If we are to follow the road towards a mutually beneficial world, as I suggested in my last post, Human Together, that means we need to envision the world as a space which exists for the fulfillment of all human beings. Collectively that would be the current total of all 7.19 billion of us.
And I mean more than just a generalized collective fulfillment, a sort of diffused human pleasantness. But actually, the specific individual fulfillment of each of those billions of humans. That is to say that the world should be a world for us all, for each and everyone of us transpiring on this earth.
After having wrote the above 2 paragraphs, I stumbled upon this quote of Buckminster Fuller: ““To make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.”
The comment was made regardings his proposal for a World Game in which people would propose solutions to world problems. I found it in Marina Gorbis’ stimulating book, The Nature of the Future, where it is quoted from the collection, Buckminster Fuller: Anthology for a New Millennium.
Exploring this quote online turned up the following Buckminster Fuller quote: “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 War is obsolete.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 mater of converting the high technology from weaponry to livingry.”
These 2 comments of Fuller’s are exactly what I intened to discuss when I started this post, and I’m grateful for the serendipity that brought them to me. This issue of exploring how we can make this world work for all of us is really the central purpose of this blog, it’s raison d’etre.
The title of this post obviously implies that the world doesn’t currently work well for all of us. Who doesn’t the world work for? One way to answer that would be to point to all the people who are victims of the sufferings I discuss in my post, The Sorrows of the World.
In particular, you would have to include the hungry, the destitute, those living in squalor, those without adequate sanitation, clean water, access to healthcare, access to decent education, those victimized by wars, the refugees of those wars, and other victims of violence and torture. You would then have to broaden that out to include varying degrees and various manifestations of the world not working for all people.
In considering it deeply, you would have to include all of those who are either excluded from or broken by the world: the homeless, the neglected, the mentally ill, alcoholics and drug addicts, and even prisoners, who while being victimizers are at the same time victims of the world, people who didn’t find a better solution to the problem of their existence.
And because it doesn’t work for all people, in a sense this affects all of us to some extent. First, because there is a precariousness to everyone’s life, everyone is subject to the possibility of having the world not work for them. No matter how well it might be working at any given instant, the winds of change might also bring stormy weather.
And further because the lives of everyone on this planet are intermingled, those whom the world doesn’t work so well for might manifest the shortcomings of their lives by disrupting our lives (either inadvertently or intentionally). And on the inmost level of our experiencing the world, those whom the world truly works best will be discomforted by their knowing of the sufferings of others.
This failure of the world to work for all humans should come to be seen to be seen as an unsatisfactory outcome. If we perceive deeply the fundamental equivalence of all humans, and truly appreciate what it is to be human, and all of the possibilities inherent in each human born into this world, then we must aspire to a world which works towards the flourishing of all humans and all of life.
- Human Together
- The Human Ideology