With our modern world full of rampant consumerism, pollution, and the destruction of the environment happening at a dangerously rapid pace, it’s becoming painfully clear we need to start doing something different. I could go on and on all day listing the stuff that’s messed up with this planet right now, but this post isn’t meant to bring you down sooo… Let’s focus on the positives!
What we can do about these problems we face today? What are the solutions?
That’s where permaculture comes in. The word Permaculture comes from the words “Permanant” and “Culture”, it means what it sounds like; creating a permanent culture. I hope to share with you the same feelings of hope, inspiration and determination that studying permaculture gives me.
Permaculture is based on the ideas that we are all connected, that we can look to nature to find solutions to the problems we’re facing today and we can conduct our lives in a better way that is not only sustainable, but regenerative; healing the planet and promoting abundance and health.
I started my permaculture journey after stumbling upon a really great website (openpermaculture.com) dedicated to the subject. I started watching the free videos they offered and fell so hopelessly in love with the ideas presented that I enrolled in the Permaculture Certification class they offered, deciding this was the direction I wanted to take with my life. Continue reading →
This movie speaks for itself. The whole series is available to check out on the Zeitgeist website.
Since the original public performance of “Zeitgeist” in 2007, there has been an evolution of intent which has manifested into an on-going film expression consisting now of multiple productions. While each film stands on its own with regard to content, the Zeitgeist Film Series as a whole has a dedicated social intent to create awareness about the world we share, the problems we face, along with what we can do to make it better as a collective species.
As the definition of “Zeitgeist” states, we are dealing with the “intellectualual/cultural awareness of the time” and it is the goal of this project to explore what makes us who we are, how we relate, what we are doing and what we should be doing if we wish to live in a peaceful, abundant, and healthy global community.
Paired with this is the interest in a free, uninhibited information/media project. The Zeitgeist Film Series is not a commercial project in that it is designed for public consumption without inhibitions such as common copyright limitations. All films, while technically copyright to combat financial abuse and exploitation, are universally available for duplication, broadcast, screening events and digital distribution without the need for permission. However, this Project is only possible to continue if people do purchase the DVD or support the download Torrents via Donation.
As alluded to above, the history of “Zeitgeist: The Movie” is not what many assume. The original Zeitgeist was not a film, but a performance piece, which consisted of a vaudevillian style multi-media event using recorded music, live instruments and video. [The only known (camera phone) recording is posted here.] The event was given over a 6-night period in New York City and then, without any interest to professionally release or produce the work, was “tossed” up on the Internet arbitrarily. The work was never designed as a film or even a documentary in a traditional sense – it was designed as a creative, provoking, emotionally driven expression, full of artistic extremity and heavily stylized gestures. (For more about the evolution of “Zeitgeist, The Movie” please see the Q & A at www.zeitgeistthefilm.com )
However, once online, an unexpected flood of interest began to generate. Within 6 months over 50 Million views were recorded on Google Video counters (before they were reset for some reason). The current combined estimates put the number of Internet views at over 200 million as of 2011. Suddenly “Zeitgeist” the event, became “Zeitgeist: The Movie”.
From the moment we are born into this world, to the day we die we are subjected to numerous forms of control, from many different sources. If you are a free thinking individual, this should come as no surprise to you. Many of them are obvious, and plain as day, and some are more subtle, and effect you on a subconscious level in contrast to their obvious counterparts. They range from logos plastered in front of you daily, to the preacher calling out that doom is upon us and that Jesus is the only way. From the corporate billboards selling you their image worship and egocentricity, to the TV mind-slave wave that robs people of their potential in the ever changing now. From the Lawmakers shuffling away trillions in secret bailouts, to the numerous growing needs of the ever growing poor class. All of this is built to keep us controlled like cattle, and keep us from realizing beauty in our world. To keep us from realizing our potential in this world.
These control structures are used in many ways, to keep humans down, and dis-empowered. They have been alongside humanity for a very, very long time, and it’s hard to say when they were first implemented. While it may be an interesting point, ultimately knowing it does nothing to change the situation we are in now. All we need to do is open our eyes and acknowledge what’s happening around us. We have been born into a slave system that deludes us with the illusion that we really are free, and trades our personal freedoms for “security blankets” whether we like it or not. This system asks not our permission, and demands our subservience.
