Does this documentary shows the true agenda?

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.

courtesy of IMDb
courtesy of IMDb

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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Blogging 101 Day 11 School’s out…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Fifteen Credits.” If you’re in school, are you enjoying your classes? If you’re out of school, what do you miss about it — or are you glad those days are over?

I am out of school, and earned my Bachelor’s degree in August 1999. I briefly returned to community college 2011-2012 to take health and fitness classes, which were really interesting but turned out not to be useful for me. The upkeep on a fitness certificate with CEUS, the liability insurance, equipment if you work independently, and low pay if you work at a big-box gym. However, I use some of the knowledge in my current job but didn’t see the payoff for the money I spent.

As I have mentioned in other posts, I have a psychology degree… period. I don’t have a master’s degree, and I am not licensed. To be successful with a psychology, a person likely needs to commit to getting a doctorate or will need to pair their psychology degree with a counseling related master’s degree. They might even want to go in another direction, I’m just sayin’…

I have known many people in the social services/social work/juvenile or criminal justice fields return to school to get a few extra letters after their names at a pretty BIG price, one which I am not willing to pay. Some of these intelligent, hardworking people owe $50,000-$100,000 when they are done to only end up earning $40,000, unless they move into administrative or management rules after putting in their time. Clearly, they made these choices not with the intention of getting rich but of making a difference in the community and in the lives of others. Those that chose to go the counseling route did so as part of a long-term plan to eventually have a private practice.

If I were to go back to school, I would study journalism or something tech-related, possibly programming or coding. Writing has always been with me and a part of me. I like to research things that catch my interest, which a journalist needs to do to build and flesh out a story. I like blogging and would like to know more of the technical side, such as how this blog does what it does, and how to make it show pictures a certain way, change the font, how to position words and pictures in different locations on the page, etc. I like knowledge, information, and news in all forms.. even the news I don’t agree with can teach me something.  Journey through lifeI don’t regret the opportunities I have had to help others and learn about people. I don’t regret all of the youth I was able to listen to, encourage and, hopefully, give the motivation to see past their immediate environment to the future. I don’t regret the lessons I have learned, but I wish I had listened to myself and had confidence in what I thought my path should be rather than taking others’ path and living with what-ifs.  I think that some of the people in my life would have found me all the same because they, especially Boyfriend, were meant to be there. I am starting to listen to myself more and to be myself because life is a journey.  Boyfriend and I have done some travelling and exploring together, which has opened me up to new world. The two pictures that rotate at the top of my blog are from these adventures! My blog, thus far, has also been an adventure and I hope you join me for the ride.

Learning About Myself

I was a shy kid who got teased. I had short hair for a long time, played an unpopular sport, and had a funny last name, all of which provided opportunities for others to tease me. I was talkative to the few friends I had and to my family, but I remained shy for a long time in a lot of situations until college. My roommate for most of college was very outgoing, and it was hard not to absorb a little of that when I got around a group of people. I thought I was an extrovert, partially because I was talkative in comfortable settings and because I work in a social services.

I am not someone who has ever had a large group of friends, like my brother does. Socializing with others comes very easy to him and everyone loves him.  I have mostly had a few people I was close with, and I still prefer to interact on that basis. I get lost in a big crowd, and still have trouble figuring out what to say to people I don’t know unless I can find a connection or it is work-related and I go into that frame of mind.  I went through a period in my twenties, like a lot of people, when I would go to bars and hang out but I still mostly spent time with people I already knew. While I did enjoy some of these times, I allowed myself to make poor or limited choices by not breaking away and branching out a little. The one good choice I made was to talk to the guy who is now Boyfriend, and it took me 20 minutes to think of what to say to him.

