Buckminster Fuller was constantly encouraging each of us to follow in his footsteps and take responsibility for everything in our lives and our reality. This includes our future both as individuals and as a species. “We the people” have the power and the duty to do take that responsibility, but first we need to wake up from the collective unconscious that surrounds us most of the time.
We could go out into the wilderness or sailing far out on the ocean attempting to escape this societal coma that Einstein called our optical delusion. However, we can never really escape this reality or the future that our actions in this moment are creating. We can actually predict our future by inventing it with conscious actions in this moment. In other words, our current thoughts and actions will not only predict our future, they will create (or invent) it. In many ancient traditions, this is called karma.
It seems simple, but many people have worked for generations if not multiple lives to develop their skill in inventing a sustainable positive future for themselves and future generations. This is a very wise strategy if one believes that we continue to reincarnate until we learn our lessons. And even if one does not believe in reincarnation or karma, why no live the best lives we can with love, compassion and concern for all life on the planet Bucky named Spaceship Earth. It certainly can’t hurt anything, and it might just help quite a bit.
Even more important, none of us needs any approval or agreement from anyone else to become such a “conscious, mindful inventor of the future.” We just need to wake up, take notice of our actions and mindfully choose actions and behaviors that are more likely to create the future we want to invent.
Quite naturally, such actions will be sustainable, compassionate and considerate as well as follow the Golden Rule. It’s in our DNA to be loving global citizens as well as good stewards of our planet. When freed from the illogical constraints created by the minority of people who control much of our “modern reality,” people spontaneously move toward actions and thoughts that are loving, cooperative and supportive of others. That’s how we are wired, and that’s how we will invent the future we all desire.
May all people wake up and help create Bucky’s vision of “a world that works for everyone.”