“My reasons for writing this book are fourfold:
(A) Because I am convinced that human knowledge by others of what this book has to say is essential to human survival.
(B) Because of my driving conviction that all of humanity is in peril of extinction if each one of us does not dare, now and henceforth, always to tell only the truth, and all the truth, and to do so promptly – right now.
(C) Because I am convinced that humanity’s fitness for continuance in the cosmic scheme no longer depends on the validity of political, religious, economic, or social organizations, which altogether heretofore have been assumed to represent the many.
(D) Because, contrary to (C), I am convinced that human continuance now depends entirely upon:
Following on from the ‘Planet’ page, where Buckminster Fuller defined the never-ending World Design Task –
“.... to render the total chemical and energy resources of the world, which are now exclusively preoccupied in serving only 44% of humanity, adequate to the service of 100% of humanity, at higher standards of living and total enjoyment than any man has yet experienced,” -- I am trying to follow his advice in point (D) below :
from the Foreword to his Critical Path [Hutchinson, London,1983
a. The intuitive wisdom of each and every individual.
b. The individual’s comprehensive informedness.
c. The individual’s integrity of speaking and acting only on the individual’s own within-self-intuited and reasoned initiative.
d. The individual’s joining action with others, as motivated only by the individually conceived consequences of so doing.
e. The individual’s never-joining action with others, as motivated only by crowd- engendered emotionalism, or by a sense of the crowd’s power to overwhelm, or in fear of holding to the course indicated by one’s own intellectual convictions.”