When Buckminster Fuller made this statement just prior to his death in 1983, humankind’s predicament was far less perilous than it is now. In the past thirty years, we have gone farther and farther down a path of self-destruction as we continue to squander valuable resources and not live in integrity as a species and - for most of people - as individuals.
Integrity means recognizing that we are part of Nature, and, as such, we need to live within Nature’s parameters. One critical limitation is sustainability. Everything in Nature is sustainable. Each element has a beginning, middle and ending, but when it the element has completed its lifecycle all the resources required to create and sustain that entity go back into the greater cycle of life to support other beings.
Humans have yet to accept such a creation cycle in most of our societal behaviors. We continue to construct artifacts that are not sustainable within the comprehensive environment, and we do not mirror Nature and her Generalized Principles. Thus, we find ourselves even closer to the precipice of disaster than was true back in 1983 when Bucky warned us of our potential destruction.
May all people wake up to the reality of our precarious situation and begin to mirror the integrity of Nature.