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Z-Day and Venus project

In just two short days Z-Day will be here! We have a huge event set up at Westlake center from 10am till 5pm  where we’ll be gathering with a conglomerate of other socially conscious and sustainable oriented organizations working for the betterment of human and earth kind. After the event we’ll also be having a screening of Zeitgeist: Moving Forward at 6:30pm – 9:30pm. So, for this post I’ve decided to include a PDF file of some of the designs and a few brief explanations for The Venus Project to allow people to get a feel for what it’s about and what TZM supports.

Venus Project pdf

Well, quite a bit has happened lately. Plans for Z-day are underway and it looks like it’s shaping up to be quite the event for March 13th. As of late a new project called “Why I’m for Zeitgeist” has been put forth. You can make a podcast audio file or a video explaining why you are for this movement. So, that’s exactly what myself and my mom are planning to do. Pod cast will be up soon as soon as we can get it done.

http://mwmurdock.podbean.com/2010/12/15/accurate-information/

Ever since I got into the Zeitgeist Movement and really connected with the people involved, it’s been non-stop doing this and that for it. Which I don’t mind, cuz it’s awesome, I love the people I work and talk with and the projects we do allow me to learn new things, challenge myself and feel like I’m getting something done.

So, first off, on a more personal note, I’m starting a new eating plan and work out regimen. Most of you out there who are reading probably at some point or another struggled with some weight issue or know someone who has. Whether it’s being too skinny, too fat, disliking something or another about your body, most of us have been there and I’m no exception. My issue is weight and body fat percentage. I’m not obese, but I’m not healthy either. I’m currently at 165 pounds and about a year ago I was at 198. True, I’ve lost quite a bit, but I’ve still got aways to go. I’ve yo-yo dieted, tried all kinds of crazy things, from general counting calories, atkins, vegetarian, vegan, and other different types of measurements. In the end, what has worked for me is just plain portion control and listening to my body when I’m hungry. Also, I try not to get to the point of being really hungry, cuz then it’s hard to think about what you really need, vs how what you feel you need. Your stomach is an idiot, not until 20 minutes after you’re “full” does it even send signals to the brain that your fine now and not rage starving like a marathon runner after getting up in the morning. Anyway, my eating plan consists of 6-7 meals a day, protein of some sort with every meal along with a carb (Carb part can be fruit, or some complex carb such as potato or even yogurt) and two to three must have a veggie serving along with each protein and carb. The protein, carb (and veggie) servings can be either the size of your fist or your palm. This way, you’re eating the right amount of calories, but not gorging yourself for only two to three meals a day, you’re sprinkling the nutrients you need on a more daily basis, by consuming said portions every 2-3 hours. Never go with out eating over 3 hours. I’ve done this type of diet many times before, you get ravenous, dizzy and totally irritable if you don’t eat that often. This eating plan also consists of a work out regimen too, but I’m going to focus on the eating for a few days to get my body used to it and then post about the work out regimen. So, that’s what’s personally going on with me. I’ll keep a recording of my measurements, progress, feelings and such through out my use of this eating/workout regimen. At the end of it, I’ll post the site I got this from if it works for me so others may try. Last thing I want to do is promote something that sounds great, but doesn’t work and have others try and fail. Also, I’ll be eating organic as much as possible, so much of my shopping will take place here

Back of Skagit Co-op

Ok, on a more professional and business oriented note we’re having a Zeitgeist Moving Forward showing at Skagit Valley College! Which I’m very, very excited about. It’ll be playing on the 19th of February at around 6pm (Further details coming soon!) Two boys I met and have become quite fast friends with are also going to stay for a few days to help us out. These guys are awesome, I can both relate and learn from them. They both have strengths and weaknesses that play well and contrast each other to help them out and get things done. Both have a fantastic dynamic to each of their personalities and I love hanging with them. I know how blessed, for lack of a better explanation to know everyone I do in the movement and get along with them. It’s still odd, once in a while, being the youngest of the group, I have so much to learn and experience that I lack, but they’re all really kind, exuberant and dedicated and that makes working on such a huge task far easier then if everyone was so down about changing the world and in the process, themselves by learning and gaining new experience as we all go along.

Also, Z-Day or Awareness day is coming up as well! This will be March 13th at West Lake Center in Seattle and it’s going to be awesome! We’re doing a sort of as one of the Seattle co-coordinators puts it “A farmers market of collaboration and awareness” I believe. We’re planning to join forces and have other organizations with like minded goals come forth and talk with the public, sharing ideas, tips and discussions on many, many topics including sustainability, environment, technology, social pathology and so on. Each organization can have key note speakers as well. The entire day is set up so we can all converse with the public and create bonds while also going forth and reaching goals that we wouldn’t be able to do just by ourselves. Cooperation is key to any successful venture that has to do with bettering anything.

Updates on my weight (so fascinating…) our showing and Z-day (far more fascinating!) coming up soon!

Have any questions about Z-day or our showing or even questions about weight (I’m no expert, but I do know a few things) please feel free to comment!

