October 5, 2013
Watch the evening news, read a newspaper, view the news online or study a history book and you will find different stories of a similar theme; governments continue to control, torture, dominate, hurt and kill their own. From ancient times to today, governments have been known to end up defaulting to the singular mission of doing whatever they must to serve and preserve their exclusive right to power.
What’s more, the masses tend to clamour for and vote for the politicians who thereafter act with impunity outside of written law. It is a two-headed monster of power brokers and the people who unwittingly support them;
a monster that returns to society generation after generation with the only difference being the names of the politicians, the names of the people who elect them, the time-frame they live in and the technology and fashion of their time-period.
“Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.”
As modern man and woman, we do what we want when we want to achieve what we believe is in our own best interest regardless of how it impacts anyone else.
The solution to this conundrum is as incredibly obvious as it is thought mysterious. If to break the cycle of the acceleration of what I consider societal insanity, we have to look no further than in the mirror back at ourselves.
Flashback to 1983, Buckminster Fuller, age 86, lay in the post-surgery twilight of a hospital recovery room after hip-replacement surgery. Formerly the subject of the cover of the 1964 TIME magazine, he found himself revelling in a new insight; despite his acclaimed accomplishments to create a world that worked for everyone, he realized only personal integrity was going to count.
Called “the Leonardo da Vinci of our times” “Bucky” had “been there and done that” in his career dedicated to bettering humanity. Among many more accomplishments, he was the inventor of the geodesic dome, coined the term, “Spaceship Earth” created a dymaxian map, a futuristic dymaxian car, a world planning mapping process called the World Game and was the author of several books.
After his profound post-surgery realization, Bucky asked his grandson, Jaime Snyder, to design and produce a series of events throughout America called Integrity Days. I had the privilege of co-producing the last of this series in the Bay Area, April 30, 1983. He spoke at each event on the capacity of the “little” individual and the power of personal integrity if to make a real difference for people and the world. Sadly, in less than three months from his last Integrity Day, he passed from this earth July 1, 1983.
Human history provides more evidence of this usurpation of good intentions than most people ever want to know about. The Constitution of 1787 being a powerful, recent example of how the best laid plans can end up going off the rails.
As such, this self-serving mode of operation increasingly trickles down, copied by the people it governs.
Susan Boskey, freelance researcher and writer, is author of the book, The Quality Life Plan®: 7 Steps to Uncommon Financial Security
and more recently helped bring to market the book, Beyond the National Myth: waking up in the land of the free