Samples Mashup Using Some Words from Buckminster Fuller
David Armistead, 2011
[This is a mashup of Bucky samples edited to present his idea that we are now entering ‘humanity’s final exam.’ The text is drawn mainly from his early 1980s writings. I offer this as a whole greater than the sum of its parts, a synergetic Bucky symphony. - David]
We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims. But we are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully for much longer unless we see it as a whole and our fate as common. Humanity is moving ever deeper into a crisis without precedent brought about by evolution intent upon transforming humanity into an integrated harmonious whole, living sustainably at a higher standard of living than has ever been experienced.
Ninety-nine percent of humanity does not know that we have the option to make it on this planet. We do. We have the know-how to feed, clothe, and give every human on Earth a chance. We have the option for all humanity to make it successfully on this planet in this lifetime. An alternative to extinction does exist – by veering big business away from weaponry onto the accommodation of all humanity, a vastly larger and far more profitable enterprise for all.
Never before have the inequities and momentums of unthinking money-power been more glaringly evident. The great nations are simply the operating fronts of behind-the-scenes, vastly ambitious individuals who have become powerful because of their ability to remain invisible while operating behind the national scenery. To expose the 4.2 trillion dollar (c.1980) rip-off of the people by the largest corporations over the last hundred years will be a tall order of business.
But integrity is the essence of everything successful. Whether humanity is to continue and prosper on Spaceship Earth depends entirely on the integrity of the human individuals and not on the political and economic systems. If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through.
There’s a soon-to-occur critical moment when the responsibly inspired majority of humanity, faced with the complete discontinuity of the nationally contained techno-economic system, will accomplish a world-around reorientation of our planetary affairs. At this critical moment the majority will realize that to sustainingly support all humanity, we must employ all the resources all the time as a completely integrated system operating on its daily income of solar energy. This is already underway. Can it be accomplished before fear and ignorance preclude success?
Fortunately, things emerge in emergencies. So, don’t fight forces, use them. The social revolution can now realize full economic success for all, without toppling the economically successful minority, by instead elevating all humanity to a sustainable higher level of existing and interacting than any humans have heretofore experienced or dreamed.
This is humanity’s final exam, to be administered once, and it is pass/fail. Whether it is to be utopia or oblivion will be a touch-and-go race right up to the final moment, and each of us could make the difference. Only integrity is going to count. This has nothing to do with politics, nothing to do with economic systems. It has to do with the individual. Does the individual have the courage to really go along with the truth?