A Revisionist Christmas

A few days after Buckminster Fuller died in 1983 at at the age of 87, the Christian Science Monitor published a lengthy appreciation of the 20th century genius who answered to a handful of job descriptions: architect, inventor, designer, poet, author and visionary.

Fuller wasn’t a church-goer, recalled the pastor of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, but "he was the most spiritual person I ever met."

A year after Fuller’s death, I took a workshop called "Money and You" that was conducted by one of his acolytes, a San Francisco attorney-turned-entrepreneur named Marshall Thurber. Despite the title, there were abundant references to our "oneness," along with a lot of hugging, a strange and powerful experience called "The Blocks Game," and the singing, while holding hands in a big circle, of "We Are the World."

Throughout the weekend, audio clips of Bucky Fuller were played to underscore various concepts. Unlike his writing (I found his "Critical Path" to be impenetrable), Fuller proved on tape to be not only comprehensible, but warm and loving as well.

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