Buckminster Fuller was a prolific writer, inventor and speaker. Even at the age of 87, in the last year of his life, he made over 100 of his classic “thinking out loud” lectures. These were not just lectures. They were opportunities for Bucky to share his insights and wisdom in a spontaneous format that generally lasted five to eight hours without a break.
Still, his presentations, writings and inventions were all elegant. They were beautiful because of his discipline to not stop until an artifact was beautiful. He summed up that discipline in the following quote:
In other words, we really don’t have to waste a lot of time thinking about weather or not a project (be it an book, a new technology or washing the dishes) is complete. All we need to do is stand back and see if it is elegant; if it is beautiful.
We humans are internally programmed to create beauty. We intuitively know what it is. People often say, “I can’t really describe it (could be a certain piece of clothing, a book or anything), but I’ll know it when I see it.” That’s because in her or his eyes, this particular thing will appear beautiful.
Nature only designs in perfect beauty. There is nothing ugly in the natural world. Each element and aspect is flawlessly beautiful because it fits perfectly and sustainably into its environment. This is a design concept that humans need to adapt if we are to survive and thrive in Nature’s beautiful environment.
May we all wake up to witness the beauty in our lives - every day and every moment.