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Every Child Born a Genius

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Published on Aug 6, 2009

Excerpt from Robert Snyder's 80-minute documentary, THE WORLD OF BUCKMINSTER FULLER
DVD available at mastersmasterworks.com
Stream available at http://amzn.com/B0178R4UJO

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In 1927 I was completely inspired by the birth of a new child. Our first child having died 5 years earlier. And I had good cause with our first child to feel that children are endowed with a great deal more than any of us know that every child may be born a great genius that they simply lose these faculties of genius at an early age due to the non-realization of their presence by their parents and due to environment. I said, “I'm really going to give the rest of my life to the new young life.” I pledged both to my daughter who had died and the daughter who is now born that I was committing myself to humanity.

Money I think of as absolutely irrelevant, I see it is really man and his environment and his time and you can get the environment begin to do work with you. I might have to expand what I had already learned by a great deal, I had to unlearn a great deal that I had already been taught. I'm aiming at the kid to give it the maximum chance so won't be misinformed and can get all information it does want and does need in order to be able to understand this universe and operate spaceship earth properly within that universe.

How do we within that big context find out how we use our minds our experience then to the highest advantage for the others in the shortest possible time. That was the challenge. Out of this then, in due course, came a great many designs because I said I'm committing myself to reforming the environment not reforming the man. I'm absolutely confident if you give him the right environment he will behave favorably. I know that I could by employing the kind of capabilities I've learned that are employed in building a battleship how you do more with less. I'm so convinced that with the more with lessing could make it possible for us to do so much with so little that we could take care of everybody and there need not be any of the suffering that is around the world.

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