A vision for the future
by Calvin Trent

From the early 1930’s through his death in 1983, Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller was an increasingly well-known global visionary with a twofold mission.

1. To demonstrate and document what one individual could achieve that could not be accomplished by any institution or organization no matter how affluent or powerful.

2. To advocate and work for the success of all life on the planet he named Spaceship Earth.

Long before the term ecology became a household word, he asserted that humankind was on an enormous shift in which resources had to be consciously recycled in order to survive and thrive. He also collected the data to prove that when we recycled resources we were doing more with less. Therefore, we would be able to do so much more with so much less ..... that we could support everyone on Earth!

Today, we have the data to prove that Bucky was correct. Still, we are faced with rampant poverty and a feeling that we cannot make a difference with our lives. Many of us have also been convinced that only large institutions, corporations, governments and organizations can alter the course of our society.

Bucky proved the truth to be the exact opposite of that belief. Throughout his life, writing, inventions and lectures, he demonstrated and documented just how much an AVERAGE individual can achieve. His life is particularly important because his 1927 epiphany ( big insight about his life) led him to understand that he was not a useless “throwaway” person. He dedicated himself to the welfare of all humankind rather than just himself or his family. Thus, he began working on behalf of his fellow humans well before most people had even begun to consider that comprehensive global thinking and action were important.

Most people during his lifetime were thinking just about themselves and their family, and did not look at the big picture..... Nor think about how important one person can be. Bucky woke us up.

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