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Zeitgeist: Addendum - Part Four - Page 4

Author: Edward L Winston
Added: August 16th, 2009

This is the 4 page of part four in my series of articles on Zeitgeist: Addendum. Please refer to the introduction if you were lead to this page.

[Narrator]
It is time to claim the unity, our outmoded social systems have broken apart, and work together to create a sustainable global society, where everyone is taken care of and everyone is truly free.

Your personal beliefs, whatever they may be, are meaningless when it comes to the necessities of life. Every human being is born naked, needing warmth, food, water, shelter. Everything else is auxiliary. Therefore, the most important issue at hand is the intelligent management of the earth's resources. This can never be accomplished in a monetary system, for the pursuit of profit, is the pursuit of self-interest and therefore imbalance is inherent. Simultaneously, politicians are useless, for our true problems in life are technical, not political. Furthermore, ideologies that separate humanity, such as religion, need strong reflection in the community in regard to its value, purpose and social relevancy. Hopefully, through time, religion will lose its materialism and basis in superstition, and move into the useful field, of philosophy.

That will take a lot of work and helping people; I think we can do it, but it will take more than the suggestions later provided by the movie and a forum on the Internet.

The fact is, society today is backwards, with politicians constantly talking about protection and security, rather than creation, unity and progress.

The US alone now spends about $500 billion annually on defense. That is enough to send every high school senior in America to a 4 year college.

It actually spends around $613 billion today, about 21% of the overall budget. Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid use up 44% of the budget, about $1.3 Trillion, largely because of gross mismanagement [4].

In the 1940s, the Manhattan Project produced the first true weapon of mass destruction. This program employed 130,000 people at an extreme financial cost.

That may be the case but we learned a lot about nuclear physics, power, and so on. The weapon was used for evil, but it's also opened a lot of technological doors as well. If you're worried about a trade off like that, think about knives being invented to cut things, then how many people they've murdered and hurt since their creation.

Image what our life would be like today, if that group of scientists, instead of working on a way of killing people, worked on a way to create a self sustaining, abundant world. Life today, would be very very different, if that was their goal.

Instead of weapons of mass destruction, it is time to unleash something much more powerful: weapons of mass creation. Our true divinity is our ability to create, and armed with the understanding of the symbiotic connections of life, while being guided by the emergent nature of reality, there is nothing we cannot do or accomplish.

Of course, we face strong barriers, in the form of established power structures that refuse to change.

Interesting indeed.

At the heart of these structures is the monetary system. As explained earlier, the fractional reserve policy is a form of slavery through debt, where it is literally impossible for society to be free. In turn, free market capitalism in the form of free trade, uses debt to imprison the world and manipulate countries into subservience to a handful of large business and political powers. Apart form these obvious amoralities; the system itself is based on competition, which immediately destroys the possibility of large-scale collaborations for the common good, hence paralyzing any attempt at true global sustainability.

I explained already how "slavery through debt" is bullshit for the average worker in capitalism and that regardless of debt people must still compete for labor to survive.

These financial and corporate structures are now obsolete and they must be outgrown.

Of course, we cannot be na´ve enough to think that the business and financial elite are going to subscribe to this idea, for they will lose power and control. Therefore, peaceful, yet highly strategic action must be taken. The most powerful course of action is simple. We have to alter our behavior to force the power structure to the will of the people.

We must stop supporting the system.

Here come the "real" solutions.

The only way the establishment will change, is by our refusal to participate, while continuously acknowledging it endless flaws and corruptions.

That totally worked in the 1960s as well...

[Jacque Fresco]
They're not going to give up the monetary system because of our designs and what we recommend. The system has to fail, and people have to lose confidence in their elected leaders. That will be a major turning point, if the Venus Project is offered as a possible alternative. If not, I fear the consequences. The trends now indicate that our country is going bankrupt. The probability is, our country will move toward a military dictatorship, to prevent riots and complete social break down. Once the US breaks down, all the other cultures will under go similar things.

That's why I believe it really is inevitable.

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