Ideas and Integrities: A Spontaneous Autobiographical Disclosure

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chapter 15
World Planning

The entire world's industrial resources are now preoccupied in serving only forty-four per cent of humanity with the advancing standards of living exclusively provided by the world's progressively enlarging and integrating industrial networks. Making the world's totally available resources serve one hundred per cent of an exploding population may only be accomplished by a boldly accelerated design evolution which adequately increases the present over-all performance per units of invested resources. This is a task of radical technical innovation rather than political rationalization. It is a task which can only be accomplished by the world's architects, inventors and scientist-artists. The engineer has been deliberately trained by society to be an unquestionable authority: an engineer must not invent, for his authority is thus violated.

Since aircraft and space technology is already operating at high levels of performance per units of invested resources, the recent decade's realization that space can be enclosed for environmentcontrolling purposes with approximately one per cent of the weight of resources at present employed by the conventional building arts for a given task, indicates that the conversion of the world resources from their present service of only forty-four per cent to service of one hundred per cent of humanity is to be uniquely effected within the livingry arts in contradistinction to the weaponry arts. The latter alone up to this moment in history has been benefited directly by the highest science and technology. Any and all improvements in the home front's peace extending livingry advantage have been post-weaponry byproducts.

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