Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth


“There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew. ~Marshall McLuhan
S P A C E S H I P    E A R T H
Our little Spaceship Earth is only eight thousand miles in diameter, which is almost a negligible dimension in the great vastness of space. Spaceship Earth was so extraordinarily well invented and designed that to our knowledge humans have been on board it for two million years not even knowing that they were on board a ship.” ~Buckminster Fuller
“As we begin to comprehend that the earth itself is a kind of manned spaceship hurtling through the infinity of space – it will seem increasingly absurd that we have not better organized the life of the human family. ” ~Hubert Humphrey

“…The problem for the passengers is that there is no manual to identify all the parts, and no instructions on how to operate the spaceship.” ~Buckminster Fuller
“We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent upon its vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed for our safety to its security and peace; preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work, and, I will say, the love we give our fragile craft. We cannot maintain it half fortunate, half miserable, half confident, half despairing, half slave to the ancient enemies of man, half free in a liberation of resources undreamed of until this day. No craft, no crew can travel safely with such vast contradictions. On their resolution depends the survival of us all.” ~Adlai Stevenson
“Coping with the totality of Spaceship Earth and universe is ahead for all of us. ~Buckminster Fuller
“The world we are experiencing today is the result of our collective consciousness, and if we want a new world, each of us must start taking responsibility for helping create it.” ~Rosemary Filmore Rhea
“Our primeval Mother Earth is an organism that no science in the world can rationalize. Everything on her that crawls and flies is dependent upon Her and all must hopelessly perish if that Earth dies that feeds us.” ~Viktor Schauberger

“Lack of awareness of the basic unity of organism and environment is a serious and dangerous hallucination.” ~Alan Watts
“The fate of the living planet is the most important issue facing mankind.” ~Gaylord Nelson
“To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.” ~Wendell Berry
We are living beyond our means. As a people we have developed a life–style that is draining the earth of its priceless and irreplaceable resources without regard for the future of our children and people all around the world.” ~Margaret Mead

“When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.” ~David Orr
“No one person has to do it all but if each one of us follow our heart and our own inclinations we will find the small things that we can do to create a sustainable future and a healthy environment.” ~John Denver
“Another world is not only possible, she’s on her way. Maybe many of us won’t be here to greet her, but on a quiet day, if I listen very carefully, I can hear her breathing.” ~Arundhati Roy

“Nature is man’s teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence.”  ~Alfred Billings Street
“If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is Nature’s way.”  ~Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics
“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”  ~George Washington Carver
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”  ~Albert Einstein
“Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.” ~Richard Feynman

“Nature is full of genius, full of divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.”  ~Henry David Thoreau
“Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes – every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of a man.”  ~Orison Swett Marden
“They say that every snowflake is different. If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees? How could we ever recover from the wonder of it?.”  ~Jeanette Winterson
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” ~Rachel Carlson

“God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars.”  ~Martin Luther
“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.”  ~Frank Lloyd Wright
“Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.”  ~Francis Bacon, Novum Organum, 1620

“Let us permit nature to have
her way. She understands her business better than we do.“ ~Michel de Montaigne
“The mind, in proportion as it is cut off from free communication with nature, with revelation, with God, with itself, loses its life, just as the body droops when debarred from the air and the cheering light from heaven.”  ~William Ellery Channing
“Nature teaches more than she preaches.  There are no sermons in stones.  It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.”  ~John Burroughs
“Nature is the art of God.”  ~Thomas Browne, Religio Medici
“The color of the mountains is Buddha’s body; the sound of running water is his great speech.”  ~Dogen
“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” ~John Burroughs
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”  ~John Muir
“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.”  ~Henry David Thoreau
“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”  ~Kahlil Gibran
“Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful.  Everything is simply happy.  Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance.  Look at the flowers – for no reason.  It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.”  ~Osho
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”  ~John Muir
Artist: Chris Haines-
“Shall I not have intelligence with the earth?  Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself.”  ~Henry David Thoreau

“Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.” ~Junenal, Satires

“We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.” ~William Hazlitt
“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.”  ~Walt Whitman
“Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does Nature, because in her inventions, nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous.” ~Leonardo da Vinci
“…this world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul and intelligence… a single visible living entity containing all other living entities, which by their nature are all related.
[Furthermore]… the cosmos is a single Living Creature which contains all living creatures within it.” ~Plato
“We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.” ~R. Buckminster Fuller

“The earth is what we all have in common.” ~Wendell Barry

Artist : Pawel Jonka

“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.”  ~Elwyn Brooks White
“There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.” ~Brooke Medicine Eagle
“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.” ~William Shakespeare

Spaceship Earth
Concept, Compilation & Composition
© 2011 Lawrence Hultberg
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