Zeitgeist Moving Forward – The New Zeitgeist Movie

Peter Joseph is soon due with his new film, Zeitgeist Moving Forward, the follow up to the two previous Zeitgeist movies. Many people are waiting in anticipation for this film, that is ready for release in 60 countries and 20 languages (as he states on his page) in January 2011. The film will of course address the inadequacies of today’s current social, cultural and economic system on the planet, as he has done before. What will be new remains to see, but I have some thoughts.

The official trailer implies not much more than what the previous films were about. Still, as I have heard PJ speak about this film, he has revealed that it will be more about the solutions to today’s problems, rather than more ranting on the problems. Let’s hope this is accurate.

If so, more presentation of workable solutions will be discussed, like a resource based economy (that was barely touched upon in the last film), permaculture and other sustainable solutions to food production, and probably many other technological solutions that can be utilized in tomorrow’s world, like nanotechnology and such.

There is an ‘unofficial trailer’ to the film as well. Don’t know why it is called ‘unofficial’, since it is on the official Zeitgeist YouTube channel. Anyway. In the trailer, a young Ram Dass is talking about the notion that ‘we are all one’. Maybe this implies a spiritual discussion in Zeitgeist Moving Forward as well, even though I doubt it. In any case, we all look forward to seeing the new Zeitgeist movie. Let’s hope it has a massive impact on the society we live in, and manages to contribute to the change we all long for. Here’s the ‘unofficial trailer’:


The Moneyless Society – Love As The New Currency

How can it be? The moneyless society. It is very difficult to imagine, but I have been trying to do just that for the last couple of years. Basically, since I heard of The Venus Project and a resource based economy.

No money would really simplify a lot of things. My whole life, basically. Well, not only mine, but everyone’s. No need to set a price on anything. No need to pay for anything.

If there were no money. I could

  • Give my full concentration to what I love doing.
  • Go out and help anyone who needs help without thinking about making any money.
  • Travel anywhere.
  • Live anywhere.
  • Share whatever I want to share, with no regards to if I can ‘afford’ it or not.
  • Cooperate with people wanting to make this world a better place.
  • Working together with anyone who have the same interests as me.
  • Creating music.
  • Making films.

In a moneyless society another currency is demanded, though. And I think we can call this currency ‘Love’. It sounds like a cliche, but that depends on how you define ‘Love’. I define it as ‘the sum of all positive feelings’.

In other words, instead of money, one would get ‘Love’ in return for what one does. This love can be the joy one feels from doing it, the feelings of gratitude one gets from others, the feeling of completion when one finishes a task well done, or the feeling of happiness from being among the plants one has tended and now grows abundantly.

People need something in return from doing anything. And this something can be nothing less than Love in a moneyless society. Of course, one could give each other gifts and such, but what we are all after is that ultimate feeling of fulfillment, joy, happiness, bliss, excitement, or in one word: Love.

The ultimate feeling of Love (fulfillment, joy, happiness, bliss, excitement, etc) is actually what we all seek in money. We think that when we get unlimited access to money, we will feel the bliss we are missing in our lives. So, with a moneyless society it is important to be aware that what we are seeking is Love, and this love is found in all the tasks we are doing and things we are producing and sharing.

For a resource based economy to work we need to have a new currency, and this currency might just as well be Love, since this is the ultimate currency. With Love as the currency we can actually start today already. We don’t need to wait for technology to develop, or leaders to decide.

Of course, for Love to work as a currency we have to snap out of the value system we have in place today. We have to snap out of our egos, that never gives anything for free, but only asks ‘what’s in it for me?’. Well, actually, the ego can still ask ‘what’s in it for me?’ in a Love Based Society, because when one gives and shares with Love, Love will be given in return in abundance. THAT’S what’s in it for you.

