Zeitgeist Addendum (2008) Review

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Controversial, this one, as was to be expected. The Google Page Rank of 5 for the movie’s website proves that it at least got a lot of people talking about it, one way or another. Here are some, potentially useful, opinions on it.

Failure of epistemology

And when that fails, you find yourself in the impossibility of actually knowing anything. I won’t extensively discuss the causes of such failure, I’m just going to say that the world (and society) we live in right now is one that tries its very best to ensure that nothing is to be truly known, or certain, or trusted fully by anyone. And succeeds in this attempt, at least with regard to certain, sensitive, areas. The means used to achieve this are actually very simple, and they’ve been around since the dawn of propaganda. Simply put, certain views and opinions are systematically rendered invalid (or laughable or propagandistic – see the irony here?) before allowing any valid and thorough judgement to take place. Judgement (in the sense of critical thinking) itself is systematically discouraged in favor of blind beliefs in systems and individuals, beliefs that are no less primitive than any primitive form of worship.

Assaulted by this contradictory information, coming from so many sources of sometimes questionable authority, one must begin by assuming that nothing can actually be known, on certain matters. This implies that any theory may hold its own validity, as long as it is functional within immediate reality, which is to say that ideas that are simply not true may appear true for a determined period of time,  within a certain context, as long as they are thoroughly and artificially spread and maintained, and as long as they do not contravene undeniable reality.

In this context, who’s to say that some theory or the other is not true? This is the catch: no one can. The only theory-proof reality is reality itself, that crude continuum that does not care about our truths. And the only defense one particular individual has against being lied to over and over again is one’s own common sense, which taken very literally means the ability to read directly, and correctly, all variations occurring in one’s habitat. Sure, common sense is not to be expected out of most humans. Actually, the ancient bona mens (“good mind”) is a much better expression to use here.

This is how Zeitgeist: Addendum (and similar) should be viewed: through your own common sense filters, while also using that sense in thoroughly assessing reality‘s angle on the matter: is this feasible? Is it more than a well crafted conspiracy story? Does it fit within reality? Does it have at least the same weight as the model it opposes? Is it reality?

Zeitgeist: Addendum

Zeitgeist AddendumIt’s definitely a movie worth watching, even more so than its predecessor. If you’re reading this, and have seen the movie, you know that its main manifesto refers to the monetary system at the foundation of the world’s economy, and the thesis that the monetary economical model is not sustainable, artificial, non beneficial for most individuals (to the extent that it generates and maintains the modern form of slavery), and therefore invalid. They propose the model of resource based economy. My common sense tells me they’re right, with strong support from the part of immediate reality.

Unless you benefit greatly from the current order of the world, or you are, indeed, beyond any hope of you thinking for yourself, you should (common) sense that things are generally not alright (I’ll keep this in a general area that is safe for my purpose in this discussion). Ignoring the steady media stream telling you what you should know and think, and the artificial glamour you see all the time on anything that has a price tag, and the relative physical comfort you live in, you must definitely be aware, even on a basic level, of the phenomena that the current world order has created: there are extremes such as financial elites, and people dying of starvation; there is war and unnecessary death; there are millennium-long problems not yet addressed and solved; there is way too much misery in the world. These are undeniable facts. Can’t see that, using a common sense approach to the immediate reality? Well, stop reading, keep on dreaming. Or choose to wake up.

Critique

It’s funny, yet expected, how all of the critics of Zeitgeist: Addendum‘s ideas are people who benefit or hope to someday benefit from the current system and order of things. This is a positive thing, as it adds credibility to the movie. Also, a lot of Zeitgeist‘s defenders, besides being unhappy with the status quo, obviously, are just that: people that are dissatisfied with the current state simply because they happen to exist at the wrong end of the system, folks who would readily turn into fierce critics if they belonged or hoped to belong to the elite. This is a bad thing, as it is one of the main phenomena that discredits the beginnings of all great ideas and movements. The only thing entitled to take a critical approach here is your very own common sense. Everything not passing this test should not be trusted. That is why I couldn’t care less about most opinions on Zeitgeist: Addendum. Got my own, and as you have been continuously hinted, it’s a favorable one. Get one yourself.

Feasibility

It all sounds beautiful, and enlightening, and uplifting, but is it feasible, and most importantly, will I live to see it?

Nope, you probably won’t. But it is feasible, I would even dare say that this model or variations of it, including those less radical, involving remnants of a classic monetary system is the only way. Unfortunately, the ideas spread by Addendum are so far ahead of their time it becomes really difficult to judge their potential. The movie skips the destruction part almost entirely, barely suggesting it and even implying it could be avoided. It can’t and will occur – that you might catch within your lifespan.

Hope?

Certainly. I would love to live in such a world, which is not an utopia, nor is it some sort of mindless uniformization of the human race (according to the Zeitgeist theorists, read their docs). Would you not live in a world free of war and famine? In a place where “every human could be happy”? If you wouldn’t, you’re probably sicker than you think.

As for the technology part, which plays one of the most important roles in building such a new world, it is probably the most feasible part — as soon as efforts are diverted back from weaponry, to the humane areas they should focus on.

In the end, it is all that simple: do you want a better world for yourself and your descendants? If so, get inspired by Zeitgeist: Addendum. And, along the way, make sure you’re not just becoming the victim of a new breed of sectarianism, and try avoiding inventing new, useless, and potentially more dangerous gods.

See this movie, it is, of course, free for all, and can be watched online in its entirety (circa 2 hours and 40 minutes long):

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