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Richard Buckminster Fuller (July 12, 1895 July 1, 1983) was an American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor, and futurist. Fuller published more than 30 books, coining or popularizing terms such as "Spaceship Earth", "Dymaxion" (house, car, map...), ephemeralization, synergetic, and "tensegrity". He also developed numerous inventions, mainly architectural designs, and popularized the widely known geodesic dome. Carbon molecules known as fullerenes were later named by scientists for their structural and mathematical resemblance to geodesic spheres. Fuller was the second World President of Mensa from 1974 to 1983.
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1:A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist.
   ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
2:Pollution is nothing but resources we're not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value. ~ R Buckminster Fuller, I Seem To Be A Verb,
3: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.
   ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
4:Since the initial publication of the chart of the electromagnetic spectrum, humans have learned that what they can touch, smell, see, and hear is less than one-millionth of reality. ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
5:We as economic society are going to have to pay our whole population to go to school and pay it to stay at school. ~ R Buckminster Fuller, Education Automation: Freeing the Scholar to Return to His Studie,
6:Quite clearly, our task is predominantly metaphysical, for it is how to get all of humanity to educate itself swiftly enough to generate spontaneous social behaviors that will avoid extinction
   ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
7: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. ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
8:I would say, then, that you are faced with a future in which education is going to be number one amongst the great world industries. ~ R Buckminster Fuller, Education Automation: Freeing the Scholar to Return to His Studies,
9:It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a 'higher standard of living than any have ever known.' It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary and henceforth unrationalizable as mandated by survival.
   ~ R Buckminster Fuller, Critical Path, 1981, page xxv),
10:A new, self-employed architect scientist is the one in all the world who may accelerate realization of a high-standard survival for all, as now completely practical within the scope of available technology. ~ R Buckminster Fuller, Ideas and Integrities: A Spontaneous Autobiographical Disclosure,
11:Everything you've learned in school as 'obvious' becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There's not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines
   ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
12:Today's news consists of aggregates of fragments. Anyone who has taken part in any event that has subsequently appeared in the news is aware of the gross disparity between the actual and the reported events. We also learn frequently of prefabricated and prevaricated evens of a complex nature purportedly undertaken for the purposes wither of suppressing or rigging the news, which in turn perverts humanity's tactical information resources. All history becomes suspect. Probably our most polluted resource is the tactical information to which humanity spontaneously reflexes. ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
13:We should 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.
   ~ R Buckminster Fuller,

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1:God is a verb ~ R Buckminster Fuller
2:Dare to be naive. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
3:Dare to be naïve. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
4:You can't learn less. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
5:Sharing is having more. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
6:The impossible happens. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
7:...doing more with less. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
8:Universe to each must be ~ R Buckminster Fuller
9:Everyone is born a genius. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
10:God is a verb, not a noun. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
11:Never show unfinished work. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
12:Don't fight forces, use them. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
13:Every child is born a genius. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
14:Love is metaphysical gravity. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
15:How do we make the world work? ~ R Buckminster Fuller
16:Love is a metaphysical gravity. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
17:Television is the third parent. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
18:Tension is the great integrity. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
19:I look for what needs to be done ~ R Buckminster Fuller
20:Real wealth is ideas plus energy. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
21:Either war is obsolete or men are. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
22:How much does your building weigh? ~ R Buckminster Fuller
23:Controlled time is our true wealth. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
24:Either war is obsolete or men are. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
25:Either war is obsolete, or men are. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
26:Life is the spirit incarnate in time. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
27:Man knows so much and does so little. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
28:The opposite of nature is impossible. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
29:War is the ultimate tool of politics. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
30:If we design the environment properly ~ R Buckminster Fuller
31:Our power is in our ability to decide. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
32:Universe is plural at minimum sixfold. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
33:A fool with a tool still remains a fool. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
34:I am a passenger on the spaceship Earth. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
35:You either make sense or you make money. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
36:Man is designed to be a comprehensivist . ~ R Buckminster Fuller
37:Everything we see is inside our own heads. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
38:Unity is plural and, at a minimum, is two. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
39:All sports are time control demonstrations. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
40:On personal integrity hangs humanity's fate ~ R Buckminster Fuller
41:Universe is synergetic. Life is synergetic. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
42:All human advances occur in the outlaw area. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
43:Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
44:Don't change the man. Change his environment. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
45:Some of us are just less damaged than others. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
46:The vector equilibrium is the zero point for ~ R Buckminster Fuller
47:Fire is the Sun unwinding from the tree's log. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
48:Geniuses are just people who had good mothers. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
49:The universe is non-simultaneously apprehended ~ R Buckminster Fuller
50:Dictators never invent their own opportunities. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
51:I do not look upon human beings as good or bad. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
52:A proverb is much matter distilled into few words. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
53:Integrity is the essence of everything successful. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
54:You can never learn less; you can only learn more. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
55:Gold and silver from the dead turn often into lead. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
56:The future is a choice between Utopia and oblivion. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
57:Thinking is a momentary dismissal of irrelevancies. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
58:Seeing-is-believing is a blind spot in man's vision. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
59:The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
60:If you change the environment, you change the people. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
61:Conceptuality is subjective; realization is objective. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
62:Mistakes are great, the more I make the smarter I get. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
63:...primarily the individual is going to study at home. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
64:There is no energy crisis, only a crisis of ignorance. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
65:Truth is the progressive diminution of residual error. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
66:Pollution is nothing but resources we're not harvesting. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
67:The more we learn the more we realize how little we know. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
68:Our brains deal exclusively with special-case experiences. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
69:Rashness is the faithful, but unhappy parent of misfortune. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
70:You never change people by fighting their existing reality. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
71:Don't try to make me consistent. I am learning all the time. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
72:Every child has an enormous drive to demonstrate competence. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
73:Search others for their virtue, and yourself for your vices. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
74:I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
75:To expose a 4.2 Trillion dollar ripoff of the American people ~ R Buckminster Fuller
76:Pollution is merely a resource that isn't being used properly. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
77:The nearest each of us can come to God is by loving the truth. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
78:We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
79:God, to me, it seems, is a verb not a noun, proper or improper. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
80:Science is the attempt to set in order the facts of experience. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
81:The Universe consists of non-simultaneously apprehended events. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
82:We are prisoners of our own metaphors, metaphorically speaking. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
83:Whenever I draw a circle, I immediately want to step out of it. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
84:You can't better the world by simply talking to it. Philosophy ~ R Buckminster Fuller
85:You cannot question an assumption you do not know you have made. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
86:Ninety-nine per cent of who you are is invisible and untouchable. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
87:Technology paces industry, but there's a long lag in the process. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
88:The World has become too dangerous for anything less than Utopia. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
89:We are called to be the architects of the future, not its victims. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
90:Mind is the antithesis of reflex, and only mind could discover mind ~ R Buckminster Fuller
91:Perception is one millionth of one percent reality (truth in fact). ~ R Buckminster Fuller
92:Fuimos llamados para ser los arquitectos del futuro, no sus víctimas. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
93:As long as one human being is hungry, the entire human race is hungry. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
94:Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
95:The one common experience of all humanity is the challenge of problems. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
96:The earth is like a spaceship that didn't come with an operating manual. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
97:A problem adequately stated is a problem well on its way to being solved. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
98:Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
99:Wealth is a measure of a person's ability to survive so many days forward. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
100:To ask a politician to lead us is to ask the tail of a dog to lead the dog. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
101:The pyramids, attached with age, have forgotten the names of their founders. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
102:I'm not trying to copy Nature, I'm trying to find the principles she's using. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
103:One can study a caterpillar forever and never be able to predict a butterfly. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
104:Racism, pollution and the rest of it are themselves very close to extinction. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
105:The more for whom we strive to serve, the greater effectiveness we will have. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
106:The wave is not the water. The water merely told us about the wave moving by. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
107:Always tell only the truth, and all the truth, and do so promptly - right now. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
108:His Unique Selling Position was to make the world work for 100% of humanity. . ~ R Buckminster Fuller
109:I have spent most of my life unlearning things that were proved not to be true ~ R Buckminster Fuller
110:I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
111:It is well known that of every strong woman they say she has a masculine mind. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
112:There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
113:You don't belong to you. You belong to the Universe and you're here to serve. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
114:By 2000, politics will simply fade away. We will not see any political parties. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
115:It is new design by architects versus world revolution by political leadership. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
116:The highest of generalizations is the synergetic integration of truth and love. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
117:Coping with the totality of Spaceship Earth and universe is ahead for all of us. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
118:Faith is much better than belief. Belief is when someone else does the thinking. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
119:I just invent. Then I wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
120:Are you spontaneously enthusiastic about everyone having everything you can have? ~ R Buckminster Fuller
121:Bite your tongue. Get a cinder in your eye. When you feel good, you feel nothing. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
122:How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
123:If we do more with less, our response will be adequate to take care of everybody. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
124:Every time man makes a new experiment he always learns more. He cannot learn less. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
125:Humanity is now experiencing history's most difficult evolutionary transformation. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
126:There is no such thing as genius, some children are just less damaged than others. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
127:If you are the master be sometimes blind, if you are the servant be sometimes deaf. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
128:Synergy means behavior of whole systems unpredicted by the behavior of their parts. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
129:Those who play with the devil's toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
130:We are powerfully imprisoned by the terms in which we have been conducted to think. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
131:I have great hope for tomorrow. My hope lies in three things-truth, youth, and love. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
132:I look for what needs to be done. After all, that's how the universe designs itself. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
133:I call intuition cosmic fishing. You feel a nibble, then you've got to hook the fish. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
134:Brain deals exclusively with the physical, and mind exclusively with the metaphysical. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
135:By the time you are 88 years old, you "have consumed 300 tons of food, air and water." ~ R Buckminster Fuller
136:Most of my advances were by mistake. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn't. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
137:People never leave a sinking ship until they see the lights of another ship approaching. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
138:The question of integrity will get finer and finer and more delicate and more beautiful. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
139:We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
140:The minute you choose to do what you really want to do,
it's a different kind of life. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
141:The most important thing about Spaceship Earth - an instruction book didn't come with it. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
142:There is no such thing as a failed experiment, only experiments with unexpected outcomes. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
143:I must reorganize the environment of man by which then greater numbers of men can prosper. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
144:In order for a world-around democracy to prosper, world society must learn how to prosper. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
145:To do more and more with less and less until eventually you can do everything with nothing. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
146:The minute you begin to do what you really want to do, it's really a different kind of life. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
147:You take the senses away, and there is no consciousness. Consciousness comes from experience. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
148:The purpose of our lives is to add value to the people of this generation and those that follow. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
149:All children are born geniuses, and we spend the first six years of their lives degeniusing them. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
150:When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
151:Does humanity have a chance to survive lastingly and successfully on planet Earth, and if so, how? ~ R Buckminster Fuller
152:Ideas are easy to come by; reduction to practice is an arduous but inspirationally rewarding matter. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
153:Topology is the science of fundamental pattern and structural relationships of event constellations. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
154:Human beings are the only creatures on the planet that tell time and think they have to earn a living. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
155:That which is communicated, i.e., understood, is metaphysical. The means of communication is physical. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
156:There is no joy equal to that of being able to work for all humanity and doing what you're doing well. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
157:Human beings are the only creatures on the planet that tell time and think they have to earn a living. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
158:Relativity is inherently convergent, though convergent toward a plurality of centers of abstract truths. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
159:You have to decide whether you want to make money or make sense, because the two are mutually exclusive. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
160:The reward for being a good problem solver is to be heaped with more and more difficult problems to solve ~ R Buckminster Fuller
161:It is one of our most exciting discoveries that local discovery leads to a complex of further discoveries. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
162:Everything can be linked together in some fashion, in either a physical, psychological, or symbolic manner. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
163:Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is quite staggering ~ R Buckminster Fuller
164:Wealth is the product of energy times intelligence: energy turned into artifacts that advantage human life. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
165:Nature is all that we think we know plus all that we don't know whether or not we know that we don't know it. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
166:All children are born geniuses; 9,999 out of every 10,000 are swiftly, inadvertently degeniusized by grownups. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
167:Dear reader, traditional human power structures and their reign of darkness are about to be rendered obsolete. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
168:Love is omni-inclusive, progressively exquisite, understanding and compassionately attuned to other than self. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
169:We will always have war until there is enough of every essential to support all lives everywhere around earth. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
170:Dwell not too long upon sports: for as they refresh a man that is weary, so they weary a man that is refreshed. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
171:Humans have always unknowingly affected all Universe by every act and thought they articulate or even consider. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
172:We are powerfully imprisoned in these Dark Ages simply by the terms in which we have been conditioned to think. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
173:Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
174:None of the world's problems will have a solution until the world's individuals become thoroughly self-educated. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
175:We should stop kidding ourselves. We should let go of things that aren't true. It's always better with the truth. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
176:Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
177:My ideas have undergone a process of emergence by emergency. When they are needed badly enough, they are accepted. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
178:Tombs are the clothes of the dead and a grave is a plain suit; while an expensive monument is one with embroidery. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
179:We as economic society are going to have to pay our whole population to go to school and pay it to stay at school. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
180:A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
181:Dolphins may well be carrying information as well as functions critical to the regeneration of life upon our planet. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
182:For at least 2,000,000 years men have been reproducing and multiplying on a little automated spaceship called earth. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
183:You cannot change how someone thinks, but you can give them a tool to use which will lead them to think differently. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
184:People should think things out fresh and not just accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
185:You can never learn less; you can only learn more. The reason I know so much is because I have made so many mistakes. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
186:A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist.
   ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
187:Consisting mostly of recirculating scrapped metals, 80% of all the metals that have ever been mined are still at work. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
188:It is the integrity of each individual human that is in final examination. On personal integrity hangs humanity's fate. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
189:The explicable requires the inexplicable. Experience requires the nonexperienceable. The obvious requires the mystical. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
190:You can't change the way people think, all you can do is give them a tool, the use of which will change their thinking. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
191:God is the great comprehensive a priori integrity of Universe within which human beings find themselves to be operating. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
192:A pattern has an integrity independent of the medium by virtue of which you have received the information that it exists. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
193:I see God in the instruments and the mechanisms that work reliably, more reliably than the limited sensory departments of ~ R Buckminster Fuller
194:Now there is one outstanding important fact regarding spaceship earth, and that is that no instruction book came with it. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
195:I am deeply impressed with the designer of the universe; I am confident I couldnt have done anywhere near such a good job. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
196:Havenotness is caused by society's failure to design and produce the right tools and goods. Money alone is not the panacea. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
197:It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
198:You can't change anything by fighting or resisting it. You change something by making it obsolete through superior methods. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
199:Get ready the greatest new educational facility at the approximate dynamic population center of the North American continent ~ R Buckminster Fuller
200:Humans beings always do the most intelligent thing…after they’ve tried every stupid alternative and none of them have worked ~ R Buckminster Fuller
201:It is not for me to change you. The question is, how can I be of service to you without diminishing your degrees of freedom? ~ R Buckminster Fuller
202:There is only one revolution tolerable to all men, all societies, all political systems: Revolution by design and invention. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
203:I am convinced all of humanity is born with more gifts than we know. Most are born geniuses and just get de-geniused rapidly. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
204:Pollution is nothing but resources we're not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
205:Specialization breeds biases that ultimately aggregate as international and ideological discord, which, in turn, leads to war. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
206:If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do... HOW WOULD I BE? WHAT WOULD I DO? ~ R Buckminster Fuller
207:Right now I am a passenger on space vehicle Earth zooming about the Sun at 60,000 miles per hour somewhere in the solar system. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
208:The Things to do are: the things that need doing, that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
209:Human beings were given a left foot and a right foot to make a mistake first to the left, then to the right, left again and repeat. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
210:Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
211:I would say, then, that you are faced with a future in which education is going to be number one amongst the great world industries. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
212:I am convinced that creativity is a priori to the integrity of the universe and that life is regenerative and conformity meaningless. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
213:A problem adequately stated is a problem solved theoretically and immediately, and therefore subsequently to be solved, realistically. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
214:Integrity is the courage and self-discipline to cooperate and initiate according to the Divine, which you know in your heart as Truth. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
215:There is enough for everyone. People think that there isn't enough, so they get as much as they can, so many people don't have enough. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
216:When individuals join in a cooperative venture, the power generated far exceeds what they could have accomplished acting individually. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
217:Technologically we now have four [seven!] billion billionaires on board Spaceship Earth who are entirely unaware of their good fortune. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
218:... reform the environment and not man; being absolutely confident that if you give man the right environment, he will behave favorably. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
219:You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
220:Each one of us has something to contribute. This really depends on each one doing their own thinking, but not following any kind of rule. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
221: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 ~ R Buckminster Fuller
222:Everyone has the perfect gift to give the world-and if each of us is freed up to give our unique gift, the world will be in total harmony. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
223:If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
224:Ninety-nine percent of humanity does not know that we have the option to "make it" economically on this planet and in the Universe. We do. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
225:The point is that racism is the product of tribalism and ignorance and both are falling victim to communications and world-around literacy ~ R Buckminster Fuller
226: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. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
227:Don't attempt to reform man. An adequately organized environment will permit humanity's original, innate capabilities to become successful. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
228:Our little Spaceship Earth is only eight thousand miles in diameter, which is almost a negligible dimension in the great vastness of space. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
229:You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
230:Unchallenged, opinions became respected precedent then exceptionless concepts and sometimes even civil and academically accepted social law. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
231:Nature does have manure and she does have roots as well as blossoms, and you can't hate the manure and blame the roots for not being blossoms. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
232:Whatever humans have learned had to be learned as a consequence only of trial and error experience. Humans have learned only through mistakes. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
233:Universe is the aggregate of all humanity's consciously apprehended and communicated nonsimultaneous and only partially overlapping experiences. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
234:Cooperen por encima de todo y no se impidan avanzar entre sí ni traten de ganar a costa de alguien más. Cualquier éxito disparejo, será pasajero. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
235:It seems that truth is progressive approximation in which the relative fraction of our spontaneously tolerated residual error constantly diminishes. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
236:Pollution is nothing but resources we're not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value. ~ R Buckminster Fuller, I Seem To Be A Verb,
237: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.
   ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
238:We must progress to the stage of doing all the right things for all the right reasons instead of doing all the right things for all the wrong reasons. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
239:It is essential to release humanity from the false fixations of yesterday which seem now to bind it to a rationale of action leading only to extinction. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
240:Education by choice, with its marvelous motivating psychology of desire for truth, will make life ever cleaner and happier, more rhythmical and artistic. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
241:In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
242:Physics has found no straight lines. Instead, the physical universe consists of only waves undulating back and forth allowing for corrections and balance. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
243:There are no solids. There are no things. There are only interfering and non-interfering patterns operative in pure principle, and principles are eternal. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
244: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. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
245:We are most probably here for local information-gathering and local-Universe problem-solving in support of the integrity of eternally regenerative Universe. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
246:We live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient. They frequently inhabit taverns and have no self control. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
247:With our minds alone we can discover those principles we need to employ to convert all humanity to success in a new, harmonious relationship with the universe. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
248:Above all, I am motivated by the most mysterious drive we ever experience -that of love - I don't think there's any influence on my life that compares with love. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
249: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. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
250:Man is going to be displaced altogether as a specialist by the computer. Man himself is being forced to reestablish, employ, and enjoy his innate 'comprehensivity. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
251:If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
252:What humans have spontaneously identified as good and bad - or as positive and negative - are evolutionary complementations in need of more accurate identifications. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
253:on first priority in design consideration is the full realization of individual potential in order to reach the second derivative full realization for all individuals ~ R Buckminster Fuller
254:Let architects sing of aesthetics that bring Rich clients in hordes to their knees; Just give me a home, in a great circle dome Where stresses and strains are at ease. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
255:You can rest assured that if you devote your time and attention to the highest advantage of others, the Universe will support you, always and only in the nick of time. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
256:For man to go from less than 1% haves to 40%, living at high standard - despite decreasing resources - cannot be explained by anything other than by doing more than less. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
257:Humanity has the option to become successful on our planet if we reorient world production away from weaponry - from killingry to livingry. Can we convince humanity in time? ~ R Buckminster Fuller
258:No man can prove upon awakening that he is the man who he thinks went to bed the night before, or that anything that he recollects is anything other than a convincing dream. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
259:There will come a time when the proper education of children, by a glorified system of spontaneous education of choice, similar to the Montessori System, will be made possible. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
260: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. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
261:American labor will realize that its function is not to increase jobs, but to multiply the wealth and to expand the numbers benefited by the wealth at the swiftest possible rate. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
262:Initiative can neither be created nor delegated. It can only spring from the self-determining individual, who decides that the wisdom of others is not always better than his own. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
263:[My vision is] To make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
264:The difference between mind and brain is that brain deals only with memorized, subjective, special-case experiences and objective experiments, while mind extracts and employs the ~ R Buckminster Fuller
265:There is something patently insane about all the typewriters sleeping with all the beautiful plumbing in the beautiful office buildings -and all the people sleeping in the slums. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
266:All of humanity is in peril of extinction if each one of us does not dare, now and henceforth, always to tell only the truth, and all the truth, and to do so promptly - right now. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
267:The self-commissioned architect is the obviously exclusive potential - for as at present used, or designed, the world's resources are serving only forty-four per cent of humanity. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
268:Since the initial publication of the chart of the electromagnetic spectrum, humans have learned that what they can touch, smell, see, and hear is less than one-millionth of reality. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
269:When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only of how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
270:Since the initial publication of the chart of the electromagnetic spectrum, humans have learned that what they can touch, smell, see, and hear is less than one-millionth of reality. ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
271:There is room enough indoors in New York City for the whole 1963 world's population to enter, with room enough inside for all hands to dance the twist in average nightclub proximity. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
272:We as economic society are going to have to pay our whole population to go to school and pay it to stay at school. ~ R Buckminster Fuller, Education Automation: Freeing the Scholar to Return to His Studie,
273: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. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
274:Doing the right things for the wrong reasons is typical of humanity. Precession - not conscious planning - provides a productive outcome for misguided political and military campaigns. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
275:The assumption is that the inevitability of a solution's realization is inherent in the interaction of human intellect and the constantly transformative evolution of physical universe. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
276:Degrees of accuracy are only degrees of refinement and magnitude in no way affects the fundamental reliability, which refers, as directional or angular sense, toward centralized truths. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
277:If man chooses oblivion, he can go right on leaving his fate to his political leaders. If he chooses Utopia, he must initiate an enormous education program - immediately, if not sooner. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
278:Our beds are empty two-thirds of the time. Our living rooms are empty seven-eighths of the time. Our office buildings are empty one-half of the time. It's time we gave this some thought. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
279:Synergy is the only word in our language that means behavior of whole systems unpredicted by the separately observed behaviors of any of the system's separate parts or any subassembly of ~ R Buckminster Fuller
280:I set about fifty-five years ago (1927) to see what a penniless, unknown human individual with a dependent wife and newborn child might be able to do effectively on behalf of all humanity ~ R Buckminster Fuller
281:One of humanity's prime drives is to understand and be understood. All other living creatures are designed for highly specialized tasks. Man seems unique as the comprehensive comprehender ~ R Buckminster Fuller
282:Only our minds are able to discover the generalized principles operating without exception in each and every special-experience case which if detected and mastered will give knowledgeable ~ R Buckminster Fuller
283:We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
284:What has not been clear is that the potential of this emergency-born technology has always accrued to human's prewar individual initiatives taken in a humble but irrepressible progression ~ R Buckminster Fuller
285:Since the initial publication of the chart of the electromagnetic spectrum, humans have learned that what they can touch, smell, see, and hear is less than one-millionth of reality. Ninety- ~ R Buckminster Fuller
286:Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge on their children rather than virtue, the art of speaking well rather than doing well; but their manners should be of the greatest concern. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
287:Quite clearly, our task is predominantly metaphysical, for it is how to get all of humanity to educate itself swiftly enough to generate spontaneous social behaviors that will avoid extinction. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
288:War is obsolete. We are not here to fight something or tear something down; We are here to be the example of what is possible. Any sane individual will tell you that violence is ... not the way. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
289:All of humanity now has the option to "make it" successfully and sustainably, by virtue of our having minds, discovering principles and being able to employ these principles to do more with less. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
