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06 October 2008 @ 12:57 am
 
I was cruising around some of my feeds and noticed an announcement for Zeitgeist: Addendum. I didn't know it was out already. Let it load overnight from Google Video and just watched it now.

It's so rare that a documentary like this can move me to tears just by the thought of what society could be like, of what we could do for each other, of the potential mankind could finally realise if we escaped this chokehold...
It's hard to fathom as a possible reality. I was asking myself questions that defeated the point, and I realised their absurdity, but I couldn't understand some things entirely. Resources... how do you stop people from being selfish and greedy in a resource-based society? How do you control fair shares? This is stuff I have to research for myself, and plan to later.

You cannot deny facts, historical evidence, personal accounts... there is no agenda from these people. The first film was powerful. This was the perfect follow-up.

I've always doubted investing my time in things, you know. Everything has always seemed pointless, somehow. Why fund that one child when the money probably doesn't even go to them, why devote yourself to religion, why bother with charity in general, why volunteer for things, why. For the first time, this... this is a feasible thing that I would give time to for the scale of it, the benefits... it's a worldwide benefit. I want this. I want to live in this world. Nothing is perfect, but it eliminates so much suffering...

Don't debate this with me. Judge it for yourself. Watch it. Don't just brush it off. The only way to be sure of what you know and believe is to experience all sides of an argument, expand your mind and make it up for yourself.
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umbrellaleaf on October 6th, 2008 10:22 am (UTC)
Uuughh kind of tempted to watch but at the same time I think it will just annoy me. The first one really bugged me cause despite how it was on about conspiracy theories and cover-ups etc, the lack of factual evidence and just...the film ITSELF felt somehow deceptive to me. It bugs me when I watch stuff like that where I agree with a lot of the stuff but at the same time I can see the gaping wide holes for rebuttal which could easily be filled but haven't been bothered to (same with Michael Moore's stuff). Plus it annoyed me that some of the theories were brought up as being all new and whatever but...they have been around for years. Is this one better supported in terms of being more accurate about where things are from etc?
TASHmanian devil: hide // genkai haretsurobotalarm on October 6th, 2008 11:16 am (UTC)
The first was indeed more about conspiracy, etc. This is more of an economics and global issues based film. Whether or not everything is factual, I can't be sure. I don't know the way the federal reserve bank works. I do know it's rather common knowledge that the government covers up assassinations and has its agenda in terms of profit from foreign countries. If you find things to question, fantastic. Go question them, dude! I have a couple to sus' out myself.
aussielung: Fetusaussielung on October 7th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
I haven't finished Addendum yet. Watched the first two section on Sunday night then the brain went 'blahhhh' and I had to get me some sleep. I'm going to make a second attempt at getting all the way through it tonight.

The subject matter is quite fitting for the economic times we live in at the moment although the information given is by no mean a revolation to those who bothered to keep up with these things and question what the mainstream media was feeding them.And the film makers have a great nack for stearing clear of the wild conspiracy theories that come from this sort of documentary that inevitably lead to people thinking the producers are a bunch of wack jobs.

The whole Zeitgeist series is a great for that alone.