I first learned about Jacque Fresco from the documentary “Zeitgeist: Moving Forward” (which I’ve embedded below). If you got the time I really recommend watching it. Until then, here are the quotes.
Zeitgeist: Moving Forward
- I was asked once,”you’re a smart man, why aren’t you rich?” I replied you’re a rich man, why aren’t you smart?
- Working with drug addicts, alcoholics, and so-called juvenile delinquents in New York City convinced me that instead of working with individuals, more effective methods would deal with the societal conditions that create dysfunctional behaviors in the first place.
- Democracy is a con game. It’s a word invented to placate people to make them accept a given institution. All institutions sing, ‘We are free.’ The minute you hear ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’, watch out… because in a truly free nation, no one has to tell you you’re free.
- The Venus Project is neither Utopian nor Orwellian, nor does it reflect the dreams of impractical idealists. Instead, it presents attainable goals requiring only the intelligent application of what we already know. The only limitations are those which we impose upon ourselves.
- We are not taught to be thinkers, but reflectors of our culture. Let’s teach our children to be thinkers.
- The Venus Project is a translation of all religions: The end of war, the end of poverty, the brotherhood of humanity. If that isn’t spiritual, like I’ve said before, I don’t know what is.
- At the beginning of World War II the U.S. had a mere 600 or so first-class fighting aircraft. We rapidly overcame this short supply by turning out more than 90,000 planes a year. The question at the start of World War II was: Do we have enough funds to produce the required implements of war? The answer was No, we did not have enough money, nor did we have enough gold; but we did have more than enough resources. It was the available resources that enabled the US to achieve the high production and efficiency required to win the war. Unfortunately this is only considered in times of war.
- I didn’t want to teach my kid how to read, so I used to read to him at night and close the book at the most interesting part. He said, “What happened then, daddy?” I said, “If you learn to read, you can find out. I’m too tired to read. I’ll read to you tomorrow.” So, he had a need to want to learn how to read. Don’t teach children how to read. Don’t teach them mathematics. Give them a reason to want it. In school, they’re working ass-backwards.
- War, poverty, corruption, hunger, misery, human suffering will not change in a monetary system. That is, there will be very little significant change. It’s going to take the redesign of our culture and values.
- It’s your own expectations that hurt you. Not the world you live in. Whatever happens in the world is real. What you think should happen is unreal. So people are hurt by their expectations. You know, you’re not disappointed by the world, you are disappointed by your own projections.
- We don’t know how to live together on Earth, how the hell are we going to live together on Mars?
- People say that the monetary system produces incentive. This may be true in limited areas, but it also produces greed, embezzlement, corruption, pollution, jealousy, anger, crime, war, poverty, tremendous scarcity, and unnecessary human suffering. You have to look at the entire picture.
- Human behavior is subject to the same laws as any other natural phenomenon. Our customs, behaviors, and values are byproducts of our culture. No one is born with greed, prejudice, bigotry, patriotism and hatred; these are all learned behavior patterns. If the environment is unaltered, similar behavior will reoccur.
- You don’t need to get rid of religion; you have to outgrow the need for it. In other words, instead of hoping for the good life, you make the good life.
- There are no bad people, there are people with insufficient information to make appropriate decisions.
- What is the meaning of life?” “What is consciousness and the mind?” “Why am I here?” “What is my relationship to God and the universe?” These questions have been asked for centuries, but they are irrelevant to achieving social progress. These are unanswerable questions because they don’t have referents in the real world. The posing of such ambiguous questions doesn’t express concern for fellow human beings, or a desire to elevate their condition. Such musings are gibberish in terms of practicality, and as impotent as wailing over an injured person instead of seeking medical attention for them.
- Most churches make people feel guilty about natural human inclinations, making them feel dependent on the church for forgiveness. Religion focuses on unresolved human problems of insecurity, shame, fear, and wish fulfillment, and offers hope for a better life in the next world. Science offers people the tools of reason and knowledge to help build self-reliance and free people from mythology and simple wish fulfillment.
- Crime is based upon need, making money. People sell drugs to make money. But if everybody is cared for, they don’t sell drugs and if there’s no money you can’t sell drugs even if you wanted to. There’d be no such thing as gambling, prostitution, or selling out, or paying off a senator or a governor. There are no senators, there are no governors so you can’t pay them off. If you take away the basis or the condition that generate abhorrent behavior, you don’t have abhorrent behavior.
- Everything that you’ve learned: ‘Make a lot of money, have a nice house’. But they never teach you at school how to relate, how to communicate with others, how to share values with others. …They teach you how to make a living. You become an optometrist, he becomes a physicist, she becomes a structural engineer, he’s an architect. In the future, none of that. Everybody is trained to be a generalist, so they understand different cultures, different values, how we get to be the way we are. So no-one can ever use you for war or killing anybody or hurting anybody.
- If you had a free society you couldn’t get people to go to war, if you had an intelligent type of upbringing in ones children. They would say; There must be many other ways of solving problems other then killing people.
- Politics was good a hundred years ago. Today, politicians have no ability to solve any problems because they are not students of behavior. They are not students of agriculture, oceanography – they know nothing about the factors that operate the world.
- Every system tries to get people to conform to support that system. That goes for communism, socialism, free enterprise, or any other civilization. If they don’t demand loyalty, they can’t keep their civilization together. So what they do is they teach things that would support an established system. We do not advocate an established system. TVP talks of an emergent system into state of change. So that we always prepare people for the next changes coming ahead. So that people will not cling to the past.
- We’re running into a lot of new problems today because of what we emphasize in this culture. The word ‘success’ to the average person means earning a lot of money and having a home, two cars, children in college. Success to me is entirely different to what success is to the average person. Success is being a successful human being in terms of pursuing what you believe in. If you believe in making paintings, writing poetry, writing music. If this is what you really want, you’re successful to yourself. But to be successful to your culture means to sell yourself short of what
you really want.
- Capitalism, Socialism, Fascism, Communism, the Free-Market …. What good are these approaches for? These attempts are made by men who are cerebral insufficient. I’m trying to give you back your brain, which they took away from you in schools and in your upbringing. I’m trying to show you how the world works. So if you want a better world, you have to get up off your ass and make it better.
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