字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント The entire money-structured and materialistic-oriented society is a false society. Our society will go down in history as the lowest development in man. We have the brains, the know-how, the technology and the feasibility to build an entirely new civilization. (Jacque Fresco) It was living through the 1929 Great Depression that helped shape my social conscience. During this time, I realized the Earth was still the same place: manufacturing plants were still intact and resources were still there but people didn't have the money to buy the products. I felt that the rules of the game we play by were obsolete and insufficient. Misery, suffering and war provided the incentive for my life's work. I was also motivated by the seeming incompetence of governments the academic world, and the lack of solutions offered by scientists. I realized that instead of working with individuals a more effective method would be to redesign the culture. This began a lifelong quest to finding solutions to the many problems that we have today. (Narrator) This presentation is a feasible plan for social change that works toward a peaceful and sustainable global civilization where human beings, technology and nature coexist. It outlines an alternative to strive for where human rights are not only paper proclamations but a way of life. It is called The Venus Project. Its founder, Jacque Fresco calls for a straightforward redesign of the culture in which war poverty, hunger, debt and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable but totally unacceptable. It is becoming increasingly obvious that anything less will simply result in a continuation of the same problems we face today. The Venus Project's research center constructed by Fresco and Roxanne Meadows is located in Venus, Florida. It addresses many of the root causes of our difficulties. But what are the real origins of our problems? At present, we are left with very few alternatives since we are on a collision course of our own making. Answers from yesterday are no longer relevant. Considering the damage already done to the environment we are rapidly approaching a point of no return where nature will dictate the course. Either we continue as we have with outmoded social customs and habits of thought thereby threatening our future or, we apply a more appropriate set of values relevant to a sustainable society with more opportunity and freedoms. Americans have been conditioned in their kind of society to get a different kind of car next year to buy a new television set, or a tape recorder. We are radical as hell but our political and social institutions have not changed and this is where we are stagnating: because we always equate any new idea with communism or regimentation because we have been brought up to fear that which is new. (Narrator) None of the world's economic systems: socialism, communism, fascism or the free enterprise system have eliminated the problems of elitism, nationalism, racism and most of all, scarcity. These are all based primarily on economic disparity. When money is used to regulate and distribute resources for profit and people and nations are out for themselves they will seek advantage at any cost. They do this by maintaining a competitive edge or through military intervention. War represents the supreme failure of nations to resolve their differences. From a strictly pragmatic standpoint it is the most inefficient waste of lives and resources ever conceived. Most wars are for the control of resources and maintaining your position of differential advantage. They're not based on the 'dignity of man.' They're not based on elevating human beings. It might elevate the human beings in the country that's the victor. It might do that. But as far as the rest of the world goes the price is enormous. (Narrator) This crude and violent attempt to resolve international differences takes on even more ominous overtones with the advent of computerized nuclear delivery systems and deadly biological and chemical weapons. Yet it is a windfall, money-making opportunity for those who profit by the military-industrial complex. If the profit were taken out of wars do you really believe we would have them? (Jacque Fresco) If they draft you into the army to serve this country (you put up your life for this country) they should draft all the war industries: every cannon maker, machine gun maker automobiles, jeeps, warships all drafted, so they're on the same basis of pay as the army. Then it's real. But if you make millions selling warships and machine guns to the army, then it's corrupt. I would (if I had my way), if we had millions of men in the army I'd send them to school to become problem solvers how to get along with other nations. That's what we have to do, not kill. Soldiers are just killing machines; they're trained to kill. I would train them to be able to go to Mexico and bridge the difference and go to the Arab world and see if they can bridge the difference. So bring them all together, all the nations. (Narrator) War is not the only form of violence imposed upon people. There is also hunger, poverty homelessness and unemployment. The acceptance of these conditions as expressive of 'human nature' is a myth used to keep things as they are. Genetics has nothing to do with greed, business, race prejudice. All of the operant systems in any society are part of your education the books you read, the role models you follow and the people you admire. The genes have nothing to do... except with the color of your eyes, the shape of your nose perhaps inherited features. The genes do not control values. Even if you're born with a much better brain than another person meaning better receptors, the quality of the tissue is better I would say that if you have a better brain and you live in a fascist country you become a fascist faster. The brain has no mechanism of discrimination. The brain can't tell you what is relevant or less relevant except experience. (Narrator) We are not born with greed, envy, hatred, or bigotry. Our behavior and values are reflective of the culture we are exposed to. If you were raised by the headhunters of the Amazon you'd be a headhunter. If I said to you "Doesn't it bother you to have 5 shrunken heads?" you'd say "Yes, my brother has 20." Is he