Update:

When I talk about getting Love in the article, I do not mean that one gets Love back directly from the person one is giving to. One will get Love (meaning fulfillment, joy, etc…) from the act of doing itself  (giving is also an act of doing), as long as it is something one has a desire to do. And then, where does that Love come from? It can only come from the Creator. And, beware, the Creator in this case, is you, or your ‘higher self’. In other words, you are giving to yourself.

So, doing something one loves doing, something that gives fulfillment and joy, is the same as ‘receiving for the sake of bestowing’. Because when one does something only for the Love of it, what else can be the reason for doing it? One is receiving fulfillment, joy, Love…for what? Of course, for the desire to be fulfilled, for the desire to fulfill the Creator, which is you. And everyone has a conscious or unconscious drive towards this, because this is the basic meaning of Life.

So, everyone is doing this all the time, because this is what brings the most fulfillment to people. But it might also be done unconsciously most of the time. And one thing that stops people from truly being conscious about this is the mindset that the monetary system has created. The mindset that say’s that ‘I have to get something back to give something to you’. It is not only the monetary system that has created this, but also the ‘survival instinct’ we all seem to have. This instinct is produced by forgetting that we are not really our human bodies, but rather eternal consciousness(es) experiencing human life.

When everyone becomes conscious about this, it will be the end of money, because no money would have to change hands anymore. Nothing would be demanded in return for anything, since the Love would be an intrinsic reward in everything. And being conscious about this and ending the monetary system goes hand in hand.


Money For Free – Money In a Resource Based Economy

The title of this article implies that we all want money for nothing. Money for free. Is this what a resource based economy will be like? Money for free? Yes, RBE implies a moneyless society, where everything is given freely. But, will this not only create laziness among it’s people? many ask. And rightfully so. If one look at today’s socialistic societies that pay out unemployment benefits to the unemployed, many of the unemployed get lazy and say ‘no thanks’ to jobs that foreigners take gladly.

So, the question is, ‘can we have money in a resource based society’? This might sound contrary to what a resource based economy is about, but in my opinion, the answer is ‘yes’. Because it is not moony itself that has led us into the trouble the planet is in today. I wouldn’t say it is human greed, either, although it plays it’s part. The reason we are in this mess is a war on the human race put together by a very few number of people. A war with the attempt to control the whole of humanity. Since most humans were not prepared for this, they have been easy to lead by the people who wanted to control them. But, more about this in another article.

Money is possible, and probably even needed, in a resource based economy. The reason is because we need an incentive system. We need something that can measure the amount of labor and energy used in an endeavor. Even though we will develop technology to do most of today’s labor tasks, humans still want to DO stuff. Most people don’t like to be idle every day. Creativity and curiosity will not die, and when someone produces something, be it a painting, good tasting carrots or a dance performance, it is only natural to get something back for it.

When this is said, it has to be emphasized that the money in RBE can not be ANYTHING like the money system we have today. What we CAN have, is a money system without banks, loans, interest, debt or the like, but with a currency that can be exchanged for products. In RBE we can have ‘most things for free’, but for anything ‘extra’ we would have to pay from the money we have earned through the contributions we have made to society. When I say ‘most things’, I mean all the basic things that a person need, like housing, clothing, food, transportation, communication, energy and health care. And these things doesn’t have to be of any low quality, no, they can, and will, be of the best quality possible, because this will be in every ones interest.

This can still be called ‘a resource based economy’, because money is not what makes us take care of our resources or not, humans is the ones taking care of the resources. With or without money, resources can still be depleted, or, they can be managed well. So, in a resource based economy with money, the emphasis is still on the resources, rather than the money. It is still about taking care of this planet and all it’s inhabitants, sharing resources equally.

The money in RBE will be used as an incentive system, giving ‘points’ to people who contribute extra, and to make it possible to get more of one particular thing one might want. A resource based economy is a concept difficult to imagine compared to the world we have today, where many are struggling to make ends meet, while others are bathing in money. A radical shift of values and awareness is needed in any case, and picturing RBE with money might be easier for the moment than picturing it without.


