The World is addicted to weapons, armaments, militarism and death, a reality which has been intertwined into every aspect of the global economy. In the past year alone, the World has spent some $1.6 trillion on the buying and selling of death machines that have no purpose other than death itself.
The sooner and faster they can deliver death, the better and more expensive they are. Added to this mix is the overwhelming financial service infrastructure that facilitates the death economy, which includes the entertainment enterprise itself that captures the imagination of the living and makes it possible for them to pursue and imagine the death of others and themselves as well.
The scope of the death economy must include prisons, gun violence, domestic violence and drugs, both the legal and those perceived to be illegal, that keep all numb to the mass production of death as a growth industry. The death economy produces the spiritual death of society.
The death economy is the type that commodifies fear, stokes resentment, raises racial tensions, fosters ignorance, manufactures conflicts, urges interventions, and marshals resources to sniff life itself.
It is an economy that spends a million dollar to produce a smart bomb to be used once to kill human potential many generations over. Producing smart bombs is more important and has more meaning than nurturing smart and caring human beings!
The death economy is the type of economy that cuts child care, health care, education, agriculture research, storytelling, libraries, schools, arts and social uplifting in favor of maximum and unlimited expenditures for smart bombs and killing machines.
The death economy has a bottomless pit of resources that are readily marshaled to produce faster, bigger, and supposedly smarter death machines that are intended to bring about the end of many lives at a time.
Death machines are funded with no questions asked and wrapped in the flag of patriotism and nationalism. Death machines are paraded on the national stage and celebrated as if they are objects of religious veneration giving spiritual meaning to an empty edifice that has become accustomed to the nauseating smell of death and destruction.
The death economy is one that produces a national cult of death that sends its own to graveyards near and far for no other purpose than to pad profit margins for a Dracula type private country club of morally bankrupt CEOs and their political delivery boys at the helm of governments.
Debt and death economy go hand in hand. Governments borrow massively to fund the production of death machines and keep the addiction of the death economy moving no matter the consequences.
Defending the nation from domestic and foreign enemies calls for developing the needed weapons and armaments, which if not undertaken correctly would result in loss of status and position in the world.
Death machines are needed to protect the nation and its entire people from a possible attack by a group or a state using better or more tested death machines.
We need them to protect ourselves but to do that, we must surrender to the death economy itself, which kills all of us many times over!
The real revolution is the revolution of values.
Human Society appears centuries behind in the way it operates and hence what it values. If we wish to progress and solve the mounting problems at hand and, in effect, reverse what is an accelerating decline of our civilization in many ways, we need to change the way we think about ourselves and hence the World we inhabit.
The Zeitgeist Movement’s central task is to work to bring this value shift to light, unifying the Human family with the basic perspective that we all share this small planet and we are all bound by the same natural order laws, as realized by the method of science.
This common ground understanding extends much farther than many have understood in the past. The symbiosis of the Human species and the synergistic relationship of our place in the physical world confirms that we are not separate entities in any respect and that the new societal awakening must show a working social model that is arrived at from this inherent logic if we expect to survive and prosper in the long term.
We can align or we can suffer. It is up to us.
I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the World revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented Society.
When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, militarism and economic exploitation are incapable of being conquered.
A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar.
A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth with righteous indignation. It will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, ‘This is not just.’
It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, ‘This is not just. The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.
A true revolution of values will lay a hand on the World order and say of war, ‘This way of settling differences is not just.’ This business of burning Human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and Love.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
America, the richest and most powerful nation in the World, can well lead the way in this revolution of values. There is nothing, except a tragic death wish, to prevent us from reordering our priorities, so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war.