Guest Column: Critical Path gives a blueprint for living

The following comments are an expression of the ideology of the renowned inventor, Buckminster Fuller, taken from his book, Critical Path, with minor changes and a final comment by myself. Mr. Fuller presented an appropriate thoughtmanship for living constructively in a world besieged with political, social, health and economic crises.

Fuller notes that since Mathis (1810), it has been assumed by all of the world’s political ideologies that there is a fundamental and lethal inadequacy of resources needed to support life on our planet, and therefore poverty and misery for millions of people is accepted as unavoidable. Although we are collectively convinced that we are coping wisely, justly and practically with this insufficiency, the law of “survival of the fittest” has been universally accepted as true, and the people of the world are preoccupied with competitive individual and sovereign survival with inadequate regard for the survival of others.

This problem is compounded by political and corporate executives who secretly believe they must have as their highest priority the enhancement of their own public image as well as the acquisition of financial excess to accomplish their personal survival goals.

Conversely, Fuller observes, the laws that govern the universe seem to be operating in such a manner as to drive humans and humanity to eventual success through selfless accomplishment in efforts directed at carrying out nature’s objectives. These objectives include the preservation and rejuvenation of the earth’s biosphere and its inhabitants. He refers to as this process as the regeneration of life.

Fuller reasons that the successful regeneration of life growth on this planet is ecologically accomplished always and only as an orderly processional “side effect” of chromosomically-programmed individual survival preoccupations. For example, when the honeybee follows its instinct to gather nectar for food, the side effect is the pollination of the plants it visits (the rejuvenation of life).

Fuller observed that nature does not require any of its species to “earn a living.” He, therefore, assumes humanity was designed to perform an important function in the universe would be discovered through innocent trial and error. Or, in other words, the key to survival of humanity would be the “side effect” of our inherent curiosity and (not earning a living or the competition to be one of the survivors).

So, if experience gives humans insights that honeybees do not have a capacity for what nature’s objectives might be, and if a person committed himself/herself to realization of any of nature’s objectives, Fuller reasoned that nature might economically sustain that activity or any activity directed at cosmic regeneration.

Fuller made it his goal to do so much with so little as to comprehensively and economically sustain success for all humanity, or universally stated, if we learn how to get the most out of our resources and apply that knowledge wisely and humanly, we have enough for everyone, and we could eliminate the need for competitive, lethally-based politics and their ultimate recourse to war.

To accomplish his goal, he deliberately and completely abandoned all that he had been taught to believe. Most people trust in an authority that persuades them to accept as true the dogma, legends and pitches of one or another religious group, political party or promoter. This results in the thoughtless navigation through the process of life on autopilot. We have only to open our eyes to see the devastating effect of this deliberately manipulated political, social and religious collective consciousness on the world’s peoples in terms of poverty, health and political freedom.

Fuller elected to serve nature and to seek nature’s truths through personal observation and experimentation. In fact, his life became his grandest experiment. One of the conditions of Fuller’s life work was that whatever is to be accomplished must never be at the cost of another. Throughout his life, he found that nature evaluated his work. If he was doing what nature wanted, in ways permitted by nature’s principles, he was economically sustained, and vice versa.

Fuller offers his life and life works as an experimental alternative approach to living our lives free from the influence of survival of the fittest mentality and for looking to nature to find solutions to the problems facing humanity and our host planet. It requires of us that we break the bonds of mental and intellectual bondage imposed on us by the power brokers, that we take responsibility for where we find ourselves and decide where we are going with our lives, that we abandon the false security of everyday dogma, that we turn off the TV and rediscover our inherent creativity and problem-solving ability, that we use our brains as our Creator intended and that we accept as part of our responsibility as humans living on spaceship earth, that we are our brother’s keepers.

Following Fuller’s example means that we commit our lives and all of our resources to serving the greatest number of people possible with the least possible expenditure of resources. If he is right, nature will be your employer and benefactor. If he is correct, there is enough for everyone, and I believe he is.

David Mulvain is a nutritionist who lives in Durand.

from the May 30-June 5, 2007, issue

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