Buckminster Fuller Reconsidered: John Christensen

John Christensen’s essay on Bucky Fuller and our need for a new paradigm is both reflective and light in touch. Love the line about how, when Einstein asked to meet the then relatively ‘unknown’ Fuller in the 1920s, Fuller’s ‘chief distinction was that he’d been thrown out of Harvard not once, but twice’.

For more on Bucky Fuller: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckminster_Fuller

As John Christensen comments: ‘TIME acknowledges Fuller as “the famous advance man for the future”’.

I think Fuller’s ways of seeing have profound resonances with my understanding of person-centered ways of seeing.

Some good Fuller quotes:-

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

…which is what we seek to live through at this service.

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”

“When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty…….. but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.”

“I’m not trying to counsel any of you to do anything really special except dare to think.  And to dare to go with the truth.   And to dare to really love completely.”

“I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that 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.”

“Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person. ”

“I am convinced that creativity is a priori to the integrity of the universe and that life is regenerative and conformity meaningless.”

“I am enthusiastic over humanity’s extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuity. If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver. But this is not to say that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top. I think that we are clinging to a great many piano tops in accepting yesterday’s fortuitous contrivings as constituting the only means for solving a given problem.”

“When I was born, humanity was 95 per cent illiterate. Since I’ve been born, the population has doubled and that total population is now 65 per cent literate. That’s a gain of 130-fold of the literacy. When humanity is primarily illiterate, it needs leaders to understand and get the information and deal with it. When we are at the point where the majority of humans them-selves are literate, able to get the information, we’re in an entirely new relationship to Universe. We are at the point where the integrity of the individual counts and not what the political leadership or the religious leadership says to do.”

…which is especially relevant since the advent of the internet….Wonder what Fuller would have said about that?

“I’m not a genius. I’m just a tremendous bundle of experience.”

Wonderful, wise man.

Lindsey Talbott, Therapist
Palace Gate Counselling Service

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