Monday, September 06, 2010

Zeitgeist and its Addendum…

Zeitgeist was recommended to me by a friend a few months back but I never got around to actually watching it. Yesterday, while surfing the internet, I stumbled on a site that had a link to the movie. Bored as I was, I decided to watch it. I actually started by watching Zeitgeist II Addendum before going back and watching the first installment.

I recommend everyone interested in sociology, politics, religion, economics, history, and ideas to actually watch both parts as they contain a wealth of information condensed in an easy to follow narrative. The value of the documentary is not in its factuality but rather in its purpose. The intention is to stimulate the mind to look at established truisms from a different perspective – or so was my reading of it.

The first installment mainly tackles the myths of the Christian faith focusing on the parallels that exist between Christianity and its pagan precursors. The major claim is that not only did Christianity borrow most of its symbolisms from its polytheistic pagan precursors but that all those symbolisms stem from ancient Astrology. It also goes over the subject of politics and economic interests and how governments manipulate public opinion to wage wars – one of the most lucrative endeavors to ruling elites in the Monetary based system. It draws a parallel between 9/11 and its consequences with previous US engagements in foreign wars (WW1, WW2, and Vietnam) and offers a conspiracy based reading of the terrorist attack on the twin towers.

The addendum was by far the most interesting to watch with its treatment of the world economy, globalization, the monetary system, global capitalism, and the role of US elites and banking interests in perpetuating the profit based system. There is nothing new or revolutionary in the material presented except that it is not common knowledge and a majority of people are ignorant of the underlying purpose of the control mechanisms directing their lives. The treatment of the subjects of emergence, scarcity, abundance, labor, and technology is stimulating and offers many insights into why things are the way they are. The main line of argument is that we have reached a level of technological advancement that can resolve the problem of scarcity and can usher us into a new paradigm of abundance where a money based profit economy is no longer a requirement let alone a necessity. The establishment – the body of institutions that are inherently predisposed towards self-preservation and upholding the status quo such as religious institutions, government institutions, and corporations – are the major stumbling block preventing such a change and obstructing the dissemination of the knowledge of its possibility through various mechanisms for a world of abundance is in direct conflict with their own existence.

Zeitgeist and Zeitgeist II Addendum are a must see for anyone who wishes to broaden his horizons in furthering his understanding of the current social constructs and delving deeper into the possibilities that exist. I personally do not see such a world of abundance emerging given my cynical view of man, society, and their evolution but I have to admit that contemplating such fantasies can be somewhat refreshing.

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