by Buckminster Fuller: Standing by the lake on a jump-or-think basis, the very first spontaneous question coming to mind was, “If you put aside everything you’ve ever been asked to believe and have recourse only to your own experiences do you have any conviction arising from those experiences which either discards or must assume an a priori greater intellect than the intellect of man?”
The answer was swift and positive. Experience had clearly demonstrated an a priori anticipatory and only intellectually apprehendable orderliness of interactive principles operating in the universe into which we are born. These principles are discovered but are never invented by man.
I said to myself, “I have faith in the integrity of the anticipatory intellectual wisdom which we may call ‘God.'”
My next question was, “Do I know best or does God know best whether I may be of any value to the integrity of universe?” The answer was, “You don’t know and no man knows, but the faith you have just established out of experience imposes recognition of the a priori wisdom of the fact of your being.”
Apparently addressing myself, I said, “You do not have the right to eliminate yourself, you do not belong to you.
You belong to the universe.
The significance of you will forever remain obscure to you, but you may assume that you are fulfilling your significance if you apply yourself to converting all your experience to highest advantage of others.
You and all men are here for the sake of other men.”