These control structures are enforced by one main emotion: Fear. For fear wraps itself around the hearts of people and digs in deep. Fear of death, fear of loss, fear of isolation, fear of change. But as wise men once said “There is nothing to fear but fear itself”. The only power fear has over us, is the power that we let it have. We have the power right now to throw off our shackles, and claim freedom from fear. Yet so far, fear has worked quite well for controlling humanity, and keeping us from freeing ourselves from it’s enslavement. Fear however is not an absolute power like love, and love will challenge fear time and time again, and love will more often than not come out victorious. For nothing changes fear like love. You can’t dampen true love with fear. That’s like going into a house full of people who love each other deeply, and trying to trick them into fighting. If they really love one another, and are in a harmonious relationship, they will see what you are doing, and they will throw you from their house.
With that being said, I am now going to begin to touch on some specific control structures. There is a lot I could elaborate on with each topic. I simply don’t have room here, so if anyone feels I haven’t touched well enough on one of these topics, feel free to email me in regards to what you think I should go into further depth about.
Religion is a far spread control structure that uses fear. They want to keep you afraid about hell, or loosing your family to it. Fear of hell, makes people are easy to control, and it puts them in a state where they will often do whatever it is their religion demands they do to avoid this damnation. Yet what loving god would condemn his people to eternal suffering for taking advantage of the freedom of choice he insisted they have? That’s not love. Any god that would torture it’s people for disobeying it’s doctrines is the exact opposite of what love is. Love means loving no matter what. Not scorning them for living a life outside of servitude and worship. To me that seems less what a god would do, and more what men would create to control other men with. To quote HP Lovecraft “If religion were true it’s followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences.”
Government on the other hand, is a newer kind of control structure. It follows a system similar to the old style monarchy with one key difference. It allows the people it controls to believe that they have a choice in who leads them. It deludes them to thinking that rights are given to people by governments, not as a right that all living beings possess naturally. It deludes people into thinking we must adhere to this control structure, and pass it on endlessly to our children in a cycle of continuation. Democracy is simply one man holding two puppets, with the goal of enslaving your mind. The word itself Government broken down is composed from the words Govern and Mental. Govern meaning: to control, and mental meaning the mind, the meaning isn’t exactly hidden. We have been lead to believe that the government is here to keep us safe, and a needed precaution keeping the world from destroying itself, when in fact the most destruction in this world is done on their behalf. The concept of government itself is not negative if used in a way that truly promotes peace, but sadly our system supports domination.
Education systems are another common form of control. Many education systems teach people to blindly accept facts presented to them from official sources, and conditions them to memorize and repeat those “Facts”. These “Facts” will lock in one idea of reality to the individual’s mind, and tells them to use only that one way of thinking. Now, not all education does this. Some of it teaches us integral skills we will need for life, such as communication, and cooperation. But these concepts are taught to us along with controlling concepts, so that we will have less of a chance of noticing what’s indoctrinating, and what’s not. We will be taught that we are nothing but bodies of flesh, and that there is no such thing as UFO’s, spirits, or the like. Now, we don’t know for a fact that they don’t exist, so why do we teach it? Because it’s not about what we know for fact or not; it’s about keeping people thinking in a way that keeps them weak, and dependent. If we truly wanted to empower our students, we would teach them to think outside the box, and reward them for their individuality, not assimilate them, and change who they are.
Some of these sources of control can be helpful; Like a parent who takes your away your keys when you begin to consume alcohol. This is an example of a more positive form of control we implement on our society, and shows that exercising control in some ways is a very healthy practice. We do generally enjoy some degrees of control in this existence, otherwise we would be living in a chaotic swarm. After all, we like having enough control over ourselves to stockpile food for winter for when there will be less around. It works for anything else in the same regard. Like most things, in moderation it can be a helpful concept that makes us happier and healthier. In excess it can drain they joy out of life, by attempting to control everything that happens. Life feels complete with a bit of chaos, and random chance. After all, who wants to live a life of orderly routine, with no change or free flow?
What I have listed here are but a few examples of the many control structures that control the current paradigm. If you are interested in learning more on this, I suggest you do your own research into it, looking at independent media sources that aren’t controlled by the main structures in this world. Some great movies to watch are Zeitgeist, Thrive, The Esoteric Agenda, and any of David Wilcock’s speeches found in plenty on youtube. But go beyond this, and follow what trails come to you. Let life branch off and take you where you need to be. But remember; we live in wonderland. Seek the rabbit hole, and you might just find how out deep it goes.