Sociology

TZM Challenge - Best Essays and Responses

TZM Challenge - Best Essays and Responses

We would like to announce the authors of the best essay submissions for The Zeitgeist Movement Challenge. They are Ryan Salisbury and Jack Eade.

All the essays submitted are viewable below. The top 2, by Ryan and Jack, have been formally responded to by Matt Berkowitz, James Phillips, and Ben McLeish of the TZM Global Lecture Team, and are viewable as well.

For reference, TZM Challenge is laid out here:
http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com/uploads/upload/file/24/tzmchallenge.pdf

Universal Oneness, Cultivating Compassion and Repairing our Severed Connections with One Another and the Environment

Universal Oneness, Cultivating Compassion and Repairing our Severed Connections with One Another and the Environment

Albert Einstein is quoted as saying:

"A human being is part of the whole called by us 'universe', a part of time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

Family

Family

The word or idea of "family" is so universal and accepted it would almost seem that any discussion on it would have to be personal. I believe the idea of family, however, is quite a bit more complicated (or at least should be) than what it may seem.

Family is essentially just the blood connection between people, so it is basically the sharing of genetic material. Why is it then that we have such a large emotional connection to family? (Or at least the majority of people have or are expected to.)

Out-and-out liars or Outliers?

Out-and-out liars or Outliers?

Often heard in our modern tale of triumph, like Perseus slaying Medusa, is the glossy version of a business person who has beat all odds to become the most successful, most imitated, and ultimately, the most wealthy in their field. Heavy books are written about them—can you go into a bookstore without having Steve Jobs stare you down? The almighty business heroes comprise the bulk of our mythos that feed the global capitalist imagination. Warren Buffet. Oprah. Bill Gates. They don’t even need a full sentence because you already know their stories.

Democracy – From Power to Process

Democracy – From Power to Process

For as long as there have been humans, there has been some form of central authority to manage decision-making. Whether it has been the elder, the shaman, the chief, the king or the president, most societies throughout history have established their decision-making around a central figure or group which it deems most wise or knowledgeable. The problem with a central authority is that it almost always generates corruption.

Good Exists

Good Exists

Everybody agrees that there is too much ‘Bad’ in the world. It’s all over the media. The news seems to be full of bad in one form or another. There are a few happy news reports, but they seem buried under all the muck.

But good is there, it just needs to be fostered. Our mindset is all wrong. Monetary systems foster and nurture all of our negative behaviors and in many cases amplify them.

Unifying the World, Bringing Down the Fences

Unifying the World, Bringing Down the Fences

Earth is owned by no one and is home to all. In accordance, everyone ought to have unrestricted rights of passage, residence, and work throughout the planet.

When the communications revolution meets the energy revolution meets the social revolution

When the communications revolution meets the energy revolution meets the social revolution

We're already in the communications revolution, and when that really hits the upcoming energy revolution, i.e., green tech, renewables, etc.; it will merge together and manifest as a social revolution. The social revolution will likely make governance and business more free-distribution-oriented, and will largely be driven by automation.

The Architecture of Thought

The Architecture of Thought

It is human nature to try and understand our surroundings and in some way contribute to them, either to further our own existence or to help others in some way. Human curiosity is, I think, one of our most powerful attributes - the eternal need to search for more knowledge and to better understand our place in our environment. Now, that's the basis for science, as what science is constantly trying to do is discover how, why, when, and where things exist.

Faith

Faith

In order to even begin to discuss the idea of faith and what it means, we have to define it totally and definitively. The English word of faith just means you have a strong conviction, one way or the other, on a particular idea/person/entity. A more realistic understanding of the word and the idea that it represents, at least currently, is similar but is more specific. Faith is the belief in a concept that has zero proof at all.

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