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Why The Zeitgeist Movement?
As of early 2015, we have seen a dramatic validation of all issues (positive and negative) The Zeitgeist Movement (TZM) has been pleading for a social awareness and intelligent resolution since its inception.
On the positive, our technological capacity to create global abundance through the exponential increase in dematerialization and automation has been staggering. We exist in a powerful new epoch of possibility where we can elevate humanity to a new social state of peace and stability, while restoring the habitat.
On the negative, we see global stagnation of employment due fundamentally to the application of labor-displacing technology while we continue to endure rampant poverty and wage immobility. The global "class war" seems to be hitting epic proportions as it is now estimated that 1% of the population will own half the world's wealth by 2016.
Personal and public debt levels continue to rise unabated, with this mechanism for "soft slavery" not only keeping the average person under false pressure to constantly "work" in an attempt to make ends meet - it has also created vast instances of imposed national austerity, which only hurts the average people in all countries applied.
Furthermore, we continue to destroy biodiversity and overshoot resource use to keep our consumptions-based economy going. All life support systems remain in decline. As far as social relations, all one has to do is review the state of near constant social insurrection to feel the anger and tension building towards a climax we have not yet realized.
There is no time more important to be active if one cares about themselves, their family the next generation. The time is now. The only solution is to change the social system and that mission of TZM continues unabated.
Can we earn a living on a living planet?
Some of the values TZM advocates is a society with less economic inequality and more dignified work that contributes to the greater good and is safe from toxins and hazards. We want the material basis of economic prosperity and the ecological bounty required to thrive—clean water and air, fertile soil and wholesome food.
We want our children to flourish, their bodies to grow strong and healthy, with full voices and laughter. We want our elders to be honored and treasured. We want vibrant communities of art, creativity, song, and learning.
We want less toil and more rest. We want the weekend and a few more weekdays to delight in one another and care for the young, the old, and those in need. We want time to care for the earth, to be generous stewards and protectors of the commons, passing it on undiminished to future generations.. This is the basis of an NL/RBE.
This piece is inspired from a February article published by the Post Carbon Institute which explores this question: http://www.postcarbon.org/can-we-earn-a-living-on-a-living-planet/
TZM Education Project: The purpose of TZME is to enable supporters of a natural law resource based economic model (NLRBE) to understand and appreciate the need to approach the education system in an effort to initiate the value shift required for a more peaceful and sustainable future to emerge.
This project is headed up by TZM UK member James Phillips who is a music teacher in the UK. He has developed a website & resources to help TZM advocates/supporters/chapters approach activism in education and schools.
He has resources for ages: 5-10, 10-15, and 15-20. And also how to approach teachers.
To find out more visit: http://tzmeducation.org/
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