Monday, September 17, 2007

R. Buckminster Fuller

When I was a junior and senior in high school I inhaled Bucky Fuller's books, not sure why, but I did. He said one thing that struck me: that he was so nearsighted as a kid everything was out of focus so he could only see larger features and patterns -- no details -- and that shaped much of his thinking. I was blind as a bat from being nearsighted as a kid so I knew what he was talking about. The way I got glasses was because my 4th grade math teacher, Mrs. Hanlon, called my mother and said I kept getting out of my chair during class, walking up to the chalkboard, reading it, and then sitting back down. I had no clue I needed glasses. I thought she was just writing small.

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