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“This is how society ought to work”

July 27, 2011

As I explained recently, research of Jerusalem is on hold these days as I learn the ropes of the State Archivist job. However, while reading stuff which may come in handy in the new job I came across the following worthy quote (source, p.47):

Buckminster Fuller used to tell a story about the Master of one of the Cambridge (England) Colleges, who noticed a deep crack in the massive beam supporting the college’s dining hall. Not knowing to whom he should report the problem, the Master eventually notified the Royal Forester. The Forester replied that he had been expecting the call. The Forester’s predecessor’s predecessor, he said, had planted the tree for the new beam, and it was ready. This, Fuller noted, was how a society ought to work.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. T34 permalink
    July 28, 2011 1:02 am

    I’d settle for making the government archives site more user friendly 🙂
    אגודת הציידים העבריים
    in google vs the archives’ online search engine

  2. July 29, 2011 4:54 am

    Thanks for this story. It is appreciated by the engineers.

  3. August 12, 2011 2:05 pm

    In Toronto the Bloor Viaduct was built over the Don River valley in, I think, 1905. It’s huge and high and the subway runs on a track immediately under the road.

    The path was built with the viaduct but the subway wasn’t built until 1954.
    I always thought that this was great long term planning tho maybe a subway was planned back in 1905 and was cancelled. I don’t know.

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