The Web of Debt

The author Ellen Brown has written a book called the Web of Debt, stating, like many others that the world is in the tight grip of a few wealthy mens conspiracy to control the world. Conspiracy or no conspiracy, there is no doubt the world is in serious trouble when it comes to the international economy, and the national economy in many countries. Just from simple reasoning one can ask some obvious questions.

Ben Franklin
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Governments have the ability to create money themselves, right? Well, that is what they have according to any country’s constitution. And the value of the money is ‘by decree’, meaning it is set by what the country sets it to be. So, WHY then, are countries in debt to one another and to the World Bank and the International Money Fund (which is in a large degree connected to America’s Federal Reserve, which in turn is NOT government controlled)?

Why? Why can’t the countries in trouble just print more money for themselves? Why do they have to lend from other countries? This is a question that will be answered with a lot of ‘international economics’ stuff if you ask any member of a government or economic ‘specialist’. The truth is that:

  • The “Federal” Reserve is a private corporation owned by an association of very large multinational banks. (Chapter 13)
  • The only money the US government creates are coins. Bills (Federal Reserve Notes) are created by the private Federal Reserve, which in turn lends them to the banks that in turn lend them to the government, businesses and individuals.
  • Physical currency (coins and dollar bills) make up less than 3 percent of the total world money supply. The other 97 percent are electronic, and all of this money was created by banks in the form of loans.
  • The banks lends new money, which did not exist until it was lent.
  • Income tax was instituted to persuade taxpayers to pay the interest due to the banks on the federal debt. Income tax would have been unnecessary if the money supply had been created by the government rather than borrowed from banks that created it .
  • Inflation is not caused by the government printing money. It is caused when banks expand the money supply with loans.
  • There is a way out of this mess: the government can take back the money-issuing power from the banks. That is, if we decide we need money at all.

In any case, it can not continue the way it does. All over the world now, governments are begging for more loans. Why? People think it is because the government has squandered the taxpayers money. This is obviously not the case. The reason is that the scheme the international banks have been playing is working: Taking control of the world governments and people through loans, waiting for them to default on their loans.

To give governments back their power to make their own money would probably help a lot. But do we need money at all? There is no money in nature, and with an abundant world with enough for everyone, which is what we really have when we allow it, no money is needed.

Giving governments back their sole right to print money might be the first step towards a resource based economy. It is at least one step much more imaginable today then a pure resource based economy. We need transition steps to get into RBE, and this can be one. The question is: How?

The answer is: Through increased public awareness. The more talk there is about this among people, the more media will pick it up, and the more it will spread. We are all affected by money every day. We need it to buy the necessities of life, and most of us are in debt to one ore more banks of credit companies. It is insane, and people are either paralyzed and lulled into the same old ‘going to work everyday’ or they are having a nagging feeling, but don’t know what to do about it.

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Peter Joseph Documentary

Charles Robinson has interviewed Peter Joseph in a rare documetary.

Peter Joseph, the founder of the Zeitgeist movement, gives in this interview a look seldom given into his own life. How he started studying music and dropping out, partly due to too much accumulation of debt, to having a performance-like show with him playing his percussion instruments (marimba, xylophone), and projectors showing his society critical films on screens beside him, to putting his film out on the web and getting surprising amounts of traffic. And then from there to get a book from Jacque Fresco and Roxanne Meadows, the founders of The Venus Project and a resource based economy, to starting The Zeitgeist Movement, knowing his life would change drastically.

It turns out that Peter Joseph is not his real name, but his first name. He is not revealing his last name, as he wants to protect himself and those around him, understandably enough, as he is comparing what he is doing with Gandi and Marin Luther King. Not directly, though. In any case, what he is doing is in my opinion comparable to those people, as long as he keeps it up. It would also be better if he tries to have a more common appeal in his speeches, and try to bypass all his academic intellectualism. Apart from that, what he does is historical, and hopefully changes in the world will come out of is.