Zeitgeist: Moving Forward

162 minutes 8.4/10 based on 12 votes

Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, by director Peter Joseph, is a feature length documentary work which presents a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society. This subject matter transcends the issues of cultural relativism and traditional ideology and move to relate the core, empirical “life ground” attributes of human and social survival, extrapolating those immutable natural laws into a new sustainable social paradigm called a “Resource-Based Economy”.

This film features experts in the fields of public health, anthropology, neurobiology, economics, energy, technology, social science and other relevant subjects which relate to social operation and culture. The three central themes of the work are Human Behaviour, Monetary Economics, and Applied Science. Put together the work creates a model of understanding the current social paradigm; why it is critical to move out of it, coupled with a new, radical, yet practical social approach based on advanced understandings which would resolve the current social woes facing the world today.

One of the unique attributes of this work, which separates it in style from most documentaries, is that it has a parallel dramatic/cinematic theme, with notable actors, which abstractly plays out various gestures related to the overall message of the film. The work also vigorously employs numerous 2d and 3d visual abstracts/animations, while returning to the standard, traditional documentary orientation as the foundation.

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  • Adam

    I don’t think this film fits under conspiracy/mystery… Politics, lifestyle even science/technology but definitely not conspiracy/mystery.

  • Lee

    Wonderful,
    Well done Peter Joseph, very well done.
    This documentary should be shown in schools around the world.
    It is thinking like this that may just save our planets future.

    • blackLiquid

      I couldn’t agree more!

  • GoAskAlice

    I thoroughly enjoyed this, especially that part about nature vs nurture. Amazing!

  • Cam Krout

    I think it should be under Society

  • Avanchorda

    Fantastic dialogue, analysis and deconstrcution of a society so mad it thinks its sane.

  • Tess

    This has awakened something in me that was always there. A very moving film.

  • Human

    Thank you. Thank you for taking the time out of your daily schedule to consider the ideas in this film. So long as we are capable to refute or agree with these claims and allegations can we collectively take a step towards change. i commend each and every one of you for being inspired by this motivational piece of work. Investing your energy for or against will manifest inevitable change, which spell both chaos and peace. Plant a seed with love or hate and it will grow regardless. Plant an acre of seeds with love or hate and it will grow regardless. All that encompasses the ‘nature’ of things is good at self-preservation. Your need to worry about such universalities has nothing to do with it. Your need to believe in something like this or that is futile and will ultimately lead to undoing everything you are for. Everything you are for empowers you. Everything you are against weakens you. You are a self-aware entity that has the capacity to transcend all that you are! You are capable of so much more! Why not start after taking your next breath and even more so for each sequential breath that you take for granted? You’ve got to be stupefied every time you consider the complexity of you inborn capacity to breathe. You don’t have enough time to worry about being upset at the people and things that have propagated this illusory experience you might call YOUR life. Nor do you have enough time to neatly change the universe to favor your self-created belief system. Remember that these are YOUR perceptions that YOU are responsible for because YOU choose to believe in the things YOUVE seen and heard. i may convince myself through logical analysis that the sky is blue, but the necessity for using a word like that to describe it to you denies everything that it could potentially be in your eyes. Rather than feeding a starving man, teach him how to fish so that he can feed himself for a lifetime and therefore teach everyone who makes the time to see him do likewise. When it comes down to it we all just want to be happy. The road to happiness can be reached when you recognize your self-worth. You are worthy of everything you can feed yourself be it negative or positive; it’s all you choice. And for the same reason You can never arrive at happiness while looking outside, for happiness can only come for within yourself. It’s wonderful how one nine thousand six hundred seconds can raise such spirited rhetoric. This enumerates to all how passionate we can become when we invest our belief in matters that can potentially offer some kind of compensation or fulfillment of expectation. Is it feasible to think that your attachments to expectation can also destroy all the good that you may desire to represent? Do what feels right for the sake of doing it, not for a belief in the necessity to massage the ego or the like. You don’t have to compulsively question everything outside of you in order to validate it. You can grow out of this excuse for living when you understand that you are in control of everything you are for. Your need to describe it to others just tells them how special you think you are and has nothing to do with what you are telling them. You don’t need to instruct a newborn how to breath- life takes care of the ineffable matters. The very life that we desperately hold on to can be a belief as well, so try to treat it that way if it works for you, don’t get worked up over theory’s, ideology, dogma, religion and pragmatism because no matter what you always have the choice to choose peace instead. You can’t arrive at truth because you literally are a manifestation of truth and everything contrary to that is mere conception. All i know is that i know nothing. i expect everyone to live for themselves or others in order to be happy for themselves which encompasses the process to fulfilling that contentment. Happiness is a perception; a very simple concept. All it takes is that you truly believe in yourself and your pristine right to exist. You disservice yourself when you fight for what Jacque Frescos believes in. i expect you to understand that all the unnamed hero’s in history died for this knowledge to reach your eyes and ears. These people will never ask you to take the torch for their sake. They want you to live life for everything you encompass out of a genuine interest so that the integrity of all can be sustained and improved. This is the greatest achievement you can possibly award yourself with. Jacques war in essence is not with others. It’s the battle over self. The same war has been waged since time immemorial. He is telling you to be in control of your universe and not that of another. If it rains on your parade, well believe that you are in control of that as well. Don’t be immobilized by your excuses and perceptions. Countless people and experiences preach these things to you every day. Why bother yourself with being upset at Jacque and company? The universe is perfect; even you desire to improve it! Don’t wait for the whole world to catch up to you, for it will consume you. Don’t even expect the world to catch up to you, for it never will. Be your universe. Now! How can you wage a war for peace when peace has been inside you all along? i am of the human race and i Live on the planet earth! Don’t settle for anything less than you can be. Make your life a masterpiece!
    I have always been regretting that i was not as wise as the day i was born. – Henry David Thoreau
    Every generation laughs at the old fashioned, but follows religiously the new. – Henry David Thoreau
    Loving Kindness to all that is

