Evil is rife in the world, and even to the most optimistic observer it can seem as though it is encoded into our genes. It would seem that we are genetically predisposed to be assholes and wreck everything. Perhaps nature took a misstep with us.
Of course, that’s complete bullshit. Zeitgeist: Moving Forward is Peter Joseph‘s third film, and this documentary features interviews with several experts from various disciplines that argue for the exact opposite of the above idea: humanity is not cursed, we are not necessarily doomed, and we can fix this mess.
The first step is understanding what the mess is, gaining the requisite knowledge, and then beginning to question. Peter Joseph has made the understanding/sharing knowledge bit very easy with his films.
The above clip from the docu is from the introduction, and it will give you goosebumps, I promise. Imagine then what the whole film will do to you.
The film has three parts, and we have linked them here for you. Bookmark this page so you can watch each part at your leisure, in case you can’t see the whole thing in one go.
Part 1: Human Nature (9:09 – 42:10)
One conventional school of thought says that human behavior is genetically determined. In other words, it is human nature to be an asshole. But this is complete nonsense. Various experts quote various research and make the very compelling point that human nature is dependent on the environment they are brought up in, and not exclusively on genes. In fact, the fetus itself is receiving information about its environment and preparing accordingly (they cover the “Dutch Hunger Winter” effect). They cover the phenomenon of human addiction, the conditions of human prehistory, and ask whether the conditions we have created in the world today are conducive to healthy living and in sync with core evolutionary requirements.
Part 2: Social Pathology (42:11 – 1:30:05)
This is a very eye-opening section. How did this messed up state in the world arise? We need to look at a bit of history and examine some of the ideas that may have sounded good when they were thought up, but today seem obsolete, dangerous, and/or even bone-headed. And lo and behold the society we have today. Welcome to The Machine. The market system- which is very anti-economic, or in other words, wasteful- is the way of the world. It’s time to replace illogical conventional “wisdom” with real logic and awareness.
Part 3: Project Earth (1:30:06 – 2:32:42)
It’s not enough to have provided evidence for the inefficacy of the status quo. This section of the docu is all about how we can move forward. We have the know-how and science to do this, and Part III expounds one such way. A resource-based economy is something we need now. An economy based on chilling. And it is achievable, with the science, technology, and ingenuity we possess as a species. Not only can we create an egalitarian society where people have access to the necessities of life, we can create a society where everyone has the opportunity to pursue their idea of happiness. Watch to find out how.
“It’s clearly a crisis of two things: of consciousness and conditioning. We have the technological power, the engineering skills to save our planet, to cure disease, to feed the hungry, to end war; But we lack the intellectual vision, the ability to change our minds. We must decondition ourselves from 10,000 years of bad behavior. And, it’s not easy.” -Terence McKenna
Once you understand this, it becomes YOUR responsibility to change your mind.