Waabizipinikaan-Ziibi, Somerset, Wisconsin
Archival Inkjet Print, Face Mounted to Acrylic
20x25"
2019





Climatron, St. Louis, Missouri
Archival Inkjet Print, Face Mounted to Acrylic
20x35"
2019





Mitchell Park Domes, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Archival Inkjet Print, Face Mounted to Acrylic
20x35"
2019





 


We have now flushed out a major variable in our general systems problem of man aboard Spaceship Earth. The question ’What is wealth?" commands our prime consideration.

I now go on to speculate that I think that what we all really mean by wealth is as follows: "Wealth is our organized capability to cope effectively with the environment in sustaining our healthy regeneration and decreasing both the physical and metaphysical restrictions of the forward days of our lives."

One of the myths of the moment suggest that wealth comes from individual bankers and capitalists. This concept is manifest in the myriad of charities that have to beg for alms for the poor, disabled, and helpless young and old in general. These charities are a hold-over from the old pirate days, when it was thought that there would never be enough to go around. They also are necessitated by our working assumption that we cannot afford to take care of all the helpless ones. Counseled by our bankers, our politicians say we can’t afford the warring and the great society, too. And because of the mythical concept that the wealth which is disbursed is coming from some magically-secret private source, no free and healthy individual wants that "hand out" from the other man, whoever he may be. Nor does the individual wish to be on the publicly degrading "dole" line.

-Buckminster Fuller, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth