Zeitgeist: Addendum (2008 Video)
Narrator: Being wrong is erroneously associated with failure, when, in fact, to be proven wrong should be celebrated, for it elevates someone to a new level of understanding.
Narrator: The true terrorists of our world do not meet at the docks at midnight, or scream "Allahu Akbar" before some violent action. The true terrorists of our world wear 5000 dollar suits and work in the highest positions of finance, government and business.
Narrator: The fact is, efficiency, sustainability, and abundance are enemies of profit. To put it into a word, it is the mechanism of scarcity that increases profit.
Narrator: We have to alter our behavior to force the power structure to the will of the people. We must stop supporting the system.
Narrator: The real revolution is the revolution of consciousness and each one of us first needs to eliminate the divisionary, materialistic noise we have been conditioned to think is true; while discovering, amplifying, and aligning with the signal coming from our true empirical oneness. It is up to you.
Narrator: As the inequality grows, naturally, more and more people are becoming desperate. So the establishment was forced to come up with a new way to deal with anyone who challenges the system. So they gave birth to the 'Terrorist'. The term 'terrorist' is an empty distinction designed for any person or group who chooses to challenge the establishment.
Narrator: The fractional reserve policy, perpetrated by the Federal Reserve, which has spread in practice to the great majority of banks in the world, is, in fact, a system of modern slavery.
Narrator: In a world where 1 % of the population owns 40% of the planet's wealth... In a world where 34,000 children die every single day from poverty and preventable diseases, and where 50% of the world's population lives on less than 2 dollars a day... One thing is clear. Something is very wrong. And whether we are aware of it or not, the lifeblood of all our established institutions and thus society itself is money.
Narrator: It is interesting to note that twice as many people die from peanut allergies a year than from terrorist acts.
Jacque Fresco: Politics can not solve problems 'cause they are not trained to do so.
Jacque Fresco: War, poverty, corruption, hunger, misery, human suffering will not change in a monetary system. That is, there will be very little significant change. It's going to take the redesign of our culture and values.
Narrator: It is important to point out that regardless of the social system - whether fascist, socialist, capitalist, or communist - the underlying mechanism is still money, labor, and competition. Communist China is no less capitalistic than the United States. The only difference is the degree by which the state intervenes in enterprise. The reality is that "Monetary-ism", so to speak, is the true mechanism that guides the interest of *all* the countries on the planet.
Narrator: Our true divinity is in 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.
Narrator: Corruption is not some by-product of monetary-ism, it is it's very foundation.
Narrator: The world is being taken over by a handful of business powers who dominate the natural resources we need to live, while controlling the money we need to obtain these resources. The end result will be world monopoly based not on human life but financial and corporate power.
Narrator: Of all the social institutions we are born into, directed by, and conditioned upon, there seems to be no system to be taken as granted, and misunderstood, as the monetary system. Taking on nearly religious proportions, the established monetary institution exists as one of the most unquestioned forms of faith there is. How money is created, the policies by which it is governed, and how it truly affects society, are unregistered interests of the great majority of the population.
Narrator: Physical slavery requires people to be housed and fed. Economic slavery requires people to feed and house themselves.
Narrator: Without money, a great majority of the crimes that are committed today would never occur. Virtually all forms of crimes are a consequence of the monetary system.
Jiddu Krishnamurti: [opening lines] We were saying how very important it is to bring about, in the human mind, the radical revolution. The crisis is a crisis in consciousness, the crisis that cannot anymore accept the old norms, the old patterns, the ancient traditions and considering what the world is now, with all the misery, conflict, destructive brutality, aggression and so on. Man is still as he was, is still brutal, violent, aggressive, acquisitive, competitive and... he has built a society along these lines.
Jacque Fresco: American industry is essentially a fascist institution. The minute you punch that time clock you walk into a dictatorship.
[lines from Zeitgeist, 2007, repeated]
Carl Sagan: The old appeals to racial, sexual and religious chauvinism, to rabid nationalist fervor are beginning not to work.
Richard Alpert: The business of who I am and whether I'm good or bad, or achieving or not, all that's learned along the way.
Bill Hicks: It's just a ride. And we can change it any time we want...
Narrator: The illusion of democracy is an insult to our intelligence. In a monetary system, there is no such thing as a true democracy, and there never was.
Narrator: So, what do we do? How do we stop a system of greed and corruption?
Jiddu Krishnamurti: What we are trying in all these discussions and talks here, is to see if we cannot radically bring about a transformation of the mind. *Not accept things as they are* - but to understand it, to go into it, examine it, give your heart and your mind with every thing that you have to find out. A way of living differently. But that depends on you and not somebody else. Because in this there is no teacher, no pupil. There's no leader, there is no guru, there's no master, no savior. You yourself are the teacher, and the pupil, you're the master, you're the guru, you are the leader, you are everything! And, to understand is to transform what is.
Narrator: Our outmoded social systems have broken apart. It's time to claim the unity and work together to create a sustainable global society, where everyone is taken care of and everyone is truly free.