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R. Buckminster Fuller

R. Buckminster Fuller, “the planet’s friendly genius” was an architect and engineer who used his life as “…an experiment, to find what a single individual [could] contribute to changing the world and benefiting all humanity.” Reading his Critical Path whilst at University was transformative for me. He remains one of the archetypes of a human being I would like to emulate, as greatly simplified below (characteristics and capabilities), with appropriate strategies as well as measures/milestones that will let me know I’m moving in the right direction. Characteristics Compassionate humanist Writer & philosopher Ecologist & designer Capabilities Eloquence in self-expression Deep knowledge of modern economics and history Drafting/illustrating Milestones Cycle (or run) to and from work every day for a week Write […]

Religion

Religion appears to be a philosophy and a social construct; a memeplex that promulgates and prolongs itself by the structures, edicts and forms it mandates (or less often “recommends”). Religious or spiritual behaviour (ritual, spirituality, mythology and magical thinking or animism) may be as old as the Paleolithic era — between 300,000 and 30,000 years ago i.e. coinciding with the first appearance of Homo neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens. (It’s generally accepted that religion “emerged” some 50,000 years ago, marking the transition from the middle to the upper Paleolithic era, as burial artefacts and cave paintings appear to provide evidence of a belief in “supernatural” entities.) Three major religious groups, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, originated in the Middle East. Smaller minority religions, such as […]

Righting the wrongs

Only if you’re feeling particularly positive & powerful … are you ready for this? A list of things that are potentially annoying, frustrating, boring, stupid or just plain wrong. Eliminate the following things with prejudice as soon as you see the opportunity: money Money is an enabler, an token of value-exchange, essential in modern civilisation, which allows us to procure goods and requisition services. With money, we can create a comfortable life, have less stress and more time to do the things we really love: after all, what future do you want? Working for a salary (or fixed-hour contract) is stupid — by exchanging time for money, we necessarily limit our earning potential (time is finite, therefore money is finite). […]