A calling ...

"We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims."

"Make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone."

- Buckminster Fuller

Saturday, August 3, 2013

An open letter to in reponse to Peter Buffett

Here is a link to an interview of Peter Buffett after his recent Op-Ed contribution to the New York Times:
August 3, 2013
Dear Mr. Peter Buffett,

You and I share much in common, and I would greatly enjoy breaking bread with you to discuss what to do about our love and concerns about the future of America, which we share. As the child of a stalwart citizen servant-leader of “the greatest generation,” you share the same sense of frustration with knowledge of what we as fellow Americans can accomplish, and intimate knowledge that we as Americans are not getting it done. Given the existential threats looming over Americans like the sword of Damocles, which you and I both understand, and more troubling, threats to our existence that we do not fully understand, please accept my small contribution to the Einsteinian possibility question you have submitted in the New York Times to every American citizen, and by extension, to every citizen of our planet, a possibility question as profound as the archetypal children’s story Rock Soup: how will we make America 2.0, and more pointedly, what will our fellow Americans contribute to the pot?

Your metaphor of America 1.0 and call for America 2.0 is a metaphor that can unite every American who shares the same love of our beloved platform, upon which beautiful structures have been constructed, which has generated historically unprecedented accumulations of fortune, and knowledge that our beloved tool seems unsuited in many ways to 21st century challenges as presently constructed. America 1.0, produced the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and Dred Scott, and at the close of the Civil War, was punctuated by the assassination of President Lincoln. 150 years after the passage of Lincoln’s Homestead Act, America 1.0 has never fully overcome it’s original sin, it’s original design flaw, which has led to so much global disharmony, and contributed, on some level, to 911. At the dawn of the 21st century, working with America 1.0 is like working with a dull blade. Nobody works harder than Americans, but in solving Manhattan Project level questions, America 1.0 is no longer getting it done because the tool has dulled and is no longer up to the task. What to do?

Here’s the little that I am able to contribute to your pot today: if you are serious about getting it done, please invite my father, Norman G. Kurland, another stalwart of the “greatest generation,” to break bread with you. Please seriously consider what my father can contribute to the pot. Nobody that I am aware of has the unique combination of knowledge, skills, and experience that you are seeking. My father holds the key, or to stay metaphorically consistent, the code, needed to unleash a Second American Revolution along lines of design science principles of economic and social justice, a package of legislation known as the Industrial Homestead Act, which is buried on the desks of countless gatekeepers in Washington, who are preventing serious servant-leaders like yourself from getting the message, just like his message was buried on the desks of gatekeepers 40 years ago before he arranged for the historic meeting of "greatest generation" stalwarts Louis O. Kelso and Senator Russell Long. Whoever applies the design principles articulated therein can leave as proud a legacy as America’s founders.

Are you that guy?


Daniel Kurland