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The global view,
This review is from: Zeitgeist: Moving Forward [PAL] (DVD)Highly recommended.
This documentary does something that few others, if any, do. It takes a look at humanity, the human condition and how we interact with the environment. It does this from a vantage point which is extricated from the current ways of doing things, particularly in western culture. It highlights the stupidities and blindness within the human race and offers solutions, one main one being the advancement of technology.
You have to be fairly open to watch this, as those who are very inculcated within the current systems and the way we live currently may find too threatening to their current values and personal stability. That is what is really great about this film, it challenges erroneous presuppositions and long held assumptions very comprehensively with strong contributions from some great intellectual thinkers.
Moreover the art of the film maker and the overall message is that we can combine these understandings (knowledge technology) to move forward. There is no point in setting silly dualistic distinctions of right or wrong good and evil. If you favour behaviourism or humanism you will realise that these distinctions are ultimately meaningless and that each has its place and piece of the puzzle.
Some very simple truths are proposed and are hard to argue with, they include:
1) How can we live on finite planet with finite resources with a system built which is built on an infinite growth
paradigm? I tire of hearing how growth is so important.
2) Technological Unemployment: How can we continue to automate and build in efficiencies and give everyone jobs
(will we all work in some kind of crazy service industry?)where will the money come from when
3) Planned Obsolescence and Cyclical Consumption will strip the world of it's natural resources until a tipping
point is reached in the not too near future after which we will not be able to sustain ourselves
4) The monetary system which is the main driver behind all of the above, it works in the service of a minority of
humans on the planet creating an ever-growing wealth gap. It is built on Debt and social division and it has
become completely inculcated through very intelligent behaviouristic modeling and social conditioning
that people can't even concieve of a world without it, which to me is most bizarre.
5) We do not live in an algorithmic environment,the Earth is emergent and ever-changing, it is inherently
synergistic and symbiotic. The Earth goes through relatively stable periods but is always changing, we must
respond to this and work with it.
Be aware that if you find that you have an internal model of how humans interact with the Earth, question these assumptions carefully. Do not fall into De Bono's intelligence trap and intellectualise arguments unecessarily when all that is needed is a clear head!
'There will hopefully come a time were a new consciousness will emerge, it will embrace what we currently class as art, culture, science and philosophy but not see these distinctions, it will accept and work with a universal law (a way of being) not written by any individual egoic form'.