290:Quite clearly, our task is predominantly metaphysical, for it is how to get all of humanity to educate itself swiftly enough to generate spontaneous social behaviors that will avoid extinction
   ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
291: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. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
292:Whether it is to be Utopia or Oblivion will be a touch-and-go relay race right up to the final moment.... Humanity is in 'final exam' as to whether or not it qualifies for continuance in Universe. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
293: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. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
294:What usually happens in the educational process is that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed and paralyzed so that by the time most people are mature they have lost their innate capabilities. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
295: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. ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
296:I would say, then, that you are faced with a future in which education is going to be number one amongst the great world industries. ~ R Buckminster Fuller, Education Automation: Freeing the Scholar to Return to His Studies,
297:The individual can take initiatives without anybody's permission. Only individuals can think. Only the individual disregards his fears and commits himself exclusively to reforming the human environment. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
298:There is an inherently minimum set of essential concepts and current information, cognizance of which could lead to our operating our planet Earth to the lasting satisfaction and health of all humanity. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
299:Nature is a totally efficient, self-regenerati ng system. IF we discover the laws that govern this system and live synergistically within them, sustainability will follow and humankind will be a success. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
300:It is essential that anyone reading this book know at the outset that the author is apolitical. I was convinced in 1927 that humanity's most fundamental survival problems could never be solved by politics. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
301:A new, self-employed architect scientist is the one in all the world who may accelerate realization of a high-standard survival for all, as now completely practical within the scope of available technology. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
302:History's political and economic power structures have always abhorred 'idle people' as potential troublemakers. Yet nature never abhors seemingly idle trees, grass, snails, coral reefs, and clouds in the sky. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
303:If we dump all the machinery and take the knowledge we have in the ocean within six months humanity will die. If we dump all the politician all around the world in the ocean everything will go along very nicely. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
304:Whether we are able to be a complete success or failure is in such critical balance that every smallest human test of integrity every smallest moment-to-moment decision tips the scales affirmatively or negatively. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
305:We have reached the point where we are now possessed of sufficient information for each individual human to dare to exercise the option to "make it" rather than having to depend on the decisions of an educated elite. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
306:Out of my general world-pattern-trend studies there now comes strong evidence that nothing is going to be quite so surprising and abrupt in the future history of man as the forward evolution in the educational process. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
307:Observation of my life to date shows that the larger the number for whom I work, the more positively effective I become. Thus, it is obvious that if I work always and only for all humanity, I will be optimally effective. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
308:I'm utterly convinced that we are all here for one another and that every experience that everyone is having is relevant. It all counts. The Universe is so extraordinarily well designed that it needs all those experiences. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
309:Specialization is in fact only a fancy form of slavery wherein the 'expert' is fooled into accepting a slavery by making him feel that he in turn is a socially and culturally preferred-ergo, highly secure-lifelong position. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
310:Specialization is in fact only a fancy form of slavery wherein the ‘expert’ is fooled into accepting a slavery by making him feel that he in turn is a socially and culturally preferred—ergo, highly secure—lifelong position. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
311:Only the free-wheeling artist-explorer, non-academic, scientist-philosopher, mechanic, economist-poet who has never waited for patron-starting and accrediting of his co-ordinate capabilities holds the prime initiative today. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
312:Great nations are simply the operating fronts of behind-the-scenes, vastly ambitious individuals who had become so effectively powerful because of their ability to remain invisible while operating behind the national scenery. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
313:Whether humanity is to comprehensively prosper...depends entirely on the integrity of the human individuals and not on the political and economic systems. The cosmic question has been asked: are humans worthwhile to universe invention? ~ R Buckminster Fuller
314:Architects, if they are really to be comprehensive, must assume the enormous task of thinking in terms always disciplined to the scale of the total world pattern of needs, its resource flows, its recirculatory and regenerative processes. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
315:It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a 'higher standard of living than any have ever known.' It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary and henceforth unrationalizable as mandated by survival. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
316:I say that radiation is inherently disintegrative: it comes apart. Gravity is inherently integrative: it pulls together. And to me, there's a good possibility that love is what I'd call metaphysical gravity. It really holds everything together. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
317:Either man is obsolete or war is. War is the ultimate tool of politics. Political leaders look out only for their own side. Politicians are always realistically maneuvering for the next election. They are obsolete as fundamental problem-solvers. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
318:If I ran a school, I'd give the average grade to the ones who gave me all the right answers, for being good parrots. I'd give the top grades to those who made a lot of mistakes and told me about them, and then told me what they learned from them. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
319:The physical is inherently entropic, giving off energy in ever more disorderly ways. The metaphysical is antientropic, methodically marshalling energy. Life is antientropic. It is spontaneously inquisitive. It sorts out and endeavors to understand ~ R Buckminster Fuller
320:The dark ages still reign over all humanity, and the depth and persistence of this domination are only now becoming clear. This Dark Ages prison has no steel bars, chains, or locks. Instead, it is locked by misorientation and built of misinformation. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
321:Of course, our failures are a consequence of many factors, but possibly one of the most important is the fact that society operates on the theory that specialization is the key to success, not realizing that specialization precludes comprehensive thinking. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
322:The synergetic integral of the totality of all principles is God, whose sum-total behavior in pure principle is beyond our comprehension and is utterly mysterious to us, because as humans--in pure principle--we do not and never will know all the principles ~ R Buckminster Fuller
323:We are here as local information harvesters, local problem-solvers in support of the integrity of eternally regenerative Universe. The fact that we get away from physical problems doesn't mean we go away from problems. The problems are really rarely physical. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
324:Thou mayest as well expect to grow stronger by always eating as wiser by always reading. Too much overcharges Nature, and turns more into disease than nourishment. 'Tis thought and digestion which makes books serviceable, and give health and vigor to the mind. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
325:It is one of the strange facts of experience that when we try to think about the future, our thoughts jump backwards. It may well be that nature has some fundamental metaphysical law by which opening up what we call the future also opens up the past in equal degree. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
326:I am not optimistic or pessimistic. I feel that optimism and pessimism are very unbalanced. I am a very hard engineer. I am a mechanic. I am a sailor. I am an air pilot. I don't tell people I can get you across the ocean with my ship unless I know what I'm talking about. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
327:Ignorance and greed are part of the evolutionary process, which is just to say that mistakes are part of learning. There is nothing bad about behaviors or perceptions that do not work; they simply have to be given up and replaced by behaviors or perceptions that do work. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
328:It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a 'higher standard of living than any have ever known.' It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary and henceforth unrationalizable as mandated by survival.
