by Nick Andrea
I believe as R. Buckminster Fuller, Shrii Shrii Anandamurtii, and Jacque Fresco do, that it is possible to provide for everyone’s needs on planet Earth with the resources we have. In fact, I would say it is a moral imperative.
Each human, by virtue of of their being alive, contains the seed of genius within them. All seeds need adequate resources to grow, and we owe it to ourselves to make sure those are provided for each and every one on the planet. Now, I could write a book on that last sentence and maybe I will one day, but I’ll keep the ‘why’ short for now.
Every person has the capacity to live a creative life guided by the same force that guides the stars, that benefits others. There are as many ways to do this as there are individuals to do so. From the tech guru that writes a software that helps Bolivian farmers get more yield from their crops, to the college professor who inspires a student to do great peacemaking work in the Middle East, to the emotional intelligent stay-at-home mother that raises her children to be well balanced individuals, every person is a Buddha in his or her own way.
AND, all Buddhas need healthy food, adequate healthcare, a stimulating education, and other material, emotional, and intellectual provisions in order to realize that potential. There are many Buddhas on this planet that are not able to fully express that Buddhahood BECAUSE they are starving, because they are sick, because they are intellectually oppressed. In fact, I would say that most Buddhas are in that predicament. That is to say, most of us cannot live without selfish concern due to some sort of lack or another that could easily be provided for if we as a species woke up to our essential oneness with one another. Being asleep at the wheel cannot go on.
The world we live on is essentially a boundary-less ecosystem. Any astronaut will confirm that. We need to change the way we think about money and compensation so as to prioritize the cultivation of human capital – that is, humans realizing their God-given potential – over profits. We need to redistribute resources more fairly, equitably, and practically so that all have what they need to develop one’s genius, so that all may have the joy of contributing to others’ happiness without concern for self.
So, this will take some work and some restructuring. I don’t have all the answers – I don’t know that anyone does – but I have the right question, “How do we create a world that works for everyone?”And, we might be doing Buckminster Fuller’s World Game later this year at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. That’s a good start.
So, are you with me on this? If so, let’s get started!