“It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a matter of converting the high technology from weaponry to livingry.”
Today is architect Richard Buckminster Fuller’s birthday! A proponent of the neo-futuristic movement, his best-known work is the geodesic dome Montreal Biosphère, built for the Montreal Expo in 1967. [Battlestar Galactica fans will remember it from the episode “Greetings from Earth.”] But by no means did he confine himself just to architecture, also dabbling in transportation, housing, and even coining the term “Spaceship Earth." But then, what would you expect from a non-conformist misfit who got expelled from Harvard twice.
Stamp details: Stamp on top: Issued on: July 12, 2004 From: Stanford, CA SC #3870
Middle left: Issued on: April 26, 2000 From: Ngerulmud, Palau SW #1676
Middle right: Issued on: November 1, 1967 From: Say'un, Kathiri SW #166
Stamp on bottom: Issued on: November 28, 1967 From: Bucharest, Romania MC #2635
R.Buckminster Fuller. Architectural Forum May 1952, 141 “Enclosed within a geodesic sphere of short steel components, the seven production floors assume a mushroom shape which would be enclosed with a stretched plastic skin”
Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person.