What Did Buckminster Fuller Mean By “Unevident Selfishness”?
Like many of Fuller’s terms and words there is a clarity and a point that cannot be mistaken.
When I first heard the phrase “unevident selfishness” I felt something ‘hit me’ in the gut … and I stopped the CD to listen again. “People appearing as though they care, and doing good things”, but according to the presenter, the late R Buckminster Fuller in reality they are actually selfish, and doing their best to conceal it.
People interested in bettering their own position.
Isn’t that what we should be doing in our life? I’m sure most would agree, however when you understand there is abundance available, enough for everyone on our planet to be living the lifestyle of a billionaire then it is no longer integrity, (ie it no longer works) and that is what Fuller is saying.
It simply no longer works to be focused on bettering your own position, and everything we see in economies around the world are evidence of this fact. It doesn’t work for one country to try to do better than another, for one person to try and do better than another (especially at the expense of others), it simply keeps in place the old context that there isn’t enough and it creates more problems, more upsets and more ‘scarcity’.
If you have studied some of Buckminster Fuller’s amazing work you will know that he was not making anyone wrong for their “unevident selfishness”, he was just stating a fact, stating what is so … what indeed was happening then in the 1980’s and unfortunately is still happening all over our planet.
The set of CD’s I was listening to are of a wonderful day back on February 26th, 1983 … a day proclaimed as Integrity Day by the City of LA and the State of California. It was proclaimed in honor of Buckminster Fuller and the incredible achievements, artifacts and education this one man produced over a period of some 55 years. The CD set is available from the Buckminster Fuller Institute (http://www.bfi.org).
Fuller was 87 years at the time and had devoted his life to making human beings a physical success on planet earth. He never focused on making a ‘profit’, however over the last thirty years of his incredible life his average gross income he says exceeded three hundred thousand dollars. In today’s dollars that would be more than two million dollars a year.
How could this be?
Here’s a man who always focused on “making sense … rather than making money”, on providing for others rather than himself, and yet a handsome flow of money came in; sufficient for him to complete the work he felt needed to be done. His accomplishments are many … he authored 23 books and was awarded 40 plus honorary doctorates, circumnavigated the globe over fifty times and held many patents.
Some of Fuller’s most memorable artifacts include the geodesic dome of which more than 100,000 large domes exist (many being large sports stadiums and entertainment centers), his incredible dimaxion house and the dimaxion omni-vehicle (ultimately it would be designed to travel on land, water and air).
Given that we do have an epidemic of “unevident selfishness”, what do we do about it?
A much better question (since I learned that many of us “hide behind we” and therefore don’t do anything) is:
” … what can I do about it?”
Now it is easy to think, or to say “There’s nothing I can do” and yet you know for a fact that as soon as two people agree on a particular course of action miracles start to happen.
This is the very essence of Buckminster Fuller’s work … that the physical success of human beings is in our hands, yet there is an enormous selfishness that persists. This selfishness is indeed robbing us of the abundant future our planet earth has waiting for us … a future of 10 billion billionaires.
Our physical success is dependent on each of us taking responsibility, and most importantly helping others to do the same … and building a momentum of successful actions towards a sustainable future that becomes unstoppable.
I propose that every human being can think of a dozen or more small actions they can take immediately, or work towards that will increase the likelyhood of everyone on planet earth enjoying life to the fullest and on human beings becoming a physical success.
What are some examples of the things you are doing to make human beings a physical success?
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