Must everyone ‘earn a living,’ asks futurist?


“We must do away with the notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because … he must justify his right to exist. … The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.”

– Buckminster Fuller, American architect, author, inventor, and futurist (1895-1983), in New York Magazine, March 30, 1970

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