The world as it stands today, its conduct and processes are … to put it nicely, messed up. What with nearly 1 in four people in the world live on less then a dollar a day, where 3% of the worlds population hold 40% of the planets wealth, things are far from being a pretty picture, yet we all still go on, working jobs, going to school working on our existential and internal issues, often questioning our own sanity, though we dare not speak of it to anyone else, for fear of being ostracized and outcast. I want to say right now that we all are insane. To let this continue till it starts to affect everyone and we can no longer turn a blind eye is utter blasphemy and says nothing for the account of the human species. We don’t own this earth, we’re blessed to be alive at all, yet this is what we do with it? Meaningless and often cruel tendencies we’re forced to participate in which we don’t even realize the weight of our actions. Insanity is stated to mean “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” This is ALL we do. We do the same thing everyday and hope that maybe things will change by themselves, or maybe today things will be a bit better. Honest truth, how can something be different if it is literally the exact same thing as before? Obviously it can’t, that’s the point. False hope, false promise given to us by which we submit ourselves to honestly believe because we wish for it. What are we? 3 year olds? Even our youngest can understand when something isn’t working and to try something new. Worse still is that not only are we a horribly stagnant and monotonous group, but it’s getting worse. With all the waste we produce, planned obsolescence, the wealthy controlling everything, when not only do they not have a right to, but also generally didn’t earn what they have, unlike those who have very little, but still work with it.

The funny thing … or rather morbidly funny thing is it’s getting worse and we don’t realize it or if we do, we have the time honored excuse of “That’s just the way it is” – I just love this cop-out (note sarcasm and pure distain underlying it) What right does one even have to say that? I’d love to take each person who honestly believes this to go to someone homeless, or starving, or grieving for something and say “That’s just the way it is” and see what happens. Worst part about it that drives me insane is that often the one who says the status quo as it stands with the phrase “that’s just the way it is” is the one helping cause the issues, either directly or inadvertly. Being that they either have the train of thought to think “Oh, it’s just this small bad thing I did, no big deal.” But … it’s never just one thing is it? Neither is it actually small. Studies show that if one person does something immoral or something widely deemed as abhorrent behavior, it opens the door not only for other to copy, but also to amplify and worsen the condition and issues in the first place. Everyone does this, go ahead and believe that maybe somehow you’re better then the lab rats we all show ourselves to be, but I’ll tell you right now, you aren’t and neither am I. This is not to put anyone reading this down, this is to show how we are conditioned to be what we act like. I have a theory on the excuse we come up with when we do a said act. It’s logical to us … at the time anyway. Generally ones train of thought runs down the line to think something like “Well, someone is going to do it, doesn’t really matter who, does it.” Think about it. When you did something considered “bad” you had something near that line of though or a variation of it. We excuse ourselves from these things because guilt tears us up. We as humans find anything we can to excuse ourselves from something we know is wrong. Whether it be on a personal level, such as lying to a friend; professional level, such as putting the blame on someone else if the boss finds out you did it or a social level, such as causing some small conflict that ends up snowballing.

Even the exceptions for bad behavior, being good behavior, is merely another excuse. Sure, it feels good to help someone or do something that “bad” people don’t do, but do we really mean it? Do you actually care about recycling for instance because you’re worried about the future of the planet and the animals who suffer because of our belligerent negligence? Or is it because you’re worried about your possible children’s and grandchildren’s future and how healthy they’ll be in a massively land, water and air polluted world? Or maybe because you yourself want a cleaner environment over all so you live longer and what you consider better? Maybe you do it just because everyone else is or someone got on your back about it. What ever the reason, it’s still purely an excuse from any bad things you’ve done. A sort of redemption. Do you actually mean it? Would you care for instance for the health of the planet itself if the human race were to die anyway? Say recycling wasn’t for us, it’s actually for the planet and in 200 years we’ll all die out or something. Think you’d still care? Why should you? You, or any part of you (being your fellow human beings) is now out of the equation, so why should you care?  Not only is this an excuse for previous wrong doings, but now, even worse, future ones. Take someone who recycles all the time and litters simply because they aren’t thinking about it, in a hurry can’t find a trash, whatever subsequent excuse they come up with, well, they recycle, so it’s all good, they made up for it, right? Let me refer back to the previous notion that when people are more likely to act abhorrently when they see it done, again, with an excuse for doing so, because someone else did. I’ll bet if you were to quantify the results, all the recycling that one person did is now outweighed by all the new littering that happened as a result of their previous excuse to litter. Now, sure I may be taking a few things either out of context or stretching the truth in order to make a point, we all do that, even if we don’t realize it.

All this taken into account, I’d like to know world, what’s your next excuse for another disaster that happens? Is that just the way it is? Do we have no control over our actions? Or is it just that some people are “bad”? I think we’re made up of a large intricate web of pure excuses, some total B.S. and others having little or no merit in the long run. We can change this, start taking responsibility for our actions, admit when we’re wrong, realize failures are not FAIL, they are how we learn and we must strive in life to make the most logical and sustainable decisions we can. Not just for us, but for everything we believe we stand for.

