Lucky, lucky us!

Kudos for your great, two-plus-page Sept. 26 spread, “Selfishness Has No Integrity Whatsoever.” Thanks for putting the spotlight on last weekend's Black Mountain Colllege Museum and Art Center's events and N.C. Stage's much-more-than-noteworthy production of R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe. Lucky, lucky us!

David Novak's Broadway-worthy performance is more than a tour de force. I left the theater beyond inspired, challenged and uplifted. I left awe-struck. Yes, awe-struck. (I don't know about you, but I am not awe-struck anywhere near as often as I would like to be these days.)

I was compelled — actually, propelled — to go back another night with family and friends (ranging in age from 23 to 65) who loved it so much, some of them decided they had to see it again also. So much to consider. So much to think about. So much to feel.
The ideas, personal life and commitment of this brilliant contemporary of Albert Einstein come vibrantly alive in this production.

I am so glad D. W. Jacobs included in the play’s title the word "forward.” This inventor of the geodesic dome and coiner of the phrase "spaceship earth" was so far ahead of his contemporaries in scientific thinking, engineering savvy, environmental and political awareness, and philosophical musing that many thought he was crazy. And this guy was born in 1895. His perspectives and reflections are timeless. I can't help but think:  What if we all took to heart in our own lives the decision he made in his to live as if the fate of humanity depended on his actions? What might the world be like?  Doesn’t our world need this depth of inspiration, vision and personal commitment now?

— Carolyn Wallace

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