Do Your Own Thinking: R. Buckminster Fuller

R. Buckminster Fuller with a message that seems more relevant today than ever: Do your own thinking.

ED:
Here’s another thought from Mr. Fuller for your consideration:

“We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.”

Buckminster Fuller

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  • L.SiD the Science Skid

    Amen Bucky

  • Ted Heistman

    Thanks for this. He is a personal hero of mine!

  • Kurtis Key

    Bucky is a hero of mine as well. Brilliant man.

  • misinformation

    I agree with the quote for the most part. With the large exception of this:

    ‘The true business of people should be to go back to school…’

    School is exactly where the problematic paradigm that Fuller describes, is enshrined. People should get educated, as autodidacts. As Larken Rose says, ‘In my house there’s only one rule…no school allowed.’

  • swabby429

    He could always be counted on to think outside of the box, erm, geodesic dome. Fantastic intellect.

  • Ted Heistman

    In case anyone is wondering, the clip appears to start in the middle of him giving an account of a failed suicide attempt, where he believes there was some type of intervention and he was told that he doesn’t belong to himself but belongs “to Universe” He ended up dedicating himself to working for the benefit of Mankind. Previously he had attempted several business enterprises that had ended in failure. These enterprises were designed primarily to make money, but failed.

    He decided that he wasn’t destined to make money for the sake of money. He did notice that many business enterprises were designed primarily to make money for the founders, but ended up benefiting humanity despite this, as a bi product. He made an analogy to bees, who end up pollinating flowers, despite probably only really being interested in getting nectar to make honey. “Honey money bees” he called them. So he decided to work toward the greater benefit of mankind and that hopefully this would meet his financial needs for himself and his family as a bi product. He looked at it as an experiment. Somehow (in a way I don’t quite get) he saw concept as working at a right angle toward a goal. The bee is after the honey but is at a right angle to the flowers getting pollinated. The Tycoon, wants wealth, but ends up creating some invention or product that benefits mankind at a right angle in relation to his wealth creating goal.

    I read a lot of his books, otherwise I don’tthink I would have understood half of this clip. He kind of invented his own lingo, which is fun but makes reading him a challenge. Its worth it though.

    • Andrew

      > The Tycoon, wants wealth, but ends up creating some invention or product
      that benefits mankind at a right angle in relation to his wealth
      creating goal.

      Nice theory, it sometimes happens that way, but it’s the exact reverse, causally, of what Fuller’s experiment indicated.

  • Rus Archer

    exactly
    we don’t need jobs

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