I spent two hours and forty minutes on Saturday, that I cannot get back, watching Zeitgeist 3: Moving Forward. Boyfriend and I had seen the previous two Zeitgeist installations awhile back, so we decided to see what this movie had to say. I remember the general themes of the other two but not the movies individually, and found more of the same. More America-bashing, more Capitalism-bashing, more Constitutionalist-bashing, More Tea-Party-bashing, more Republican-bashing (with little or no mention of Democrats, only liberals), more focus on “potential” rather than right or wrong, and more taking God and religion out of every venue of life. More sorry people, you’ve been wronged and you’re a victim but we’ll fix you.
I know what my views are but I believe in knowing the arguments of the “other side”, and being educated about the world around me. I believe that his documentary was right in one area, to a degree. Gabor Maté said that stress during a fetus/baby’s neurobiological development can affect them later in life due to the mother’s stress, possible abuse, nutrition and other factors while pregnant because the baby absorbs the mother’s nutrients and stress. He also talked about severe child abuse possibly leading to addiction and violence being the result of what a baby then child has endured, including neglect, which is consistent with other research I’ve read. I also agreed with downplaying the role of genetics with regard to diseases and other conditions because a large number of people blame their heart disease, diabetes, and other illness on genetics rather than on other factors, such as choices (eating fast food and not exercising, for example). I digress…
I did not like that this film removed religion from the equation, as well as personal responsibility, and it seemed to say that, while people want to work, their only motivation is money. In fact, there is a quote in the Zeitgeist Addendum, and a similar one in Moving Forward, which states, “Without money, a great majority of crimes that are committed today would never occur. Virtually all forms of crimes are a consequence of the monetary system.” Granted, crimes are committed against humanity everyday due to money and the potential for profit, including war, releasing dangerous medications so companies can make back their R&D money, and collapsing economies to exert control, but it is missing the part where some things are done just for power or the enjoyment of other’s suffering.
My big question is… who will be behind the global management of their “resource-based economy”, which would track all of the resources worldwide, who uses the resources and needs them? Who will be pulling the strings and making this system go around and, what exactly will be used to do the tracking? The film made sure to say that this was not the “New World Order” but it sure sounded like Agenda 21 when the city planning portion of the film was described in great detail. I heard a lot of automation of duty, which is not new to our society, and I heard ideas and methods focusing on the collective while bashing individualism. Great, you can take the tube to work and you won’t need a vehicle, but what if you want to drive. Will that be an option? You can eat from the community-grown agriculture, but there was no mention of having your own garden. What if you want fruit or vegetable that you cultivated with your own hands? Will be you be allowed to do that? I believe that the focus on how possessions are bad was also a slam against private property. Granted, the emphasis on consumption and “Keeping up with Joneses” is part of the debt/spending problem but shouldn’t you have a say in how you spend your paycheck? Oh, wait a minute, they suggest eliminating money… And, it seems, this proposed system removes the sovereignty of countries because the resources now belong to the “global community.”
I remember the first Zeitgeist moving talking at length about the myth of Jesus and Christianity. The next two films followed in this vein by removing religion from their discussion and eliminating the effect of religion on society by basically denying the idea of good and evil. Sorry, but good and evil will always exist in the world. While most human beings are good at heart, there will always be a few who do evil things either to rebel against the good or to insight the good to engage in evil with them. Evil exists in business and in government but, everything that can be used for good can be used for evil via manipulation. Look at science. While some scientific knowledge can be used to treat and cure illnesses, it can also be used as a weapon to create the next epidemic… which leads to a solution… hmm.
Interestingly enough, Zeitgeist: Moving Forward seemed not to blame companies like Monsanto for world poverty, even though their GMO seeds bankrupt farmers and destroy their soil. Mention was also made of the AIDS epidemic in Africa and the amount of deaths… Could this not be partially due to vaccines and experimental drugs given to unsuspecting people desperate for food, health care, and assistance? This has happened before in the US and around the world. Most of the blame was placed on the money system, debt and Wall Street. There are so many factors tied to these entities, such as “Crony-Capitalism” and, while there is much blame to pass around, only one solution was offered: surrender because the system has an answer. Isn’t that how the world got to the condition it is in now? We trusted our corporations, our governments, our banks and our media. We hoped that they were telling the truth and acting in our best interests as we closed our eyes, put our fingers in our ears, and we told ourselves that all was well, even after blatant signs that it was going terribly wrong. Remember what happened in 2008?
In short, I believe that this film was not an idea of what the solution could be. It is a film telling us the direction that the world is heading. The more I hear about global warming and the need for global governance from many powerful people, including Pope Francis, I believe that this is a case of the “powers that be” are telling us what they plan to do with our world. We need to realize what is going before it is too late…
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