Tradesmen must not (top photo)
Let me begin by saying the sort of discrimination and mentality indicated by the sign above is not my idea of excellent at all – except – by the time I grew familiar with this sign – because it was on the front of one of many buildings I lived in, as a kid – the rules it laid out were long since obsolete.
It wasn’t there as a warning, but as a combination of historical oddity and ironic joke. But my young mind didn’t care about that – I was bothered by that sign every day, and what it said about the way humans so often organize, to do each other down. Some of my earliest political wondering began in that unquiet meditation-beat in every day – so for my growth and empathy, this was an outright helpful discriminating ghost.
Things are so frustrating and chaotic nowadays, that it’s easier than ever to fall prey to the cynical message of those who insist – this is just how humans beings are – competitive to the death in all things and all ages – don’t be a sap, just adjust to it – get your kills in, too.
But not only is our present situation anything but inevitable, it is also in every possible way unnatural – we don’t even abide by our favourite justifying theories. Which means adjusting to something honest, which we could all have a chance of surviving, isn’t a deluded fantasy, it’s a long overdue line of rational planning.
Fortunately, despite all the noise obscuring the signals, a whole lot of excellent work has already been done on how we can do better as a species – what we really need at this point, is a way for everyone to meet at one basic reality.
Not agree – this important – there will always be disagreements about interpretation and priority – but if we can at least agree about physical reality, we can address that in a physically rational way, and hope that such eminently practical arrangements spread more widely, sharpish!
Buckminster Fuller is one of my greatest personal heroes because he never stopped trying to improve the survival odds of humanity – even when humanity seemed gleefully determined to harm itself.
He also refused to resort to fuzzy or emotionalist thinking, but went for science and design, every time – seeking to make things so superior to old wasteful approaches that they’d be adopted spontaneously – in consumerist terms, sell themselves.
As brilliant as many of them are, he’s still far better judged on that and his many other ideas about the world, than the strength of any one of his designs.
Hard-headed optimist! Relentlessly peaceful and world-embracing! Rigorous, unstoppable and notoriously sweet. He also said the single best thing I’ve ever heard about the aspiration of everyone who really loves conversation. (I must paraphrase).
“Ideally, as we converse, each of us comes to new ideas which would not have been possible for us, without the interchange with the others present!”
Uplift from the downdraft – scaling the behemoth with leverage, too.
Check this one out. Best show yet, no kidding.