"Anyone who thinks that humans on Earth are running Universe ... is obviously ignorant." Bucky Fuller
"Anyone who thinks that humans on this Earth are running Universe or that Universe was created only to amuse or displease or bore humans is obviously ignorant." - Buckminster Fuller
The Buckminster Fuller’s Disciplines - Why he quit smoking and drinking cold turkey in 1942 and kept his commitment for 41 years.
Although people rarely consider Buckminster Fuller’s disciplines or “image,” he was a master at presenting a specific, purposeful persona to the public. Because he did not come into prominence until his Geodesic Dome became popular in 1954 when he was already 59, most people remember him as the kindly, grandfather-like architect, inventor and futurist. Some recall that he was labeled “the Leonardo da Vinvi of the 20th Century” or the “Grandfather of the Future” in a popular John Denver song “What One Man Can Do.”
Bucky’s image was also that of a rebel who challenged the status quo. Still, he tempered continually championing the success of all humankind with a need to be viewed as a “normal, average man.” To do this, in the 1940’s he made a conscious choice to never allow his personal appearance or behavior to stand in the way of his message that we can create “a world that works for everyone.” In order to manifest that decision, he looked for the most innocuous personality type he could find and settled on the nearly invisible bank clerk. At that time, a bank clerk was a man in a dark suit, white shirt and tie who worked behind a caged window.
Once he made the choice of a persona, Fuller immediately changed from wearing khakis (the jeans of the day) and a t-shirt to dressing in a much less comfortable, dark three-piece suit, white shirt and plain dark tie - a look that he continued to employ publicly until his death in 1983. At some point, he did, however, add the chain of his Phi Beta Kappa key emerging from his vest pocket - which was no small accomplishment for a man who was thrown out of Harvard twice and never completed any formal education past high school.
Also, in 1942 at the age of 47 when the US was getting into World War II, Fuller dramatically changed his behavior and image by doing something to which many of us can relate. With no support or tapering off, he quit two of the most common practices of that era - smoking and drinking. As he later stated in a Time Magazine cover article,
"I drink very well, but I found that if I was talking about my inventions and drinking, people just wrote them off as so much nonsense. The war was something serious, and I wanted to be properly accredited. So I stopped drinking and smoking.”
Bucky was willing to do whatever it took to further his mission, but such tenacity is not necessary to apply what he learned and regularly shared in his speaking, writing and inventions. We can all learn from Fuller’s very successful and productive life, and use him as a model for what one person can accomplish when she or he focuses on a worthy goal.
Bucky’s way of operating is not some complicated discipline that requires a great deal of time or effort. It’s also not a pie-in-the-sky idealism. Rather, it’s a system of applying common sense, mirroring nature’s principles and keeping your awareness on what the other person is experiencing during any communication.
In other words, we all need to focus on bringing more consciousness into our relationships and not trying to do something in conflict with the natural order of Universe. Such disharmony with the whole of Universe is what causes breakdowns in society and our day-to-day lives. Fortunately, Bucky was a master at going with the flow of nature while offering alternative, highly inclusive solutions to all our problems - personal, organizational and global. Because of this, his life serves as a model for success that allows each of us to avoid the many learning experience - mistakes that Bucky had to overcome.
Bucky Fuller's Amazing View of Spaceship Earth
Buckminster Fuller - An Excellent Omni-Inclusive Spokesperson for the comprehensive, global “Occupy Movement”
“They” say that is that the Occupy Movement is too broad, generalized and not targeting a specific issue and that it does not have one spokesperson. Although this statement is usually couched as a criticism, actually it’s a great thing!!
Finally, we’re coming around to appreciate and honor Buckminster Fuller’s view (as revealed in detail throughout “A Fuller View”) that “we the people” need to take charge and recognize that specialization is how the less than one percent dominates the rest of us. For them, it’s all about “divide and conquer, and to keep conquered, keep divided.” That’s how they’ve done it since kings made other men who had knowledge and skills into lords and dukes who served the king, and that’s what continues.
Check out the video below to hear Bucky himself talk about what he was up to in 1977 that is now being re-created through the Occupy Movement.
Specialization is killing life on our tiny Spaceship Earth, and the Occupy Movement is now beginning to encompass everyone and everything in order to champion life, love and happiness rather than war, fear and suffering. People are emerging to follow in Bucky’s footsteps as a “Comprehensive, Anticipatory Design Scientists.” For simplicity, just call us “Comprehensivists,” and join us in returning to the days when you were wide-eyed, young and interested in EVERYTHING!
As Bucky wrote in 1970 …
“I observe that every child demonstrates a comprehensive curiosity. Children are interested in everything and are forever embarrassing their specialized parents by the wholeness of their interests. Children demonstrate right from the beginning that their genes are organized to help them to apprehend, comprehend, coordinate and employ - in all directions.”
This is our natural state of being, and it was common before the leaders of the industrial revolution began indoctrinating us into believing that we had to “earn a living” or as Bucky so often rephrased it “earn our right to be alive.” Through the media and other avenues, those in power indoctrinated us into this mindset so that they could have more poorly paid (and a few well paid but also miserable) workers to fuel their profits. That, my friends, is the Grunch, and the Occupy Movement is the David ready to slay the entire Grunch of Giants.
Bucky talked and wrote about all this and more. If he were still operating out of a physical body today (and he just might be in a reincarnated form), he would be a spokesperson for the Occupy Movement. Fortunately, the pattern integrity Buckminster Fuller lives on, and his vast archive of his writing and speaking is available to continually inspire us to be fully participating comprehensive problem solvers in support of eternally regenerative Universe.
May we all come to awaken to our true nature as radiant, comprehensive, omni-inclusive beings.
Bucky talking about his then 50 Year Experiment that lasted