Importance of TZM
We have a system value disorder and in order to produce substantial change, we need a value system change. For example: we can imprison and kill “terrorists” but the system that brought up such individuals still exists, and until the value system is examined, terrorists will continue to thrive. TZM is important because unlike other organizations and establishments its focus is on the whole life perspective – the root causes, not the symptoms.
One percent (1%) of the world’s population owns 40% of the planet’s wealth (France-Presse, 2011). The structure of the system maintains this gap. Americans who are poor pay double the state and local tax as compared to the top 1% (Kavoussi, 2012). Social inequality continues to increase. The United States, for example, has a worse income inequality today than it was in 1774 (Weissmann, 2012).
TZM argues that the current Social System is the inherent cause of the social problems we have today. The resulting effect on human behavior creates “corruption, pollution, wars, waste, and exploitation, all symptoms of the root cause” (Faq, n.d.). Abhorrent environmental conditions can influence humans in negative ways. We are by-products of our environment and that begins the second we have an environment, which is in utero. For example, it is found that people who experienced famine as fetuses in the “Dutch Hunger Winter” during WWII endured several metabolic problems in later adult life due to the “programming” experienced in utero (Stein, 1975). One study done on premature infants in incubators showed that those who were showed affection through touch had healthier physiological growth as compared to those who were not stimulated (Scafidi, 1986). Psychological disorders, such as depression, may have a genetic predisposition – but only if the environment activates it (Kendler, 2003). Experiencing ‘emotional loss’ at a young age is shown to affect behavior – especially the susceptibility of having addictions in later life (Mate, 2010).
One of the largest studies ever done on the topic at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego took 17,000 participants and found that main contributors to sicknesses, death, and inadequate quality of life in the United States are linked to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) (Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, 2013). ACEs are described as any of the following occurring during childhood (until the age of 18): emotional, physical, or sexual abuse; emotional or physical neglect; and being raised in an environment where someone was using drugs, alcohol, or if there was someone who was mentally ill, suicidal, imprisoned; or if a mother was violently treated (Felitti and Anda, 2003, pg.2). Social issues such as life expectancy, mental health illness, obesity, violence, and heart disease to name a few, are correlated with larger societal factors (Wilkinson & Pickett, 2010).
Over 3 billion people live in poverty, living on less than $2.50 a day (Shah, 2013). Roughly 1 billion people are starving and it is not due to the lack of food resources, since we actually do have enough food to feed everyone on the planet (World Food Programme Fighting Hunger Worldwide, n.d.). Governmental subsides and more donations to food programs will not end the starvation. It is not a political, nor a financial issue, but rather a technical one (Faq, n.d). Clean life supporting resources are not made available to certain regions (Faq, n.d.). For example, desalinating and cleaning polluted water, which can be done on an industrial scale, can make drinking water safe for all people (Faq, n.d.).
TZM’s importance lies in proposing a different perspective on curing the social ills so apparent in life today. Societal ills such as war, poverty, starvation, human disease, environmental degradation, human rights abuses, and inequality do not have to persist (The Zeitgeist Movement: Moving.., 2008). It is of utmost importance to tackle these issues and update our social system. By increasing awareness of the social and technological possibilities that could prevail over many of the old ways of thinking, we can offer humane and sustainable solutions to world problems; thereby proving wrong those who deem such prospects as “impossible” or “utopian” (The Zeitgeist Movement: Moving.., 2008). We live in a technological age with tremendous informational and mechanical advancements (Faq, n.d.). Unlike any other era in human history, we have the technical ability to meet the needs of the humanity while circumventing the social problems of a fractured and divisive world (Faq, n.d.).CONTINUE TO PAGE 3