Ray developed a system of thought centered on the symbols of the pyramid and the circle. The pyramid, large at the base but narrow at the top, represents the unsustainably increasing growth rate of modern civilization. In contrast to the pyramid, Ray felt that the circle, or cycle, was natural, mobile, and self-sustaining. He claimed that Money is pyramiding. Religion is pyramiding. Education is pyramiding. The environment is pyramiding. The pyramid of progress has destroyed the marbles circle, it's destroyed the family circle. Ray's proposed solution to the problem of "pyramiding" was a million-dollar marbles tournament. The million-dollar prize would attract people concerned about the long-term implications of society's "pyramiding", or disillusioned with its current state—these people would then be convinced of Ray's views, through the experience of playing marbles inside a giant sphere.