   ~ R Buckminster Fuller, Critical Path, 1981, page xxv),
329:A new, self-employed architect scientist is the one in all the world who may accelerate realization of a high-standard survival for all, as now completely practical within the scope of available technology. ~ R Buckminster Fuller, Ideas and Integrities: A Spontaneous Autobiographical Disclosure,
330:Windmills installed around the world converting their direct current into alternating current and feeding the electric energy into the world network can harvest the planet Earth's prime daily energy income source-the wind--and adequately supply all the world's energy needs ~ R Buckminster Fuller
331:There is an effective strategy open to architects. Whereas doctors deal with the interior organisms of man, architects deal with the exterior organisms of man. Architects might join with one another to carry on their work in laboratories as do doctors in anticipatory medicine. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
332:We are in an age that assumes the narrowing trends of specialization to be logical, natural, and desirable. Consequently, society expects all earnestly responsible communication to be crisply brief.... In the meantime, humanity has been deprived of comprehensive understanding. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
333:Truth is cosmically total: synergetic. Verities are generalized principles stated in semimetaphorical terms. Verities are differentiable. But love is omniembracing, omnicoherent, and omni-inclusive, with no exceptions. Love, like synergetics, is nondifferentiable, i.e., is integral. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
334:My biggest hope that we're going to make it here is that this thinking is being manifested & really employed by the young world. Will they be going fast enough to overcome the initiatives of the bureaucracies & the fears operative in those bureaucracies? It's a very touch & go question. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
335:By and large, I seem to have made more mistakes than any others of whom I know, but have learned thereby to make ever swifter acknowledgment of the errors and thereafter immediately set about to deal more effectively with the truths disclosed by the acknowledgment of erroneous assumptions. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
336:For the first time in history it is now possible to take care of everybody at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. Only ten years ago the 'more with less' technology reached the point where this could be done. All humanity now has the option to become enduringly successful. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
337:Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There's not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
338:We are operating at an overall mechanical efficiency of only four percent... Therefore, we find that if we increase the overall mechanical efficiency to only twelve percent we can take care of everybody. That three-fold increase in the overall efficiency can only be accomplished by redesign. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
339:Everything you've learned in school as 'obvious' becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There's not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines
   ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
340:The word generalization in literature usually means covering too much territory too thinly to be persuasive, let alone convincing. In science, however, a generalization means a principle that has been found to hold true in every special case.... The principle of leverage is a scientific generalization. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
341:The most important thing to teach your children is that the sun does not rise and set. It is the Earth that revolves around the sun. Then teach them the concepts of North, South, East and West, and that they relate to where they happen to be on the planet's surface at that time. Everything else will follow. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
342:"The further art advances the closer it approaches science," said Leonardo da Vinci, painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, and inventor of the wheelbarrow, and other useful instruments from the speaking tube to a mechanically gyp-proof whore-house, "the further science advances the closer it approaches art." ~ R Buckminster Fuller
343:It seemed that the time would come evolutionarily when humans might have acquired enough knowledge of generalized principles to permit a graduation from class-two (entropically selfish) evolution into class-one (syntropically cooperative) evolution, thereafter making all the right moves for all the right reasons. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
344:The eternal is omniembracing and permeative; and the temporal is linear. This opens up a very high order of generalizations of generalizations. The truth could not be more omni-important, although it is often manifestly operative only as a linear identification of a special-case experience on a specialized subject. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
345:What the scientists have always found by physical experiment was an a priori orderliness of nature, or Universe always operating at an elegance level that made the discovering scientist's working hypotheses seem crude by comparison. The discovered reality made the scientists exploratory work seem relatively disorderly. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
346:We must start with scientific fundamentals, and that means with the data of experiments and not with assumed axioms predicated only upon the misleading nature of that which only superficially seems to be obvious. It is the consensus of great scientists that science is the attempt to set in order the facts of experience. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
347:The vector equilibrium is the true zero reference of the energetic mathematics. Zero pulsation in the vector equilibrium is the nearest approach we will ever know to eternity and god: the zero phase of conceptual integrity inherent in the positive and negative asymmetries that propagate the differentials of consciousness. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
348:Children will draw pictures with everything in them...houses and trees and people and animals...and the sun AND the moon. Grown-up says, "That's a nice picture, Honey, but you put the moon and the sun in the sky at the same time and that isn't right." But the child is right! The sun and moon are in the sky at the same time. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
349:Our little Spaceship Earth is only eight thousand miles in diameter, which is almost a negligible dimension in the great vastness of space.... Spaceship Earth was so extraordinarily well invented and designed that to our knowledge humans have been on board it for two million years not even knowing that they were on board a ship. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
350:We shall have to stop looking askance on trends in relation to sex merely as a reproductive capability, i.e. that it is normal to make babies. Society will have to change in its assessment of what the proclivities of humanity may be. Our viewpoints on homosexuality, for example, may have to be reconsidered and more wisely adjusted. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
351:Most importantly we have learned that from here on it is success for all or none, for it is experimentally proven by physics that "unity is plural and at minimum two" - the complementary but not mirror-imaged proton and neutron. You and I are inherently different and complimentary. Together we average as zero - that is, as eternity. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
352:We were deliberately designed to learn only by trial and error. We're brought up, unfortunately, to think that nobody should make mistakes. Most children get de-geniused by the love and fear of their parents - that they might make a mistake. But all my advances were made by mistakes. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn't. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
353:If humans are not required to earn a living to be provided survival needs, many are going to want very much to be productive, but not at those tasks they did not choose to do but were forced to accept in order to earn money. Instead, humans will spontaneously take upon themselves those tasks that world society really needs to have done. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
354:The word synergy comes from the Greek sin-ergo, meaning, to work together. It describes a mutually supportive atmosphere of trust, where each individual element works towards its own goals, and where the goals may be quite varied; nevertheless, because all elements of a synergetic system support one another, they also support the whole. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
355:We are going to have to find ways of organizing ourselves cooperatively,sanely, scientifically, harmonically and in regenerative spontaneity with the rest of humanity around the earth.... We are not going to be able to operate our spaceship earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
356:It is one of our most exciting discoveries that local discovery leads to a complex of further discoveries. Corollary to this we find that we no sooner get a problem solved than we are overwhelmed with a multiplicity of additional problems in a most beautiful payoff of heretofore unknown, previously unrecognized, & as-yet unsolved problems. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
