“We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.” Buckminster Fuller
Buckminster Fuller often said that the first truly global holiday should be celebrated on July 16 because, the date when modern humans initially landed on the Moon in 1969. Our journeys to the Moon represent the first time in recorded history that humans could look out and see our tiny, fragile planet floating in the blackness of space. The men traveling to the moon shared that vision with us via cameras, and the images that they brought back remain icons of this vision.
In those pictures and videos, we see a perspective devoid of the boundaries we were all taught divided us into unique nations, cities and individuals. And with that view we begin to better appreciate the fact that we humans are one people who have a common fate, and we start to understand that we have shifted from a “you or me” world to a “you and me” world just as Bucky Fuller said was necessary.
Within that win / win context, everybody succeeds or nobody succeeds. It does not matter how much money or power you have if there is no clean air to breathe or clean water to drink. You could be the most spiritual loving person on the planet, but without uncontaminated food and a stable climate, no humans will survive.
Accordingly, we need everyone’s contribution, gifts and cooperation for our species to survive and thrive. This is not something to be considered by scholars for decades. Those days are over, and the time left to take significant action in creating a sustainable reality on Spaceship Earth is running out, and human beings are precariously close to becoming an extinct species.
Each of us needs to consider all of our actions (both individual and societal) in light of the fact that we are dangerously close to destroying the only planet that we have available to us. Recycling and composing on an individual basis makes us feel good, but these are a mere “spit in the ocean” when we look at what really needs to be accomplished. We’re too close to the point of no return (if we haven’t already crossed over it) to think that using more efficient light bulbs or eliminating plastic bags will save our endangered species.
What is needed today is the shift from a focus on weaponry to a focus on livingry. We need to realize that there are enough resources on the planet to support everyone if we stop attempting to kill each other. As Bucky reminded us so often,
“War is obsolete” and
“Politics is obsolete if not lethal.”
Our tiny planet can no longer support our warring ways. It’s time for the major shift that Bucky began talking about in 1927. It’s time to create his vision of “a world that works for everyone.” It’s time to honor and respect our beautiful Mother Earth and all that she provides for us.
May we all come to realize and experience the bounty and abundance we have been blessed with.