Togetherness Combines Synergy and Love. In the featured picture Robby May and Sharon Ohrenstein play the drama of the opera out on stage. The opera, Octavian and Cleopatra, is about the synergy found in love. First, lets elaborately define this word: What is synergy? Most know of togetherness and love. Let’s give the answer to synergy from an engineer’s point of view. R. Buckminister Fuller was a designer-engineer. Who is Buckminister Fuller, you ask? An average man who believed in the ability of any common person to change the world! There’s hope for all of us. In his words:
I AM NOW CLOSE TO 88 and I am confident that the only thing important about me is that I am an average healthy human. I am also a living case history of a thoroughly documented, half-century, search-and-research project designed to discover what, if anything, an unknown, moneyless individual, with a dependent wife and newborn child, might be able to do effectively on behalf of all humanity that could not be accomplished by great nations, great religions or private enterprise, no matter how rich or powerfully armed.
— Bucky Fuller, 1983
Fuller describes synergy in his book Synergetics Section 109. I will quote a discourse in one of my treatises. It is between myself (D.O.) and two seekers of knowledge. Here I reference Fuller as I discuss the keyword, togetherness.
Seeker II: So it seems that synergy would be defined as the behavior of the total system which cannot be predicted by the behavior of its parts.
D.O. Yes. Most people have the mindset that a chain is no stronger than its weakest link. Synergy gives components “magical qualities”. This is just like love strengthening the bond between people in a magical way.
Seeker II: Could you explain what you mean?
D.O. Fuller refers to a chain. If someone would say a chain is as strong as the sum total of all its links, we would think that to be silly. If the same person would say that the chain is stronger than the sum of all its links, we would think it absurd. Now let’s look at the metals in a jet engine:
- Iron which can old withstand 60,000 pounds per square inch in pressure.
- Chromium with a tensile strength of 70,00 pounds per square inch
- Nickel at 80,000 pounds per square inch
Other elements add another 50,000 pounds per square inch for a total of 260,000psi.
- The actual tensile strength of a jet engine is 350,000 per square inch. This is 90,000 pounds greater than the sum of all its parts.
Togetherness Through Love is a Theme of All Our Musicals
That is the reason for the featured picture. Octavian is later crowned as Augustus, first emporer of Rome. Our opera is all about how he realized his love for Cleopatra; but unfortunately, too late. As emporer, he built memorials to her and personally takes on the oversight and care of Egypt. He vowed to become the kind of man she would have loved the most. If that is not synergy, then what is?