by R. Buckminster Fuller

(reprinted from a newspaper article I read many years ago)


                  Humanity is in 'final exam' as to whether it qualifies for continuance in the Universe.  At the present time, muscle, cunning, fear, and selfishness are in powerful control of human affairs. 

                  If you want, you can throw your weight into the balancing of humanity's fate.  While you could be "the straw that breaks the camel's back", you can also be the straw - the straw of intellect, initiative, unselfishness, integrity, competence and love - whose effective tension saves us.

                  The invisible straws that can save us are those individuals who dare to steer their course only by truth, strange as the realized truth may often seem - unfamiliar as the way may seem.

                  When we speak of integrity, we are not talking about loyalty to your mother, your friends, or your boss, who told you how to behave and think.  In speaking of truth we are not talking about the position to take that seems to put you in the most favorable light, but rather what is revealed to you.

                  The integrity of your enthusiasm for the success of all humanity is critical.  Are you spontaneously enthusiastic about everyone having everything you can have?

                  Although I never "tell" anyone what to do with their life, I will quote from a letter I wrote to a young man explaining to him what I have been trying to do since 1927:


"The things to do are: the things that need doing, that you see need to be done, and that no else seems to see need to be done.  Then you will conceive your own way of doing that which needs to be done - that no one else has told you to do or how to do it.  This will bring out the real you that often gets buried inside a character that has acquired a superficial array of behaviors induced or imposed by others on the individual.

                  Try making experiments of anything you conceive and are intensely interested in.  Don't be disappointed if something doesn't work.  That is what you want to know - the truth about everything - and then the truth about combinations of things.

                  You have what is most important in life - initiative.  You will find that the world responds to your earnest initiative."


Sincerely yours,

Buckminster Fuller



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