I think you are on to something good here.
Rod Blagojevich may have been convicted, but he was simply doing what comes with the territory of being a politician according to Buckminster Fuller. Politics is a win / lose, obsolete institution, and people operating in that arena or doing business in that way will have to deal with the consequences of their actions (also known as karma).
Politics & Win / Lose Businesses Are Obsolete
Buckminster Fuller was quick to see the good in all people, even those who like Blagojevich were so entrenched in an obsolete system that they could not do anything other than unethical behavior. Many people continue to do business in that way, but that does not mean that they are bad people. Fuller was often quoted saying,
“There are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ people, no matter how offensive or eccentric to society they may seem. You and I didn't design people. God designed people.”
His ongoing declaration of nonattachment to judgments -especially regarding other people - is the perspective espoused by many spiritual masters over the years. Thus, some consider Fuller to be an enlightened, spiritual being.
We Are Not In Charge Here
Rather than judging Fuller for this and other seemingly controversial statements, it might be better to consider adopting his global perspective and his ability to include all beings in his work. He realized that he could not know which person, animal or sentient being was more important than another, so he treated everyone equally.
Fuller often reminded his audiences that although people sometimes believe they are all powerful, we humans are not “running the show” anywhere on Earth. Because of that fact, Fuller (and many wise individuals) took time discover why we are here and work to further the concept of a world that works for everyone. That’s what Fuller did, and it provided him with both satisfaction and a life well lived.
Distinguishing Between Behavior & Being
In a commentary for the forthcoming book “A Fuller View” (Divine Arts Media, April 2012) Jamal Rahman said,
“ … in our dealing with others, it is important to distinguish between behavior and being. A person’s behavior may sometimes be evil, but the person cannot be evil. Each person’s essential being is sacred, filled with the spirit of the divine, whether we call that divinity God, Allah, Adonai, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, or simply The Universe.
This is not to say we should simply accept someone’s bad behavior and let ourselves be run over. In the words of the sixteenth-century Sufi sage Kabir, ‘Do what is right. Protect yourself. Don’t allow yourself to be abused. But, please, do not keep the other person’s being out of your heart.’ Simply remembering the vital distinction between behavior and essence will influence how we speak and act toward others, and this, the sages say, has the power to shift heaven and earth.”
Perhaps it’s time we all took these words to heart throughout our businesses, our families and all aspects of our lives. Then, we can begin the vital shift of our resources from weaponry to livingry and eliminate obsolete entities such as politics, corporations that exploit our environment and “leaders” who take for themselves at the expense of others.
May we all begin to operate for a context of a “world that works for everyone” and is filled with love, peace & joy.
Learn more about the author, Steven Sieden.
Thanks Randal. I'm getting more and more into Buckminster Fuller (hard to believe that I could get more into it than I was) as I get closer and closer to sending the final manuscript to the publisher - hopefully, in about 6 days.
in our dealing with others, it is important to distinguish between behavior and being. A person’s behavior may sometimes be evil, but the person cannot be evil. "
Everyone has the opportunity to decide if the world is friendly or not. This belief determines how interactions will happen.
thanks for sharing!