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Zeitgeist, The Movie – Remastered

Posted in Religion with tags , , , , , , on September 10, 2010 by Xrystiann

Zeitgeist (German pronunciation: [ˈtsaɪtɡaɪst] ( listen)) is “the spirit of the times” or “the spirit of the age.” [1] Zeitgeist is the general cultural, intellectual, ethical, spiritual, and/or political climate within a nation or even specific groups, along with the general ambience, morals, sociocultural direction or mood of an era.

The term zeitgeist is from German Zeit– ‘time’ (cognate with English tide and “time”) and Geist– ‘spirit’ (cognate with English ghost).

Zeitgeist: the Movie is a 2007 documentary film by Peter Joseph that asserts a number of ideas, including an artificial, mythological origin of Christianity, alternate theories for the parties responsible for the destruction of the World Trade Center, and finally, claims that a cabal of international bankers are manipulating the international monetary system in order to introduce a unified world government. The film was officially released online on June 18, 2007 on A sequel, Zeitgeist: Addendum, focuses further on the monetary system and advocates a resource-based social system influenced by the ideas of Jacque Fresco and The Venus Project. Following Zeitgeist: Addendum, Peter Joseph created an organization called The Zeitgeist Movement to promote the ideas of Fresco’s Venus Project.  Peter Joseph has publicly stated that The Zeitgeist Movement, while inspired by his film’s content, is not an organization which supports them directly. A third film called Zeitgeist: Moving Forward  is scheduled to be released in Fall 2010. Peter Joseph has stated that its topics will focus on human behavior, technology, and rationality.


Spirituality – Past, Future and the Present

Posted in Religion with tags , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2010 by Xrystiann

Introduction to Zeitgeist

“Spirituality is a particular term which actually means: a dealing with intuition. In the theistic tradition, there is a notion of clinging into a word. A certain act is regarded as displeasing to a divine principle… A certain act is regarded as displeasing for the divine… whatever. In the tradition of non-theism, however, it is very direct – that the case histories are not particularly important. What is actually important is Here and Now. Now is definitely now. We try to experience what is available there on the spot. There is no point in thinking that a past did exist that we could have now. This is now. This very moment. Nothing mystical, just “Now”, very simple, straightforward. And in from that Now-ness, however, arises a sense of intelligence always that you are constantly interacting with reality one by one. Spot by spot. Constantly. We actually experience fantastic precision, always. But we are threatened by the Now. So we jump to the past or the future.

Paying attention to the materials that exist in our life – such rich life that we lead, all these choices take place all the time… But none of them regardless of bad or good per se, everything we experience are unconditional experiences. They don’t come along with a label by saying “this is regarded as bad” or “this is good”. But we experience them but we don’t actually pay heed to them, properly. We don’t actually regard that we are going somewhere. We regard that as a hassle. Willing to be dead. That’s a problem. That is not trusting the Now-ness properly that what is actually experienced Now possesses a lot of powerful things.  It is so powerful that we can’t face it. Therefore, we have to borrow from the past and invite the future all the time. And maybe that’s why we seek religion. Maybe that’s why we march in the street. Maybe that’s why we complain to society. Maybe that’s why we vote for presidents. It is quite ironical… And very funny indeed.”

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche