“Call Me Trim Tab” ~ Buckminster Fuller , #BF010

Buckminster Fuller‘s use of “trim tabs”

as a metaphor

for “the little individual’s”

personal empowerment and initiative.

«…
Something hit me very hard once, thinking about
what one little man could do.

Think of the Queen Mary
– the whole ship goes by and then comes the rudder.

And there’s a tiny thing at the edge of the rudder
called : a trim tab.

It’s a miniature rudder.

Just moving the little trim tab
builds a low pressure that pulls the rudder around.

Takes almost no effort at all.

So I said that
the little 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 big ship of state is going to go.

So I said, call me Trim Tab.
…»

from “Playboy” patriarchy’s misogyny indoctrination magazine
issue of February, 1972 .

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BBuckminster Fuller - I,m not trying to counsel any of You to do anything really special except dare to think. And to dare to go with the truth. And to dare to really love completely.

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