357:The most important part about tomorrow is not the technology or the automation, but that man is going to come into entirely new relationships with his fellow men. He will retain much more in his everyday life of what we term the naïveté and idealism of the child. I think the way to see what tomorrow is going to look like is just to look at our children. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
358:We find all the no-life-support-wealth-producing people going to their 1980s jobs in their cars and buses, spending trillions of dollars' worth of petroleum daily to get to their no-wealth-producing jobs. It doesn't take a computer to tell you that it will save both Universe and humanity trillions of dollars a day to pay them handsomely to stay at home. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
359:In the United States, throughout all twenty-four hours of every day of the year - year after year - we have an average of two million automobiles standing in front of red lights with their engines going, the energy for which amounts to that generated by the full of efforts of 200 million horses being completley wasted as they jump up and down going nowhere. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
360:U.S. labor leaders will realize that automation can multiply man's wealth far more rapidly than it is multiplying at present and that automation will leave all men free to search and research... Realizing the direct competition with foreign industry on a straight labor basis will mean swiftly decreasing wages per hour and longer hours and decreasing buying power of the public. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
361:. . . So I vowed to keep myself alive, but only if I would never use me again for just me - each one of us is born of two, and we really belong to each other. I vowed to do my own thinking, instead of trying to accommodate everyone else's opinion, credo's and theories. I vowed to apply my inventory of experiences to the solving of problems that affect everyone aboard planet Earth. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
362:The procedure we are pursuing is that of true democracy. Semi-democracy accepts the dictatorship of a majority in establishing its arbitrary, ergo, unnatural, laws. True democracy discovers by patient experiment and unanimous acknowledgement what the laws of nature or universe may be for the physical support and metaphysical satisfaction of the human intellect's function in universe. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
363:There are over 2 million cars standing in front of red lights with their engines going. Then we have over 2 million times approximately 100 horsepower being generated as they are idling there, so that we have something like 200 million horses jumping up and down and going nowhere. Now, we have to count that in our economy when we begin to get down to what is the efficiency of the economy. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
364:Here is an educational bombshell: Take from all of today's industrial nations all their industrial machinery and all their energy-distributing networks, and leave them all their ideologies, all their political leaders, and all their political organizations, and I can tell you that within six months, two billion people will die of starvation, having gone through great pain and deprivation along the way. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
365:I find man utterly unaware of what his wealth is or his fundamental capability is. He says time and again, "We can't afford it." For instance, we are saying now that we can't afford to do anything about pollution but after the costs of not doing something about pollution have multiplied many fold beyond what it would cost to correct it now, we will spend many fold what it would cost us now to correct it. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
366:Take the initiative. Go to work, and above all co-operate and don't hold back on one another or try to gain at the expense of another. Any success in such lopsidedness will be increasingly short-lived. These are the synergetic rules that evolution is employing and trying to make clear to us. They are not man-made laws. They are the infinitely accommodative laws of the intellectual integrity governing universe. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
367:If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do... How would I be? What would I do? We may now care for each Earthian individual at a sustainable billionaire's level of affluence while living exclusively on less than 1 percent of our planet's daily energy income from our cosmically designed nuclear reactor, the Sun, optimally located 92 million safe miles away from us. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
368:However, if we leave the industrial machinery and their energy-distribution networks and leave them also all the people who have routine jobs operating the industrial machinery and distributing its products, and we take away from all the industrial countries all their ideologies and all the politicians and political machine workers, people would keep right on eating. Possibly getting on a little better than before. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
369:You do not belong to you. You belong to the universe. The significance of you will remain forever obscure to you, but you may assume you are fulfilling your significance if you apply yourself to converting all you experience to highest advantage to others. Make the world work, for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
370:Children are born true scientists. They spontaneously experiment and experience and reexperience again. They select, combine, and test, seeking to find order in their experiences - "which is the mostest? which is the leastest?" They smell, taste, bite, and touch-test for hardness, softness, springiness, roughness, smoothness, coldness, warmness: they heft, shake, punch, squeeze, push, crush, rub, and try to pull things apart. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
371:The things to do are: the things that need doing: that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done. Then you will conceive your own way of doing that which needs to be done - that no one else has told you to do or how to do it. This will bring out the real you that often gets buried inside a character that has acquired a superficial array of behaviors induced or imposed by others on the individual. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
372:[A]ll the categories of creatures act individually as special-case and may be linearly analyzed; retrospectively, it is discoverable that inadvertently they are all interaffecting one another synergetically as a spherical, interprecessionally regenerative, tensegrity spherical integrity. Geodesic spheres demonstrate the compressionally discontinuous--tensionally continuous integrity. Ecology is tensegrity geodesic spherical programming. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
373: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. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
374: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. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
375:Here is God's purpose - For God, to me, it seems, is a verb not a noun, proper or improper; is the articulation not the art, objective or subjective; is loving, not the abstraction "love" commanded or entreated; is knowledge dynamic, not legislative code, not proclamation law, not academic dogma, not ecclesiastic canon. Yes, God is a verb, the most active, connoting the vast harmonic reordering of the universe from unleashed chaos of energy. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
376:Every time man makes a new experiment he always learns more. He cannot learn less. He may learn that what he thought was true was not true. By the elimination of a false premise, his basic capital wealth which in his given lifetime is disembarrassed of further preoccupation with considerations of how to employ a worthless time-consuming hypothesis. Freeing his time for its more effective exploratory investment is to give man increased wealth. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
377:I haven't learned
How or why
Universe contrived to implode
And intellectually code
The myriadly unique
Chromosomically orchestrated
DNA-RNA,
Quadripartite moleculed,
Binary paired,
Helically extended
And unzippingly dichotomied
Regenerative symphonic
jazz, as
A one and two,
Three and four
Me---You,
Thee---They
And more
Thine and mine,
Sweet citizen,
THYMINE-CYTOSINE
GUANINE-ADENINE ~ R Buckminster Fuller
378:Children, as well as grown-ups, in their individual, glorified, drudgery-proof homes of Labrador, the tropics, the Orient, or where you will, to which they can pass with pleasure and expedition by means of ever-improving transportation, will be able to tune in their television and radio to the moving picture lecture of, let us say, President Lowell of Harvard; the professor of Mathematics of Oxford; of the doctor of Indian antiquities of Delhi, etc. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
379:Think of it. We are blessed with technology that would be indescribable to our forefathers. We have the wherewithal, the know-it-all to feed everybody, clothe everybody, and give every human on Earth a chance. We know now what we could never have known before - that we now have the option for all humanity to make it successfully on this planet in this lifetime. Whether it is to be Utopia or Oblivion will be a touch-and-go relay race right up to the final moment. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
