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the only truth I know is my own experience

Some wisdom from one enlightened engineer October 2, 2011

Filed under: thoughts — axinia @ 2:20 pm

The enlightened people we know mostly come from some artistic or humanitarian background. It is – alas! – quite a rare case that an enlightened person works in the technical field and makes our life not only more comfortable but also more in tune with the Nature and its wisdom. The  arcitectually monstrous and ecologically unfriendly surroundings and products we consume is a sad evidence for the lack of evolved inventors and technitians.

One of the greatest geniuses representing enlightened inventors was Nicola Tesla whom I admire a lot and posted already about him some years back – check it out here.
Today let me introduce you another great soul of the 20 century.

Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983) was an American engineer, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor and futurist.

Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)

Fuller published more than 30 books, inventing and popularizing terms such as “Spaceship Earth”, ephemeralization, and synergetics. He also developed numerous inventions, mainly architectural designs, the best known of which is the geodesic dome. Carbon molecules known as fullerenes were later named by scientists for their resemblance to geodesic spheres.

However Fuller was not only all that. He was probably one of  the most peculiar and multi-faceted people that lived in the past century. He was an architect, poet, mathematician, ecologist, designer…And simply and enlightend person, probably born relised. Here are some his quotes, just see for yourself:


There is no joy equal to that of being able to work for all humanity and doing what you’re doing well.


I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing—a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process—an integral function of the universe.”


The opposite of nature is impossible.


The nearest each of us can come to God is by loving the truth.


 We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist.


Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.


One of humanity’s prime drives is to understand and be understood. All other living creatures are designed for highly specialized tasks. Man seems unique as the comprehensive comprehender and co-ordinator of local universe affairs.


There will come a time when the proper education of children, by a glorified system of spontaneous education of choice, will be made possible. Education by choice, with its marvelous motivating psychology of desire for truth, will make life ever cleaner and happier, more rhythmical and artistic.


You may very appropriately want to ask me how we are going to resolve the ever-acceleratingly dangerous impasse of world-opposed politicians and ideological dogmas. I answer, it will be resolved by the computer. (1975)


Humans have always unknowingly affected all Universe by every act and thought they articulate or even consider. . . . Realistic, comprehensively responsible, omni-system-considerate, unselfish thinking on the part of humans does absolutely affect human destiny.


It seemed that the time would come evolutionarily when humans might have acquired enough knowledge of generalized principles to permit a graduation from class-two (entropically selfish) evolution into class-one (syntropically cooperative) evolution, thereafter making all the right moves for all the right reasons.

And the most beautiful one: “Life is the spirit incarnate in time”. Amazing, isn’t it?

LOVE, axinia


5 Responses to “Some wisdom from one enlightened engineer”

  1. swapss Says:

    We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living.

    That’s the one I like best. Just tell anybody and they will look at you like you are out of your mind 🙂

    Good to know about this engineer. Will explore 🙂

  2. Billibaldi Says:

    Technical point, on geodesic domes, the Germans were first. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geodesic_dome

  3. Oskari Oleva Says:

    Again I came across to this engineer… thanks for writing this article. I got thoughtful, then inspired, and wrote a story. And btw, I like your blog 🙂

  4. Jules Says:

    Nice and inspiring Blog entry, thanks. What a visionary ! he was dead right about education.

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