About Zeitgeist Change
Zeit (time) geist (spirit) is German for (spirit of the age or spirit of the time) and a word often attributed to the philosopher Georg Hegel who was quoted as saying, “no man can surpass his own time, for the spirit of his time is also his own spirit.” The word coined from his writings came to represent the dominant school of thought that typifies and influences the culture of a particular period in history.
We are living in a period of rapid cultural, economic, and climatic change. Much policy directing the force of change is being imposed upon the masses by those who have managed to grasp the reins of power of our government in the game of capitalism and religion. This is in spite of massive resistance by the spirit of the people expressed in election results and demonstrations in the streets.
Zeitgeist Change intends to explore our disparate and messy landscape: political (the two-party polarization, and the buyout and co-option of our government); economic (equality versus inequality, and rigging of the game of meritocracy); environment (including the poisoning of our food by industrialized farming) and climate change; military (consumption of GDP and use of force in our never-ending wars); education (public versus the perils of privatization); religion (encroachment into policy, privacy, and freedom); and women’s equality, safety, and reproductive rights. This blog will be shining a light on media coverage, particularly the bias of corporate-owned mainstream media, and poking at the underbelly for what lies buried and hidden from public view.
In the spirit of Thomas Paine and his Common Sense (the blog of him time) Zeitgeist Change includes déjà vu visitations to the past, as we scratch our heads and ask, ‘Haven’t we been here before?’ Or: ‘Is this how we came to be hanging over this cliff?’ The blog commentary, and selections from other writers and journalists, and reviews of books and films, assumes the right and privilege of presenting and spreading the wisdom, insight, courage, and spirit of the people in directing change that sustains a future—a future we want for our children and grandchildren. It examines current time and occasionally revisits the effects of earlier times that continue to ripple and resonate—some with brilliance, others with dark subliminal messages that still lurk in our human consciousness and chain us in fear, ignorance, hatred, and divisiveness. It assumes the right to be irreverent as we dig for truth and understanding.
Comments from readers—partners in Zeitgeist Change—are encouraged. No hateful or defamatory comments are allowed. Lively debate is encouraged. Flaming, trolling and ad hominem attacks are strongly discouraged.
Now let’s get to work: let’s educate, illuminate, and be the spirit of the people to enact change that sustains and honors a legacy wanted for future generations.