  • gerry

    no need for the wall of text….the film outlines whats been blatantly obvious for generations…..STOP BEING SO DAMN GREEDY…STOP IT…STOP IT NOW

  • Jpl8o

    That centralized city looks like Atlantis on steroids!

    Sir Francis Bacon would be ecstatic to see his dream of a New Atlantis come true.

  • Zsuzsanna

    I agree fully with the documentary. However, as all Utopian ideas, this also leaves the ‘human factor’ out. We, as humans are greedy and we can’t take only as much as we need and contribute as much we can. Unfortunately. This idea has already been introduced and labelled as ‘Utopia’.

    • Adam

      This is not Utopia at all. The Venus Project dispells any allegations of perfection as it understands that everything is evolving. There is no final frontier, only progression. The images you see within TZM/TVP is a vision of what is possible with our technology today. With more minds and greater realisation of our technological reality, I can assure you that this is no “Utopia” but a very plausible reality. We just need a critical mass.

  • Zsuzsanna

    I do understand your comment and VP, but what I was trying to say, is that human nature is perfectly incapable to take only as much as we need and contribute to our best ability. That is the reason for a moderator – money – in between. I agree with the whole VP, it is really progressive and valuable, but I don’t think it is feasible because of our greed, that is why I called it Utopia. You very well pointed out the key factor – critical mess – and that is what we will always be lacking. The critical mess unfortunately would not be happy with only one dress, especially if it’s ‘free’, they would rob the ‘store’ empty.

  • Zsuzsanna and others that might come after me.
    There is no such thing as Greed imbedded in humans. greed is taught by the enviroment you live in. So that argument is false.
    So people will not rob anything if they already have anything they needed. You migth have a point if we now suddenly switch to a RBE, then people who lived under the old system migth have those problems. But the people who will grow up in the new system will not know greed, because it is never thaught by there enviroment.

  • Maestra Sierra

    Most of the things shown in this documentary I grew up knowing. I may had grown up not knowing the precise words to describe the wrong-ness of the society I was living in, but I knew in my minds eyes that the culture I was living in was a lie and that there were so much hypocrisy within it that I didn’t want to associate myself with it. I took upon myself to isolate myself away from such lies and hypocrisy at such a young age. I looked to nature and admired other species within this planet due to their honesty and sincerity. I questioned humanity particularly the humanity from the more technologically advanced societies. I was disgusted at how vulgar, superficial, greedy, lying sack of pile of carbon waste they were. I was singled out as a child due to the attitude I had for the people within the culture I was in but I didn’t care… I wasn’t going to live a lie or be part of that destructive society that separates people and brings one up into believing that he or she is worthless unless he or she is of a certain status or has X amount of education and so forth. My peers are now starting to see what I always had seen and knew about as a little girl. They now ask for forgiveness for wronging me. Anyways this is a must watched video especially for those who are knee deep believers of the lies they were fed by those around them.

  • slick230

    I would assume that even without a monetary system there will always be something that divides us and in the end cause the demise of any type of society. It is natural for social beings to seek power and that is seen in every society both in human and in nature. Power is derived from intimidation and violence. So even in a society where everything you need to survive is provided to you there will still be someone with a reason to bring it crashing to the ground.

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