By Anneli Rufus
By Anneli Rufus

Boyfriend is an introvert but has a very warm personality. A few years ago he found out about a book called Party Of One: A Loner’s Manifesto by Anneli Rufus and recommended I read it after he did. It was a great book! I found myself intrigued and relating to some of what Rufus talked about. He then read Quiet: The Power of Introverts In  A World That can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I read that book, too, which kind of gelled with my interest in psychology. Over time, I’ve read a few more books about introverts and extroverts and learned a lot.  One I really like is Introvert Power by Laurie Helgoe. While I can be very talkative and open in a comfortable setting, I still get nervous, I freeze, and sometimes I react by saying the exact wrong thing. I have learned that, even amongst people I like and feel connected to, I reach a limit and need time to recover and that it is ok to be “boring” and not join the group. After dealing with toxic people I feel stressed and anxious, which I notice more now than I did when I was used to chaos. Writing really helps, so does exercise, and also music, whether after work or other interactions.  I  believe that I am a mix of introvert and extrovert, and that’s fine by me.

By Susan Cain
By Susan Cain
By Laurie Helgoe
By Laurie Helgoe

Learning about yourself and what you need to be healthy and happy is very important. As I’ve written before in other posts, you have to choose wisely because some choices are long-lasting and expensive to change, such as a career path. Yet, sometimes you can scratch a certain itch in other ways, such as writing a blog when you have the desire to be a writer.   I scratch the athlete itch by working out and playing tennis when I have a chance.  I stay away from some social situations that are unhealthy or stressful  so I can be less stressed. I am still learning about myself everyday, and trying to improve for my betterment.

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Teacher’s Pet

In response to The Daily Prompt: “Tell us about a teacher who had a real impact on your life, either for the better or the worse. How is your life different today because of him or her?”

Although I had several teachers that had a negative impact on my life by ignoring the teasing I endured in my younger years, I had several wonderful high school teachers. Mr. Nunn was my favorite.

Mr. Nunn was the Psychology/Sociology teacher, Girl’s Basketball Coach, and teacher representative for the Local School Council at my high school. He had a colorful, outgoing personality, spoke with a southern drawl, and was often well-dressed in a suit with a complimentary tie.  Purple was one of his favorite colors. Everyone knew and liked Mr. Nunn, and his students recommended his class year after. When it came time for me to register for senior year classes, it was a no-brainer to sign up for Mr. Nunn’s Intro to Psychology and Sociology.

Not only was Mr. Nunn a dynamic instructor, he was great role model to me and the other students. He was on time, always prepared, involved in the community and a compassionate person. I would often see Mr. Nunn talking to students in need of advice, tutoring or asking him to sponsor a school activity. I learned a lot in that class and I enjoyed it. I was nice to have teacher that really wanted to be there and seemed to look forward to sharing his knowledge with his students.

When I returned home from college the summer after my sophomore year, I returned to my high during their last 4 weeks of class to complete some observation hours. I was thrilled when I was given permission to observe Mr. Nunn’s two psychology/sociology classes as part of my observation schedule. It was then that I realized just how hard Mr. Nunn worked and how much of his life was devoted to my high school. I spent extra hours helping record grades, score IQ tests, and edit and grade the final exam. He was such a dependable person that he was often the go-to person for a committee or student sponsored group or other duties, and he became overwhelmed with many tasks and limited time. It appeared that as Mr. Nunn got older, his hard work caught up to him and took a toll on his health, but he still kept a smile on his face and was kind to students and teachers alike.  

When it came time to choose a major, I chose psychology because Mr. Nunn had so peaked my interest that I was already halfway to a psychology degree.  There were times in those classes that I wished my instructors offered a sliver of Mr. Nunn’s exuberance and that they had a fraction of his commitment to helping students grasp the subject matter.

I was very sad a few years later to hear that Mr. Nunn died from cancer, I felt fortunate to have given back to someone who had given so much to others. I later met two people just as committed to teaching and mentoring youth that reminded me of Mr. Nunn, the Assistant Deputy Commission of Family and Supportive Services who was instrumental in the youth program my previous employer was partnered with and my program manager of seven years. I tried to keep in mind their mindset of “do no harm”, as I was sometimes the only positive adult that a youth had listening to them and trying to guide them in the right direction.

Thank you, Mr. Nunn for making a lasting, positive impact on me and many others!

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