The Great and Wise Bucky Fuller
The following is an excerpt from the book Cosmography by the Great Buckminster Fuller. He was an American architect, system theorist, author, designer, inventor, futurist and all around genius.
“We have reached the point where no more mining need be done. In my tracking of resource curves, I discovered that the average of all metals recirculates every twenty-two and a half years. Each time they come around again, we have gained so much more know-how and can do so much more for so many more people with so much less in the way of physical resources per function that ultimately we need not mine any more.
Long ago I saw that we could take the metals that are in all of our weaponry, melt them down, and implement them directly for livingry. I see that it is now highly feasible to institute a millennial then-year design revolution that could take care of all humanity at a much higher standard of living than anybody has ever known and could do so on a sustainable basis. During those ten years, we could also phase out forever all further use of fossil fuels and atomic energy. We can live entirely on our energy income from the Sun.
We presently have the technological option to establish 7 billion billionaires on our planet. I saw that humanity, largely unaware of its potential, might not exercise its options in time. A sense of urgency fueled my invention implementation strategies, my writing, and my speaking engagements.
Though we humans are here in Universe to use our minds to discover principles and to employ them objectively, I find that today muscle, cunning, brains, fear, and selfishness are in control of human affairs–not mind. If mind were in control, or comes into control in time, we would certainly exercise our option to have everybody in ascendancy and come to a new kind of operating relationship with the Universe. “