I’ve been apart of this movement for about 3 years. I’ve since then I’ve gone to 2 Z-Day’s which are basically celebrations for those in the movement and for anyone curious or interested to come and find out what we’re about. I’ve become a core member of the Washington chapter and have made some great new friends and met some truly great people. I’ve become more and more involved, from going out and posting flyers for the new movie, to helping organize the showing we had at the Metro and taking tickets. This movement is also forcing me to come out of my shell. I’ve always seen the world a bit differently then most, but I’ve also been too shy to ever really say so or speak out. Certain people in particular in my life, both that I’ve known before the movement and after I became apart of it are helping and guiding me in an abstract way on a journey of finding not only a better way, but also who I am and what I want in and from life.

The following posts will be about both the journey of Zeitgeist itself and of a personal one and how it’s influenced me, both through the knowledge I have and am acquiring and also the people and circumstances I encounter. I hope those reading both enjoy reading and are interested in a mutual way. Really, because there isn’t anything worse in the way of the internet then spending time reading an extremely long post of some sort and coming back from delving in none the wiser. I’ll update as much as possible and when inspiration strikes. I would love to hear comments and thoughts, criticisms are welcome to, but not if they’re unfounded and have no basis for argument or debate. Troll comments will be deleted as will spam.

World is listening, or is it?

My first blog. Well, to start off this will suck at first, just like the beginning of mastering things, you generally are horrible at it, or in rare cases, have a small knack to show you’ll eventually get better. According to the book I’m using to get this blog going, I will die a little inside when I come back and look at this post (Although it’s too late, because part of my soul is already pushing up daisies *shudder*) but, that which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? So, let’s get started. This blog will be half personal, half extroverted, meaning, it will contain a general view both myself and others see about the topic I’m writing about, which is The Zeitgeist Movement and The Venus Project.

I first came in contact with the knowledge of the existence of each from seeing Zeitgeist: Addendum. My mom came home from her college class and told me all the students watched this movie called “Zeitgeist: Addendum” however, they were unable to watch all of it since in a educational, beaurcratic view it was too “controversial” which me, being me, I just thought “Ooh, put it in! Must watch!” as the status quo never interested me, except for when it can be bent or broken. During the first part of the movie, the part that covers the monetary system, how it was created and how it works, I was giggling. Not because I found it ridiculous, but because it figured to me. After all the dealings I’ve had with money and the system as it stands, the pain it’s caused, the lies it perpetuates, it just seems like irony, or rather an oxy-moron to find out it was created the way it is, which is to say, it’s fake and it’s a game of monopoly. Wait, I can hear you right now, I got ahead of myself didn’t I? I promise I’ll eventually get over that, but then again, this is a personal blog and it is written from my point of view for the most part. Either way, I’m sure you’re confused, correct?

Let’s start over.

Lemme first start with explaining just what The Zeitgeist Movement (or how I’ll often refer to it as TZM) is. The Zeitgeist Movement is a grass roots organization that is the activist arm of The Venus Project. (TVP) Both organizations strive to explain the problems of the world at it’s route causes, advocate a shift in the social paradigm by offering the solution of an RBE (Resource Based Economy) in which the earth is declared the inheritance of all of it’s inhabitants and where we as the human race learn how to effectively use and allocate the resources given to us in the most logically and humanly strategic way possible so that every being is taken care of, meaning fed, housed and free in the most humanly possible way, with out having to submit to employment to a machine, nor another human. For a clearer understanding then I can simply offer in words, watch the movie Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, which covers both the problems we face in society, in depth and well researched reasons as to why we face them, and solutions we can do to help alleviate the issues at their root causes. Link here at the bottom of this post. The movie is free to watch and is 2 hours and 41 minutes on YouTube.

Now, hoping that was at least somewhat of a sufficent explaintion, let’s continue with the blog.

As I said earlier about my first contact with the movement, I was intrigued, but also skeptical. In seeing both Zeitgeist and Zeitgeist Addendum and being Christian, hearing the facts of religions was a bit of a put off, and still often is for most people. Later I learned that Zeitgeist was a movie created before the movement started, basically it was Peter Joseph’s (creator of the movies) personal and researched view on some of the issues that come along with institutions and the status quo, how people are blinded to what’s really going on, which is true, but you still catch more flies with honey then with vinegar (which is a horrible metaphor because one it isn’t true, and two, why would someone want to catch flies??) Anyway, Addendum covers things much better, but it still has issues and doesn’t go into enough depth on The Venus Project. Moving Forward however covers everything very well and engages the audience with both hard hitting facts and humor which we need in this morbidity we’re surrounded by, especially with the issues talked about, such as human nature vs nurture. What actually makes someone a killer or with out empathy? This and lots of other things are discussed with experts on the subject with a particular focus in the beginning on epigenetics.