The NYT has lovely article on the lifelong friendship between Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi. Here’s the snippet that prompted me to post about it,
Their lives encompassed an era when both art and science witnessed
dizzying feats of innovation, their own included. Early in the century
they shared a visionary belief in globalism, though for Noguchi it was
rooted in a bitter sense of homelessness — "belonging everywhere and
nowhere," as he wrote in his autobiography — while Fuller declared
himself a citizen of "planet earth." They shared a conviction that
technology could save the world. "The acceleration of doing more with
less," Fuller predicted in 1969, would provide enough for the needs of
"all humanity within another 34 years."
Unexpectedly, I found these words touched me deeply. Perhaps because I’ve often felt like Noguchi – "belonging everywhere and nowhere" as well as like Fuller, "a citizen like planet earth." Looking at Fuller’s prediction, were we able to provide enough for the needs for all humanity by 2003? Or do we still have a ways to go before his vision is manifested?
Something to think about.