on himself first, exhaustively:
My Dymaxion Chronofile record demonstrated I had been
positively effective producing life-advantage wealth only
when doing so entirely for others, not for myself: the
larger the number for whom I worked, the more positively
effective I became. Obviously, if I worked always and
only for all humanity, I would be optimally effective.
I had only the remaining days of my life to invest.
To this end, Bucky's:
determination to treat myself as an historical guinea
pig, able to comment objectively regarding my Guinea-pig
B Self: When my subject is being effective, I am glad;
when worriedly procrastinating, I am sad. When it makes
mistakes, I learn the most and am elated. (And I seem
to have made more mistakes than any others of whom I know.)
That is the extent of my prejudice.
Yet, in candor (whose appropriateness
will be empathetically confirmed by any who have similarly
tried): my previously conditioned reflexes frequently
contradicted my intentions, while circumstances beyond
my control converged so powerfully as to divert me from
my intended self-disciplines. It has taken constant disciplining
and re-disciplining to get myself under control to a productively
I sought never to "promote" or "sell" either my ideas
or artifacts or pay others to do so. I sought to produce
irreversible gains, reforming the environment, not the
humans, determining never to try to persuade humanity
to alter its customs and viewpoints. I oriented my comprehensive,
anticipatory design science strategies toward primarily
advantaging the new life to be born within the environment-controlling
devices I was developing.
The success of all humanity can be accomplished only by
a terrestrially comprehensive, technologically competent,
design revolution, developing artifacts whose energy-use
efficiency not only occasions their spontaneous adoption,
but also the inadvertent, unregretted abandonment and
permanent obsolescence of socioeconomically undesirable
Sincerely engaged in trying
to be "anti-entropically" useful to the Universe, how
did he contribute a "fuller" meaning to "renouncement"?:
What humanity rated as "side effects" of their conscious
drives are nature's main effects. I adopted the precessional
"side effects" as my prime objective, focusing all my
effort for the rest of my life to applying the highest
science and technology directly to the realization of
human livingry. Nature would "evaluate" my work. If I
was doing what nature wanted done, undertaking ever more
humanly favorable physical-environment-producing artifact
developments that in fact did improve the chances of all
humanity's successful development and if I was doing it
in promising ways, permitted by nature's principles, I
would find my work being economically sustained-and vice
versa, in which negative case I must quickly seek logically
alternative courses until I found the new course nature
signified her approval of.
Producing ever more effective life-improving results with
ever less investment of weight of materials, ergs of energy,
seconds of time per each measurable level of improved
artifact performance, I was hopeful of finally doing so
much with so little as to implement comprehensive economically
sustainable physical success, eliminating the need for
lethally biased politics and their ultimate recourse to
hot or cold warring.
Fuller's work is grandly antithetical
to Malthus' overridingly influential dog-eat-dog pessimistic
War is obsolete. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness
is unnecessary and henceforth unrationalizable as mandated
by survival. Technologically we now have four billion
billionaires on board Spaceship Earth entirely unaware
of their good fortune.
We have the realistic opportunity to help evolution do
what it is inexorably intent on doing-converting all humanity
into one harmonious world family, producing and sustaining
a higher everyday standard of living for all than ever
heretofore experienced or dreamt of by any. I know what
I am talking about. This is not an opinion or a hope-it
is an engineeringly demonstrable fact, using only the
already proven technology, with the already mined, refined,
and in-recirculating physical resources.
I scientifically documented the emergent invisible chemical,
metallurgical, and electronic more-with-lessing, the accelerating
acceleration and accelerating ephemeralization, trending
toward an ultimate doing of everything with nothing at
all, a trend of the omniweighable physical to be mastered
by the omniweightless metaphysics of intellect.
Deeply involved with the world's great housing crisis,
with making high-performance shelter available to all,
such environment-controlling shells and survival equipment
as produced only by the most advanced aircraft and space
technology and level of technical problem solving.
This brought him: to regard the history of cities,
developing plans for entirely feasible and practical new
ways to live together economically. Utilizing:
floating tetrahedronal cities; air-deliverable skyscrapers;
submarine islands; sub-dry-surface dwellings; domed-over
cities; flyable dwelling machines; and rentable, autonomous-living,
black boxes, man may converge and deploy around Earth
without its depletion.
So what does Buckminster Fuller
say to would-be benefactors, protectors and impellers,
called by who-could-say-what to respond beyond themselves?:
Wishes are reasonable, defining the functions of not-as-yet
invented but highly desirable technology. It is the as-yet-ungratifiable
everyday needs that always inspire inventors. What you
want for yourself may never by gratified. What you want
for everybody, because you can see the total benefits
that can accrue, is usually reasonable and technologically
gratifiable, to be realized possibly within your own generation.
There is no joy equal to being able to work for all humanity
and doing what you're doing well. It is difficult to match
the gratification of not just crudely crafting a plaything
for one child (which indeed can be very rewarding), but
of producing exquisite somethings for a billion children.
Activities of this kind are reinspirational to a mystical
To be optimally effective, undertake at outset the most
comprehensive task in the most comprehensive and incisively
detailed manner.immediately undertake the greatest task
with thorough commitment of attention to every detail.We
are being taught to assume as closely as possible the
viewpoint, the patience, and the competence of God.
Spiritual in a modern, integrated
way, "Ever Re-thinking the Lord's Prayer," Fuller dreamed
and worked for:
An ever-more-truly omniloving, classless, raceless, human
family of Earth's planetarians-all engaged competently
in local Universe information-harvesting and problem-solving,
in successful support of the 100-percent integrity of
eternally regenerative Universe, that being the function
World Game assumes occasioned the inclusion of humans
and their generalized-principles-discovering-minds in
the design of Universe.
In all reality I never "leave home." My backyard has just
grown progressively bigger and more globular until now
the whole world is my spherical backyard. "Where do you
live?" and "What are you?" are progressively less sensible
questions. "At present I am a passenger on Spaceship Earth,"
and "I don't know what I am. I know I am not a category,
a highbred specialization: not a thing-a noun. I am not
flesh. At eighty-five, I have taken in over a thousand
tons of air, food, and water, which temporarily became
my flesh and which progressively disassociated from me.
You and I seem to be verbs-evolutionary processes. Are
we not integral functions of the Universe?"
Realistic, comprehensively responsible, omnisystem-considerate,
unselfish thinking on the part of humans does absolutely
affect human destiny