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Dartmouth Bicentennial Lecture, R. Buckminster Fuller, 1970-02-24

MS-1412: John R. Scotford posters
 Item, Folder 12


R. Buckminster Fuller, You have gone your Great Aunt Margaret one better: She merely accepted the universe, you preach total immersion in it. And if any doubter should ask whether you really believe in salvation through such immersion you might well respond: "Believe in it? Shucks, I've done it!" True, you call your kind of salvation "Comprehensive design," but let's not quibble about words, you are a thinker who literally as well as figuratively rejects all walls -- except, of course, those of geodesic dome design -- who believes that only as man "goes broke" with his mind can he hope from here on out to win any hand in the human game. Few among us (indeed is there one respected other?) would dare say with you "I made a bargain with myself that I'd discover the principles operative in the universe and turn them over to my fellow man." How far you've gone in keeping that bargain no man today can know for sure, and that of itself is saying an awful lot. A friend of the human future, you as a builder of that future are the first man of the twenty-first, or perhaps even of the twenty-third century to whom Dartmouth presumes to award her Doctorate of Humane Letters, honoris causa. John Sloan Dickey, June 1968; Tuesday, February 24th, 1970 at 4:30 pm in the Hopkins Center Theater


  • 1970-02-24

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