April, 2014

21 Apr

The Beatles and the Missing (R)evolutionary Plan

By Walter

Fifty years ago, I believed we were going to change the world. One of the popular aphorisms in those days was, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” There were many of us who believed we knew the solution – “All You Need Is Love” – and that we were part of it. But as it turned out, something was missing. And just when I saw the (r)evolutionary fervor of the counterculture beginning to slip away, it was another Beatles lyric that suggested the reason. It was in the song “Revolution” on their 1968 White Album:

You say you want a revolution.
Well, you know, we all want to change the world.
You say you got a real solution.
Well, you know, we’d all love to see the plan.

The plan. That’s what was missing then and what is still missing today. Where is the plan? How precisely do we go about changing the world? What does changing the world actually mean? And what’s love got to do with it?

If I had to reduce my life’s philosophy to a single word, it would be, Yes! With an exclam. And if I were asked to describe with one word the emotional expression of that philosophy, that word would be, Love! Also with an exclam.
So I’m sticking with the Beatles announcement that love is all we need, because it is the emotional expression of the only social philosophy that can truly change the world.

But if love is the answer, and if we all have had the pleasure of expressing it and the joy of receiving it, why have we not universally adopted it as our zeitgeist? I’m going with the Beatles on that issue as well. We have not adopted it as the solution because we can’t imagine how it would work in the real world. There’s no plan.

So in the absence of such a plan, and in response to the Beatles request, I am here to offer one for your consideration. It’s called the Whole Earth Design Project, inspired by R. Buckminster Fuller, the futurist whose many designs and inventions included the geodesic dome and who early on recognized that we are all passengers and crew members alike aboard Spaceship Earth.

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