“If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference.” – Buckminster Fuller
Buckminster Fuller said it in almost every one of his “thinking out loud” lectures. In fact, it was the last thing that he said publicly. Only integrity is going to count, and individual personal integrity is the key to humankind’s success or failure. In other words, how each of us acts really does make a difference. Just as the butterfly flapping its wings in South America affects the weather in Wyoming, our thoughts and actions do matter and do change the course of events.
Bucky was a champion of “the little individual” as he called himself and each of us. We’re not large corporations or governments or organizations. We’re simply individuals who can and do make a difference, especially when we operate from a core of personal integrity. That’s the key, and Bucky knew it.
He also knew that we have reached a point in our evolution when the success or failure of our entire species and all life on Earth can be greatly influenced by a single individual. That’s a key reason he lived the last 56 years of his life as a personal experiment using himself as “Guinea Pig B” to determine and document what one individual could achieve that could not be accomplished by any corporation, organization or government no matter how large or powerful. His accomplishments serve as proof that one person can influence the course of history.
Bucky was able to make major differences that continue to ripple throughout humankind and the tiny planet he named Spaceship Earth. He also reminded audiences over and over that he was an ordinary individual with no special talents and that each of us can do what he did and more.
This is particularly true when we operate from the perspective that we humans are being put through a “final examination” to determine if “humans are a worthwhile to Universe experiment.” In other words, are we as a species and as individuals living up to our potential? Are we discovering and contributing our unique gifts on behalf of a sustainable culture here on Earth?
If we are, we will survive and thrive. If not, we are doomed to experience failure in the near future. That’s the critical aspect of integrity both personal and societal. We as individuals, however, must first attend to our personal integrity. We need to speak out when we perceive injustice. We need to act in support of all life on Earth. And we need to realize that systems like politics and war are obsolete and cannot continue.
As Bucky often said – its touch and go. Still, success is possible, and the actions that each of us choose to take do make a major difference in the scheme of things.
May we all recognize our core integrity and use that integrity to take effective and efficient action on behalf of all humankind.