I agree with the inspirational and practical message that it is possible to live in a world without money without fear when “we all can work together for the benefit of humankind (and the environment) without the need for money and the slavery it creates”. While many people are still conditioned by the modern society and governments to think money is indispensable for living or making a living, more and more people can awake to the fact that we have the power to co-create a new or different kind of world in which we do things for ourselves and others out of love and compassion within us. The Zeitgeist Movement orientation presentation video also gave some examples of people who did great service to humankind without seeking monetary rewards, including the Wright brothers and Albert Einstein, and the rest of us can too be our own shining lights. It all starts with the power of one, and the ripple effect continues.
“Nature provides everything we need to live a good and natural life. We just need to reconnect with it.”- thommo
Yes, if the banks and governments are ousted one day, or we decide to be less dependent on their systems, we can still live a good and natural life by adapting and reconnecting to Nature. Even in the spiritual or metaphysical realm, we are living in a state of abundance, as the Universe always wants to shower us with blessings.
I also agree with the conclusion of the video – that by the power of imagination (when we take some time each day to imagine a peaceful, collaborative and sustainable world) and our individual actions to change the world for the better, we can make a positive difference.
There is always a possibility that the world today would experience significant changes in future for the better, as we are all in a constant state of change. It is only a matter of time, and it is also up to each of us individuals to co-create a better and more humane reality in our own ways. History has shown that there have been revolutionary changes in spite of the odds, such as the civil rights movements spearheaded by Martin Luther King Jr, and the independence of India by Mahatma Gandhi. Besides, I subscribe a bit to the Age of the Aquarius theory too, which describes our transition into a world that is less dominated by power structures, greed and fear, and more marked by empowered humans, love and peace.
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Some of us may feel ashamed at times that our fellow human beings are dying while we have plenty of food. I think this feeling is understandable because we are all interconnected in the universe, and when one part of the body (of humanity) suffers, the rest suffer too. The more we are conscious of our connectedness, the more we can empathise with one another’s sufferings as well as joys, regardless of distance and time. Another example of this interconnectedness is how people responded in empathy and kindness towards Darin Hufford‘s recent illness, from both near and far.
I suppose the least we can do is to hold our brothers and sisters in loving and peaceful thoughts, as well as do what we can to be of help in our own ways. Besides, despite the fact that there are many incidences of sufferings around the world, there are also many incidences of help and relief being provided for the people who are suffering around the world. I believe there are many (relatively) quiet and low-profile revolutions going on in other countries, that set people free from starvation and oppression, in small but significant ways, except that these cases are not reported by mainstream media usually.
I like Thich Nhat Hanh’s sensitive take on the state of the world in his book “Being Peace“, as it has grains of truths that are simple, compassionate and empowering.
“Life is filled with suffering, but it is also filled with many wonders, like the blue sky, the sunshine, the eyes of a baby. To suffer is not enough. We must also be in touch with the wonders of life. They are within us all around us, everywhere, any time.
If we are not happy, if we are not peaceful, we cannot share peace and happiness with others, even those we love, those who live under the same roof. If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Yes, even as we acknowledge the sufferings in the world, we can also acknowledge the wonders in the world too. Maybe our inner peace can impact not only those around us, but also those who are suffering in other countries. This is a reminder for me as well.
- Thoughts on Presentation for The Zeitgeist Movement (TZM) (realrest.wordpress.com)
- Reflection for today…Interrelationship -Thich Nhat Hanh (mysoulsonice.wordpress.com)
- Imagine… (homelifeonline.wordpress.com)
- Zeitgeist Movement (manfly.wordpress.com)
- Living in a continuum and leaving behind a legacy (realrest.wordpress.com)
- “Imagine a World Without Money” (realrest.wordpress.com)
- What lies ahead for us? (manfly.wordpress.com)
- Favorite Quotes of All Time (tingkelly.wordpress.com)