Critical Path. R. Buckminster Fuller. St. Martins Press.

Critical Path Book Cover Critical Path
R. Buckminster Fuller
St. Martins Press
March 1981

Critical Path comprehensively traces all the important trends of history that have led to this moment of humanity’s potential first-stage success and its opening of a whole new chapter of humanity’s ever functioning in local support of the integrity of eternally regenerative universe.

To know now what we could never have known before 1969 – that we now have an option for all humanity to “make it” successfully on this planet in this lifetime – is not to be optimistic. It is only a validation of hope, a hope that had no operationally foreseeable validity before 1969. Whether it is to be Utopia or Oblivion will be a touch-and-go relay race right up to the final moment. The race is between a better-informed, hopefully inspired young world versus a running-scared, misinformedly brain-conditioned, older world. Humanity is in “final exam” as to whether or not it qualifies for continuance in Universe as mind, with the latter’s access to the design laws – called by science “the generalized principles” – governing externally regenerative Universe.

At the present cosmic moment, muscle, cunning, fear, and selfishness are in powerful control of human affairs. We humans are here in Universe to exercise the Universe-functioning of mind. Only mind can apprehend, abide by, and be led by truth. If human mind comes into control of human affairs, the first thing it will do is exercise our option to “make it.”

If you read the entire Critical Path book carefully, including its sometimes long but essentially detailed considerations, and pay realistically close attention to these considerations, you will be able to throw your weight into the balancing of humanity’s fate. While you could be “the straw that breaks the camel’s back,” impressively you can also be the “straw” – straw of intellect, initiative, unselfishness, comprehensive integrity, competence, and love – whose ephemerally effective tension saves us.