Monday, August 10, 2009

Seminal Thinkers

 E. F. Schumacher

". . . we . . . must begin to see the possibility of evolving a new life-style . . . the perfection of [agriculture/horticulture] production methods which are biologically sound, build up soil fertility, and produce health beauty and permanence.  . . . In industry, we can interest ourselves in the evolution of small-scale technology, relatively non-violent technology .  . so that people have a chance to enjoy themselves while they are working . . . In industry, again . . . we can interest ourselves in new forms of partnership between management and men, even forms of common ownership."

"[Land and the creature upon it] are ends-in-themselves . . . and it is therefore rationally justifiable to say, as a statement of fact, that they are in a certain sense sacred.  Man has not made them, and it is irrational for him to treat things that he has not made and cannot make and cannot recreate. . . in the same manner and spirit as . .  . things of his own making." (Small is Beautiful)

Rudolf Steiner
where he describes how a student is to develop the ability to perceive intent, or emotion, behind forms and actions and processes like growth and decay.

To begin with, the student endeavors to regulate his sequence of thought (control of thought).
An equal consistency in his actions forms the second requirement (control of actions).
The third requirement is the cultivation of endurance (perseverance).
The fourth requirement is forbearance (tolerance) toward persons, creatures, and also circumstances.
The fifth requirement is impartiality toward everything that life brings.
The sixth requirement is the cultivation of a certain inner balance (equanimity).
(Philosophy of Freedom)

R. Buckminster Fuller
"There is an inherently minimum set of essential concepts and current information, cognizance of which could lead to our operating our planet Earth to the lasting satisfaction and health of all humanity." (Synergetics)
"Humans were included in the cosmic system's design to fulfill critical functions in respect to maintenance of the integrity of eternally regenerative Scenario Universe.  To arrive full-blown and functioning in its cosmic role, humanity has been given the capability to inventory its tactical resources progressively and to reorient its functioning from an omniautomated behavior to a progressively more conscious and responsible behavior pattern."

"". . . it is eminently feasible not only to provide full life support for all humans but also to permit all humans' individual enjoyment of all the Earth without anyone profiting at the expense of another and without any individuals interfering with others."

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