Not voting: Why Buckminster Fuller said this is important to our success

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When asked if he voted, Buckminster Fuller adamantly replied,

“Of course I don’t vote. I’m completely apolitical.”

For most of his life Fuller championed a world that works for everyone and the fact that political leaders can never achieve such a vision. He felt that voting only encouraged politicians and others to believe that they were in power and capable of making the changes we so desperately need. He correctly predicted the growing cultural trend of people not voting, and that trend continues to provide many people with great as we move toward an age of true democracy. His often quoted statement about politicians is even more relevant today, than it was decades ago when he first made it.

“Political leaders look out only fort heir own side. Politicians are always realistically maneuvering for the next election. They are obsolete as fundamental problem-solvers.”

He was resolute about speaking the truth and what will lead to the success or failure of humankind as a species.

“All weapons are invalid. Lying is intolerable. All politics are notonly obsolete but lethal.”

Bucky realized that political systems no longer provide needed solutions, and he offered a simple yet viable solution to our enormous challenges when he said that we all need to continue asking ourselves,

“How can we make the world work for 100 percent of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone?”

It certainly is not through politics. At a time when people can vote on who will win “American Idol” or other such trivial matters, we can also vote on the major issues of the day. We currently have the technology that will allow every person to vote on the issues that really make a difference. Primary among those issue is the question of do we utilize our dwindling precious resources for war or peace, armored vehicles or schools, soldiers or teachers, weaponry or livingry?


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