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Zeitgeist: Addendum

December 14, 2008

Astăzi m-am uitat la Zeitgeist: Addendum şi cu ocazia asta s-a mai mărit lista de filme care m-au şocat/impresionat/au avut un impact puternic asupra mea (de fapt Zeitgeist: Addendum nu e film propriu-zis ci documentar). Mi l-a recomandat un prieten drag acum vreo două săptămâni, mi-a amintit de el un alt prieten drag acum vreo două zile şi mi-am făcut şi eu timp azi să mă uit la el. Nu o să comentez subiectul filmului şi nici nu o să-mi dau cu părerea pentru că m-aş simţi ca un copil care încearcă să urce pe Kilimanjaro cu mâinile goale. O să pun în schimb unul dintre pasajele care mi-au dat cel mai mult de gândit (de fapt tot filmul mi-a dat de gândit însă nu pot să-l tehnoredactez tot [deşi aş fi în stare]). E lung, ştiu, dar citiţi-l, şi apoi uitaţi-vă şi la film pentru că merită, e ca şi cum ai profita de beneficiul de a citi o carte bună în doar două ore, trei minute şi şase secunde.

Very few people stop and consider what it is that actually improves their lives. Is it MONEY? Obviously not. One cannot eat money or stuff money into their car to get it to run. Is it POLITICS? All politicians can do is create laws, establish budgets, and declare war. Is it RELIGION? Of course not. Religion creates nothing except intangible emotional solace for those who require it. The true gift that we as human beings have which has been solely responsible for everything that has improved our lives is TECHNOLOGY.

What is technology? Technology is a pencil which allows one to solidify ideas on paper for communication. Technology is an automobile which allows one to travel faster than feet will allow. Technology is a pair of eye glasses which enables sight for those who need it. Applied technology itself is merely an extension of human attributes which reduces human effort, freeing humans from a particular chore or problem.

Imagine what your life would be like today without a telephone, or an oven, or a computer, or an airplane. Everything in your home which you take for granted, from a doorbell, to a table, to a dishwasher is technology, generated from the creative scientific ingenuity of human technicians.

Not money, politics or religion. These are false institutions.

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