Is Money Destroying Our World?
My mentor is a great departed American R Buckminster Fuller whom we are all starting to hear more and more about. Considered by many as one of the most important humans of the 20th Century he invested the last 55 years of his life seeking to make human beings a physical success on this beautiful planet.
He was clear that it was absolutely possible, and he was equally clear that you can’t make money and sense at the same time, they are mutually exclusive.
As a close colleague of Henry Ford senior Fuller designed and built an amazing Dimaxion car (see video below) and his Dimaxion house that took 15 minutes to complete all the housework … and this was in 1930’s.
Fuller’s intention with his designs was to “to make sense” and provide an artifact that helped humanity become a physical success on planet earth, not to just make money. Speaking of making sense reminds me of an article I saw short time ago where Volkswagen gave their design engineers a task to deign a small fuel efficient car capable of achieving 500mpg I think the figure was. The designers took on the task, and the result a car that never reached the production line but exceeded the deign brief by achieving 1,000mpg I think the figure was.
Fuller also said that the vast majority of people are being what he called ‘unevidently selfish’ … i.e. we look like we care, but underneath we’re actually improving ‘our lot’ even at the expense of others which means we do not believe or do not understand there is plenty, in fact an incredible abundance for everyone.
And the critical point is that since around 1970 this is no longer integrity, i.e. it no longer works.
Today we spend over 2 1/2 times the amount of money we need to provide a very high standard of living for everyone on our planet, just to ensure that the naughty, the bad, the wrong person doesn’t get more than they should. Sounds insane that we are spending more than 2 1/2 times more money so that we don’t have what we all want.
In 1952 Fuller declared that we now had the resources and the know how to provide for every human being on earth at a very high standard of living. He actually saw that this was quickly becoming possible in 1917.
“Being a technologist and US Navy officer of the line in World War I, I realized back in 1917 that
the possibility of doing progressively ever more with ever less might mean that at some not too distant date we might attain such a magnitude of accomplishing more work with so much less resources that we would be able to take care of all humanity at an unprecedentedly high standard of living.” — R Buckmister Fuller. p111, Cosmography c1983
This was then proven in 1971 by a group of some 1600 International Scientists, that for the first time in history we had the capacity to provide for everyone of earth. Fuller also said that when we actually understand that, and we start working cooperatively rather than competing, we will create 4.5 billion billionaires (c1970).
Today that could equate to ten billion billionaires (http://10billionbillionaires.org), and one of the design goals of Your Healthy Planet.com’s cooperative marketing place which is getting closer and closer to it’s launch.
“If you were spending one thousand dollars a day and you had one million dollars to spend you would last approx 3 1/3 years …. BUT if you had one billion dollars and spent one thousand dollars a day it would take you 3,300 years to run out of money. There’s a BIG difference between one million and one billion dollars.” — you can do the maths.
Another one of Buckminster Fuller’s many students is Robert Kiyosaki, best selling author, entrepreneur, businessman and educator who in his latest book, “Conspiracy of the Rich” talks of how money today is debt.
Money was once tied to the gold standard but that hasn’t been the case since 1971 at least as far as the US dollar is concerned. Many other currencies followed suit and the chart below shows what has happened to Australia’s foreign debt … we borrow money from non residents and we also loan money overseas, but the gap is widening dramatically.
This week Australia’s government handed down it’s budget for the coming (election) year and it’s yet another deficit at a time when we have a resources boom?
What startled me was one reporter saying that the proposed budget would eliminate Australia’s debt within three years. The proposal is to bring the budget into surplus (ie to START repaying our overseas debt) within three years. If a financial reporter for a National television channel doesn’t understand what is really going on, how many Australian residents understand?
Having such a large debt means working harder to pay it off … that seems to make sense doesn’t it? Perhaps it doesn’t make sense, but could in fact be aggravating the problem.
Fuller proposed back in 1970’s that the US economy would be better off, and the environment better off if the government paid 70% of the workers (the audititors and checkers and the checkers of the checkers) who produce no real wealth (wealth as life support systems) pay them $1000 a day to stay home.
Instead of spending hours traveling to work (and producing no life support) these workers are polluting the environment, often damaging their health through stress and ‘being in the rat race’, when they could be home nurturing their family and looking for local problems they can go to work on to make human beings a physical success.
Finally, that point back in 1971 (or earlier) was a tipping point, a little like in 400BC when Copernicus, I think it was discovered that the world was a sphere rotating around the sun … this was kept secret from 99% of the population for 1800 years.
The fact today is that we have more than enough wealth, more than enough food, clothing, shelter to have everyone living a billionaires lifestyle within a very short time … in as short a time as ten years with a comprehensive deign revolution!
The real context of life on earth today is abundance … there is no scarcity, and it is no longer integrity for any person to live their life solely for themselves.
It is no longer “you or me” but now it is “you and me”, that’s why there is chaos … and with the internet and networking capabilities exploding all over the modern world it could happen very quickly that this message sweeps around the globe and as Fuller said, it may only take us ten years to transform the world and yes, make human beings a physical success.
It isn’t money that is destroying our world, rather our attitude to money and our ignorance of what is actually going on around us.
“This Dark Ages prison has no steel bars, chains, or locks. Instead, it is locked by misorientation and built of misinformation. …..
“We are powerfully imprisoned in these Dark Ages simply by the terms in which we have been conditioned to think.” — R Buckminster Fuller p1, Cosmography c1983
Is it possible that is our mission here is to make human beings a physical success?
All the best.