380: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. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
381:I have to say, I think that we are in some kind of final examination as to whether human beings now, with this capability to acquire information and to communicate, whether we're really qualified to take on the responsibility we're designed to be entrusted with. And this is not a matter of an examination of the types of governments, 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? ~ R Buckminster Fuller
382:So long as mathematicians can impose up-and-down semantics upon students while trafficking personally in the non-up-and-down advantages of their concise statements, they can impose upon the ignorance of man a monopoly of access to accurate processing of information and can fool even themselves by thought habits governing the becoming behavior of professional specialists, by disclaiming the necessity of, or responsibility for, comprehensive adjustment of the a priori thought to total reality of universal principles. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
383:All the present bureaucracies of political governments, great religious organizations, and all big businesses find that physical success for all humanity would be devastating to the perpetuation of their ongoing activities. This is because all of them are founded on the premise of ameliorating individual cases while generally exploiting on behalf of their respective political, religious, or business organizations the condition of no-where-nearly-enough-life-support-for-all and its resultant great human suffering and discontent. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
384:The dark ages still reign over all humanity, and the depth and persistence of this domination are only now becoming clear. This Dark Ages prison has no steel bars, chains, or locks. Instead, it is locked by misorientation and built of misinformation. Caught up in a plethora of conditioned reflexes and driven by the human ego, both warden and prisoner attempt meagerly to compete with God. All are intractably skeptical of what they do not understand. We are powerfully imprisoned in these Dark Ages simply by the terms in which we have been conditioned to think. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
385:Today’s news consists of aggregates of fragments. Anyone who has taken part in any event that has subsequently appeared in the news is aware of the gross disparity between the actual and the reported events. We also learn frequently of prefabricated and prevaricated evens of a complex nature purportedly undertaken for the purposes wither of suppressing or rigging the news, which in turn perverts humanity’s tactical information resources. All history becomes suspect. Probably our most polluted resource is the tactical information to which humanity spontaneously reflexes. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
386:Today's news consists of aggregates of fragments. Anyone who has taken part in any event that has subsequently appeared in the news is aware of the gross disparity between the actual and the reported events. We also learn frequently of prefabricated and prevaricated evens of a complex nature purportedly undertaken for the purposes wither of suppressing or rigging the news, which in turn perverts humanity's tactical information resources. All history becomes suspect. Probably our most polluted resource is the tactical information to which humanity spontaneously reflexes. ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
387:We speak erroneously of "artificial" materials, "synthetics", and so forth. The basis for this erroneous terminology is the notion that Nature has made certain things which we call natural, and everything else is "man-made", ergo artificial. But what one learns in chemistry is that Nature wrote all the rules of structuring; man does not invent chemical structuring rules; he only discovers the rules. All the chemist can do is find out what Nature permits, and any substances that are thus developed or discovered are inherently natural. It is very important to remember that. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
388:At first the, only subconsciously apprehended, approaching confluences of complex events make themselves known intuitively within the intellectual weather. Then comes a gradually awakening consciousness of the presence of new families of differentiating-out challenging concepts of every day prominence. It is with these randomly patterning families of separate concepts that evolution is about to deal integratively. As a now specific unitary problem it may be disposed of effectively when and if that unified problem becomes "adequately stated" and thereby comprehensibly solvable. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
389: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. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
390:Something hit me very hard once, thinking about what one little man could do. Think of the Queen Mary — the whole ship goes by and then comes the rudder. And there's a tiny thing at the edge of the rudder called a trimtab.
It's a miniature rudder. Just moving the little trim tab builds a low pressure that pulls the rudder around. Takes almost no effort at all. So I said that the little individual can be a trimtab. Society thinks it's going right by you, that it's left you altogether. But if you're doing dynamic things mentally, the fact is that you can just put your foot out like that and the whole big ship of state is going to go.
So I said, call me Trimtab. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
391:We should 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. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
392:We should 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.
   ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
393:We are in an age that assumes the narrowing trends of specialization to be logical, natural, and desirable. Consequently, society expects all earnestly responsible communication to be crisply brief. Advancing science has now discovered that all the known cases of biological extinction have been caused by overspecialization, whose concentration of only selected genes sacrifices general adaptability. Thus the specialist’s brief for pinpointing brevity is dubious. In the meantime, humanity has been deprived of comprehensive understanding. Specialization has bred feelings of isolation, futility, and confusion in individuals. It has also resulted in the individual’s leaving responsibility for thinking and social action to others. Specialization breeds biases that ultimately aggregate as international and ideological discord, which in turn leads to war. ~ R Buckminster Fuller
394:Few realize that political action offers little solution to the world’s major problems. Few understand that the elite have created political parties in order to prevent real change from ever taking place. The political arena is merely the “sty” in which two or more mutually hostile agencies, created by the same hidden hand, get the chance to pummel one another. As alternative researcher Juri Lina so brilliantly put it: When the left wing Freemason is finished, the right-wing Freemason takes over The point has been emphasized by many an insider: The elementary principle of all deception is to attract the enemy’s attention to what you wish him to see and to distract his attention from what you so not wish him to see – General Sir Archibald Wavel The world’s power structures have always ‘divided to conquer’ and have always ‘kept divided to keep conquered.’ As a consequence the power structure has so divided humanity – not only into special function categories but into religious and language and color categories – that individual humans are now helplessly inarticulate in the face of the present crisis. They consider their political representation to be completely corrupted, therefore, they feel almost utterly helpless ~ R Buckminster Fuller
395:I figure...

...that the people are now more deeply conscious than ever before in history of the existence and functioning principles of universal, inexorable physical laws; of the pervading, quietly counseling truth within each and every one of us; of the power of love; and--each man by himself--of his own developing, dynamic relationship with his own conception of the Almightiness of the All-Knowing.

...that our contemporaries just don't wear their faith on their sleeves anymore.

...that people have removed faith from their sleeves because they found out for themselves that faith is much too important for careless display. Now they are willing to wait out the days and years for the truthful events, encouraged individually from within; and the more frequently the dramatic phrases advertising love, patriotism, fervent belief, morals, and good fellowship are plagiarized, appropriated and exhibited in the show windows of the world by the propaganda whips for indirect and ulterior motives, no matter how meager the compromise--the more do people withdraw within themselves and shun taking issue with the nauseating perversions, though eternally exhibiting quiet indifference, nonchalance or even cultivating seemingly ignorant acceptance. ~ R Buckminster Fuller

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