Inspiring quote of Buckminster Fuller

This quote inspires me every day and reminds me that just one person can have the strength to change the world. I like the pragmatic comparison with a ship, it makes it so much easier to imagine the possibilities that one person actually has. Enjoy..

Something hit me very hard once, thinking
about what one little man could do. Think of the
Queen Elizabeth again: The whole ship goes by and
then comes the rudder. And there’s a tiny thing on the
edge of the rudder called a trim tab. It’s a miniature
rudder. Just moving that little trim tab builds a low
pressure that pulls the rudder around. It takes almost
no effort at all. So I said that the individual can be a
trim tab. Society thinks it’s going right by you, that
it’s left you altogether. But if you’re doing dynamic
things mentally, the fact is that you can just put your
foot out like that and the whole ship of state is going
to turn around. So I sa
id, “Call me Trim Tab.”
The truth is that you get the low pressure to do
things, rather than getting on the other side and trying
to push the bow of the ship around. And you build
that low pressure by getting rid of a little nonsense,
getting rid of things that don’t work and aren’t true
until you start to get that trim-tab motion. It works
every time. That’s the grand strategy you’re going
for. So I’m positive that what you do with yourself,
just the little things you do yourself, these are the
things that count. To be a real trim tab, you’ve got to
start with yourself, and soon you’ll feel that low
pressure, and suddenly things begin to work in a
beautiful way. Of course, they happen only when
you’re dealing with really great integrity: You must
be helping evolution.

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