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Jacque Fresco - Are we civilized yet?

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Are we civilized yet? The world you live in is very sick. We are not civilized yet. As long as there are war machines, war movies, cannons in front of highschools, bombers, military aircraft in front of universities; this is not civilized. Jacque Fresco is an industrial designer and a social engineer. He devoted a large part of his life to the development of an ecologically sustainable system for the world and its inhabitants. This 'Resource Based Economy' represents a pragmatic view on how to address fundamental flaws in the way we interact with our planet. Unfortunately, 'change' although desperately sought by billions often collides with the boundaries of 'established' human value systems. However, established views are always provisional results of societal development, because in reality our value systems are in a constant state of flux. The evolution of moral values and conduct depends on complaisant environmental and cultural circumstances, like a system of economics that rewards empowering one's neighbor, not ruthless conduct. Like a culture of social intercourse that embraces mutuality, and through real role models, propelled by proper incentives. I know everybody admires George Washington. What they don't know about him is that he had three hundred slaves. How many of you knew that? Having three hundred slaves, he'd be arrested and abused. King Solomon had a thousand wives. He'd be arrested today as a bigamist. Truman, this is how stupid President Truman was. Oppenheimer went to visit him and said "Now that we have the atom bomb, would you mind dropping it offshore about thirty miles to show the Japanese we have a terrible weapon. I'd rather not drop it on the cities." He said "Get those guys out of my office". He wouldn't even permit him to speak. When I step onto the court, I don't have to think about anything. - Michael Jordan Most of the people you admire today are ignoramuses, all of them. There's a guy running with a football, same thing over and over again. Thousands of people go to watch sports. What's the matter with sports? Nothing's the matter with it if you're brought up in that kind of society. In ancient Rome the people used to come to see Christians being fed to lions. They'd starve the lions for a week to put on a better show, then they'd take the clothes off the Christians so they'd have a much better show. The kids would say "Daddy, can we come next week to see Christians being fed to lions?" He'd say "If you behave yourself sonny". Is this father nuts? No. Is anything wrong with the kid? No. That's normal to that culture. Like we have prize fights. Men punch each other in the head, knocking the brains around. They all become mentally ill later on, but that's normal to this culture. I'll let the racket do the talking. - John McEnroe The things you're brought up to like: movie stars, soap operas on tv; all crap. None of them teach you anything. I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok. - Shaquille O'Neal When you have statues of all the people that invented things that make life better for you, you'd have statues of people that did things that were useful. Not war heroes. I worked for Ernst Udet once. He was considered the ace of aces of World War I, a little bit in World War II. I asked him, I said "Udet, how did you shoot down seventy airplanes?" I couldn't imagine how he did that. He said in a heavy German accent "It was very easy". I said "Yes, but how did you do it?" "I fly above the squadrons, und I look for rookie." (a rookie means a guy that didn't know how to fly) "And I'd pick them off." There's no other way to knock down seventy planes, you know what I mean? If you pick on equals, maybe you get two or three or seven. Not seventy. These people were sons of bitches. We all admire these war heroes. Whoever said "It's not whether you win or lose that counts" probably lost. - Martina Navratilova Success is the sole earthly judge of right and wrong. - Adolf Hitler If you were raised in Australia you say "How are ya mate?" If you're raised in the deep South in America by uneducated people, you might say "I'm go get me a nigger and I'm goin' kick his ass in". Is that you speaking or the environment affecting you? You talk of individuality like there is such a thing. There isn't. If you were an individual you couldn't talk to anybody. They wouldn't know what the hell you're talking about. You're very much like other people. Your question is not new. I've never heard a new question in years, because we're so much alike. Constant development is the law of life. And a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position. - Mohandas Gandhi Everybody's looking for justice. There's no such thing. All judges would be arrested in the future, because they're judging people knowing nothing about what made them that way. In the future we'll understand what makes a person the way they are, and we'll get rid of all the conditions that produce aberrant behavior. The progression of technology, if it were carried on independent of its profitability, would make more resources available to more people by producing an abundance of products and materials. This new-found abundance of resources would reduce the human tendency toward independence, corruption and greed. Instead it would rely on people empowering each other. If you like what I say and you leave here and do nothing, nothing will happen. If you talk to other people about The Venus Project, the chances are we'll have a smoother transition. It's not perfect but just a lot better than what exists, because it can always get better. More videos of Jacque Fresco available soon. This 'Resource Based Economy' represents a pragmatic view on how to address fundamental flaws in the way we interact with our planet.

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Duration: 6 minutes and 22 seconds
Country: Austria
Language: English
Producer: Nick Gruber
Director: Nick Gruber
Views: 198
Posted by: ltiofficial on Jan 9, 2013

We idealize violence, vanity and the competition for resources. Jacque Fresco gave these statements in September 2010 at a Lecture in Graz, Austria.

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