This image has been making rounds around which got my attention, quoting Buckminster Fuller involving his radical idea about the twentieth century social norms ! I do understand that free thinking and loving what you do is very important but isn’t it worth noting that if enough people in the society can find their zeal in respective fields without getting bog down or distracted by the social anxiety of unemployment, huge strides will be made in diverse fields of civilization throughout ! Though I am not sure it will be a very efficient society representing the collective wisdom of humankind. There are enough kinds of drudgery out there which are disliked or maybe hated by many, yet very essential for betterment of society. The very idea is still worth pondering ….
” When Galileo caused balls, the weights of which he had previously determined, to roll down an inclined plane; when Torricelli made air carry a weight which he had calculated beforehand to be equal to that of a definite volume of water; or in more recent times, when Stahl changed metal
into oxides, and oxides back into metal, by withdrawing something and then restoring it, a light broke upon all students of nature. They learned that reason has insight only into that which reason produces after a plan of its own; that reason must not allow itself to be constrained, as it were, by nature’s reins, but must itself show the way… thereby constraining nature to give answer to questions of reason’s own determining. Accidental observations, made in obedience to no previously thought-out plan, can never be made to yield a necessary law, which reason alone is concerned to discover… Reason must not approach nature in the character of a pupil who listens to everything the teacher has to say, but as an appointed judge who compels the witness to answer questions that he himself has formulated. ”
— Writings of German Philosopher Immanuel Kant
Our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky —- Carl Sagan
“All of our sorrow is real, but the atoms of which we are made are indifferent.” — George Santayana (1863-1952)
Source : An interview with Dr. Leon N Cooper