Transcending Material Scarcity

Just listened to an hour length interview of Allegra Fuller Snyder and Jamie Snyder (daughter and grandson of Buckminster Fuller).

Some of the main points I got out of the video:

  • Bucky’s belief that all children are born geniuses with a comprehensive view which is drummed out of them by a school system which compartmentalizes thought processes.
  • In the face of such big problems as global warming, there is a tendency for people to feel hopeless and helpless. Allegra pulled out her shopping bag, noting that in the course of a day shopping, she might save 15 or 20 bags. This may seem incredibly insignificant, but “each one of us can do these very, very small things that add up to the big thing. The individual must feel absolutely responsible and effective within their everyday life.
  • As of 2001, of a world population of 6.5 billion; 1.5 billion is in extreme poverty (not making it); 1.5 billion are in moderate poverty (basic needs met, have food, shelter); 2.5 billion are middle income (basic needs met; have a little put away); one billion are wealthy (the rest of us)

Very encouraging ending with Jamie saying:

“One of the fundamental insights that he (Buckminster Fuller) presented was that for the first time in history, we’ve learned to do so much with so little in terms of resources; so for the first time in history, we have the potential to sustain 100% of humanity in a way that is ecologically sustainable while phasing out the use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy. That’s very central. AND

It is important to realize that there is a very large global consensus now; there is a very large coalition of people around the world who now understand that we can end poverty on the planet.”

Listen to the interview at <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj_lyn0982E&gt;

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My blog will be random musings about a variety of subjects including, but not restricted to, interior and exterior impressions along a probably well travelled road but which for me has been brand new unexplored territory.
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