A Man Who Believed in Mankind

R. Buckminster Fuller: 1895-1983

He was an American original, a cranky genius and an ingenious crank. He liked to call himself "an engineer, inventor, mathematician, architect, cartographer, philosopher, poet, cosmologist, comprehensive designer and choreographer." He was also a mystical optimist who believed in the survival of mankind against whatever odds.

Through technology, R. (for Richard) Buckminster Fuller would say, "man can do anything he needs to do." He urged young people to "reform the environment instead of trying to reform man." He argued, in the face of the Malthusian theory of human overpopulation and...

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