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Why I advocate the Zeitgeist Movement

February 14, 2011
Why I advocate the Zeitgeist MovementHere is the link to my YouTube contribution for the Zeitgeist Advocacy Project:
I have included the text here on my blog.

Here is the link to my YouTube contribution for the Zeitgeist Advocacy Project:

Why I advocate the Zeitgeist Movement

I have included the text here on my blog

I watched the Zeitgeist movie and was very impressed with the poetry expressed there, I had recognised it as an artistic expression first, and certainly empathised with the political comment. Then when the Addendum came out I was very excited by the suggestion of removing the monitory system but had not thought seriously of it, until I saw the Orientation Presentation. After I finished watching that, i felt to me like a shift in consciousness that understood its implication, and not only is it a desirable direction but a necessary one. My mindset had shifted to a place that I always knew was there but could never properly communicate it. Now it is all so obvious in the light of the experience of my life as I have lived it.

I have never felt comfortable in the system that was presented to me, thus I had chosen to retire form it at the age of 23. I had an invitation to live on a Yoga Ashram north of Sydney, this was my entrance to real life. I had no intention to see it as anything religious but rather as an experimental living situation, although it did become integral in developing my spirituality. Rather I came to understand yoga as an ancient science based on real facts, evidenced by my then new enthusiasm for life, overall fitness and the clearing up of all my teenage allergies.

On the community there were about 60 people and we lived in a totally self sufficient manner. It was much more exciting than the humdrum from which I was being indoctrinated, which I had considered no better than being a criminal. The criminal robs a bank and gets his money up front then spends his life in jail, whereas a worker spends his life in jail and doesn’t get his money till the end, i.e. he was meant to die 2 years after retiring. However on the community it was pure survival and none of these games. Of course there was a hierarchy but I took no notice of it, I just considered that a game that other people play. I would notice people living there believing that that it was an escape from something, but in reality they can not run from themselves. It is the dynamics between them and the outside world that creates their reality. Personally I was more interested in the challenges of real life, and how I could contribute. The rewards was a job well done, or a difficult problem solved.

Everything in the beginning was making do and being creative with hands on problem solving. When something needed doing it often involved figuring out how to do it. Often resources would need to be found to complete a task and more often involved improvising. We did some amazing things, for example the property was in a valley which flooded, and even though we put buildings there, of course sensitive to the floods once we had seen the extent of it, the rich alluvial soil we carried up the hills by hand in buckets and made terraced gardens. Where it gets interesting and relevant to the direction of The Zeitgeist Movement is I had learned to be motivated by what I did. Life was a continuum rather than an excuse to make money. This is where I learned to enjoy anything that I had to do, because everything I did had to be done. I have first hand experience of being motivated by the tasks at hand rather than the money. We produced everything that was needed for survival within the community, that is, in the context of immediate needs.

I actually stayed there for 8 years without the need to ever think in terms of money for survival. No-one actually used money except to deal with the outside world.  Everything that was needed, was bought was within the resources of a collective and very easily satisfied. It is much easier functioning out of a cooperative compared to the everybody-for-themselves attitude. Life was complete within the structure of what was happening. At night we would discuss how we feel and what we felt was right or wrong, but all in the context of the immediate reality. Eventually I left because my need to play music was not being met, which was a part of a bigger picture, and now I understand that more clearly. I had learned to enjoy what I did and thus earn the privilege of doing what I enjoy. This is why I advocate TZM, because there are aspects of living without money that I can relate to. My focus is still always what I do and never what I earn. As a result one is not limited to what gets done, and this is an integral part of invention, and discovery.

So now I am a musician living in Australia and for the past 25 years I have played music mostly full time, I do spontaneous performances and have always performed without a fee unless someone specifically wants me to play somewhere. All my earnings are donations without solicitation thus the pure creative expression is preserved and the social conscience is exposed. I would dearly love not to be concerned for donations, for at that moment, there is always a distraction where there is an interrupting to the object of reward. This is because I am at all times in my performance giving my best, and that is because my focus is being a musician rather than being an entertainer. This is all relative to what is possible in terms of multitasking. In a Resourced Base Economy a person can then truly given freely of themselves once all needs were met. In the present society I do it despite the sick system, this all I can do on a personal level. My reward is when I find someone who is touched or inspired. I am very grateful for being supported, and see it an measure of social health.

In todays society music has more to do with fashion, and in this case technology interferes with human needs and becomes an inhibiting satisfier. Art, craft, and playing music is really a tool for communication, inspiration and self discovery. Instead it has been hijacked for the purpose of consumerism and glamour, devoid of any human motor skill and replaced with marketing. Thus the artist was displaced by recordings because an object for sale is preferable than someone doing something, adding to the reality distortions created by the profit system. Rather than value a special moment, everyone is subjected to endless white noise, numbing their perception altogether.

I will summarise a few or these potentials. My own specific expertise is solo instrumental music, which maximised an individuals output, where what is humanly possible is challenged. Upon taking this challenge, and then finding an opportunity to share it there is always a gift to the receiver, which the receiver can make in the moment to receive. It is a wordless experience, which has several practical functions. The space of reflection is the space for ideas to come in. It is good to have an experience free of the normal intellectual activity. It is good to give yourself time to listen without judgement, to witness any emotion that arises. The focus and attention of an audience to a performer can improve a performance, creating mutual benefit.

What I describe here is not exclusive to the Arts, but true for every human endeavour, wether it be mundane, creative, academic, or scientific. This is true for most jobs as well. Thus the original skill that was needed to be fam
ous as a musician, was replaced with the celebrity, where technology was used to replace the skill. The copyright for a musician used to be their ability to play, now it is a paper proclamation for a nursery rhyme. The conditioning for most people is being a spectator rather than being a doer, and the aversion for hard work is enforced when people realise that if they can make money without actually doing anything, then they will choose that. They then loose the opportunity to become skilful and the joy of fulfilment with success. This is all relevant to my connection to TZM and the removal of money. The shift in values comes where someone aspires to improve themselves for what they can give, for it is what a person gives creates the common wealth. The greater the common wealth the more the individual can benefit. The common wealth is expressed in the Resourced Base Economy.

The competition that was imposed upon musicians just trying to survive was integral in destroying the harmony needed to make good music, demonstrated by performers using backing tracks. It is very difficult now to find musicians who are able to listen to and compromise with other musicians, when they are jamming. My point here is that the profit-competitor system has been of such detriment to everybody and now the whole thing is coming apart. I am very excited now about a new way of thinking, and hope we can at last move out from this absolutely dysfunctional social system toward something that embraces efficiency and intelligence. Hopefully we will stop competing with each other and create a cooperacy.

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