“You do not belong to you. You belong to the Universe”

In ‘Cloud Atlas’ there is a repeated refrain which is part of a pivotal text in the plot. It begins:

“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.”

In 1927, Buckminster Fuller, polymath, genius, and inventor of the geodesic dome (which inspired the classic soccer ball, the Bucky Ball), was backrupt, a new-father and depressed. He was contemplating the unthinkable.


One day, he was walking by Lake Michigan, thinking about, in his words, “Buckminster Fuller—life or death,” when he found himself suspended several feet above the ground, surrounded by sparkling light. Time seemed to stand still, and a voice spoke to him. “You do not have the right to eliminate yourself,” it said. “You do not belong to you. You belong to Universe.”