Although most people involved in the Occupy Movement do not realize it, the vision of creating “a world that works for everyone” was first advocated by Buckminster Fuller nearly 90 years ago. Fuller was constantly contending that big corporations and the military industrial complex were the cause of many of humankind’s problems. This is a cultural trend that has been growing since the dawn of civilization as we all seek more freedom.
It must also be noted that he said that multi-national corporations also hold the best hope for creating a successful global strategy because they have broken through national boundaries. In other words, corporations already have the international systems we need to create a world that works for everyone. They just need to shift their focus from making money to making sense.
One of Fuller’s most famous quotes says it all.
“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. War is obsolete. It is a mater of converting the high technology from weaponry to livingry.”
On the global scale, shifting our resources and attention from weaponry to livingry is the solution to all humankind’s physical problems here on our tiny, fragile Spaceship Earth. It’s just that simple. All we need to do is shift less than half (approximately 40%) of our global military budget from things that take life (weaponry such as the US protecting itself from a Soviet Union invasion or trying to control oil in the Mideast) to things that support life (livingry – food, education, roads, housing, etc.).
In the 1930’s Bucky made a manual inventory of all the world’s resources with no computers or calculators. He correctly determined that we were doing so much more with less resources that we would reach a point when there would be enough to take care of everybody at a higher standard of living than anyone has known. He also determined that the paradigm shift to sufficiency and abundance for all would take place in 1976.
It has now been proven that in 1976 we reached the point where there was enough food on Earth to feed everyone. Still, 50,000 people continue to die of starvation every day while a huge percentage of our resources remain focused on weaponry rather than livingry. This is true of all areas of human existence.
We are living on abundant planet where each of us can have all that we want and need without taking from another. Thus, war and the politics of competition are obsolete. We just need to wake up to the reality of cooperation in which we are all rich beyond our wildest dreams. Then everyone can focus his or her time and energy on the things we love so that we may each make our full contribution to others.
This Bucky Fuller Vision as expressed in “A Fuller View” and his path to global and personal success as expressed in “Buckminster Fuller’s Universe.” It helps manifest the abundant Universe in which we all thrive and prosper while supporting a sustainable culture on Spaceship Earth. And it is available to us all – right here, right now – if we chose to step into it.
May we all come to realize the perspective that we each make a difference in our global struggles for freedom and equality.