nuts? No, that's normal to his culture. Social and environmental problems will remain insurmountable as long as few nations control most of the Earth's resources and the bottom line is profit over the well-being of people. Putting profit first results in unnecessary suffering and aberrant behavior prevalent today. Many people feel that we need the rule of law to eliminate our problems. We have many laws, thousands upon thousands of them but they are constantly being broken. Paper proclamations and treaties do not alter the facts of scarcity deprivation, and insecurity. You can predict the shape of the future and the values if you know the trends of events in the ocean pollution, the scarcity of arable land... If you watch that degrading system grow I can predict the riots and killing and assassination. Human behavior is really generated by the surrounding environment. If there's a scarcity, say of water, it is prized and its price is high. Let's discuss scarcity as a system. Suppose it rained gold for about 3 days, gold dust. People would go out and shovel it in, fill their cellars the attic, every drawer in the house. They'd throw out their clothing. If the rain kept up for a year so that gold was all over the place people would sweep it out of the house, take their rings off, throw them away and so human behavior undergoes change to that condition. There's only a policeman in front of something that people have need for and don't have access to, so you put a guard there. But if lemon trees or orange trees and apple trees grew all over the place, you couldn't sell it. If you landed on an island that was so abundant with resources you had 10 people, there were 1000 fish for every person if you wanted it, there were 10 times the amount of breadfruit and bananas money would not come into existence. Private property would not come into existence. If the island was big enough: there were 10 people, there were 8000 acres no one would give a damn about staking out this particular area. There are patterns of behavior that promote survival. There are social conditions that change our values and outlook. No one can write a constitution of required behavior without consulting the environment. So, we'd better take care of the environment we'd better take care of one another and we'd better educate people to the highest possible levels of our ability in order to have a society. (Narrator) Even a peace treaty cannot prevent another war if the underlying causes are not dealt with. Maybe what are needed are ethical people in government who will work toward everyone's well-being. But even if the most ethical people were elected to high positions and we ran out of resources, there would still be lying cheating, stealing and corruption. It's not ethical people that are needed but rather a way of intelligently managing the Earth's resources for everyone's well-being. Let's examine our social arrangements further. To maintain our economy, products must continuously be sold. To assure this, they are deliberately designed to wear out and break down. Maybe you've noticed this usually happens right after the warranty expires. This corrupt practice is referred to as 'planned obsolescence' which is the conscious withdrawal of efficiency. Innovators go through the finest schools and then are required to design things that wear out and break down right on schedule. This results in a tremendous waste of resources and energy. We are plundering the planet for profits. If you think about it, it isn't a job people want but access to what their paycheck will bring. Money does not represent anything real and there's no gold, silver or resource to back it up. You can't eat money or build a house of it. It is not even related to our real capacity to produce goods and services on this planet. The monetary system has been handed down from centuries ago and we continue to use it without questions. This system will keep installing more and more automation cutting down on the purchasing power of the majority of people. There will come a time (it's called the Gaussian curve) where employment is that, production is this and purchasing power is that. The system stops. Banks fail and nothing works anymore. We're moving in that direction very rapidly. - We have finally gotten to a place in 2011 where it's becoming obvious that the machine has beaten the man. - We are incredibly productive with far fewer people. - We are more productive as an economy than ever before. - An iPad app can do more than four people. - It's just that there are fewer jobs. The jobs that do exist now can have lower wages because of obvious reasons: a lot of people are looking for a small number of jobs. The wages go down, that has huge impacts on the middle class and ripples out from there. We're moving towards social collapse. I think this is going to happen all over the world, not just here. It doesn't require the overthrow of the government. It just requires that you let it alone; it will overthrow itself. If you control the media, you can calm people down. But if the majority keeps getting laid off, they don't have purchasing power the system collapses. It doesn't work anymore; they invade. It's already happening, this country is already insoluble. They're going to have difficulty with national security, paying pension people: they've spent far beyond what they already have. All they can do now is create debt, borrow more and more money from banks. - We also want to show you a rather grim sign of our times it's not far from here in Midtown Manhattan. The national debt has grown too large for the National Debt Clock. It went up back in 1989 when the nation's debt was less than 3 trillion dollars. The debt has been piling up so fast lately they had to drop the dollar sign to make room for an extra digit as the number turned over to more than ten trillion dollars now and counting every second. A whole new clock with two extra spaces will go up next year. The federal government is not allowed to print money. It's not allowed to lend money or get in the banking business. That is a privilege for bankers only. So what the government has to do if they want to build an air force say of 2000 planes a month they have to borrow money from a private lending institution sign the dotted line, and if the war is lost or failed the burden falls on the public to pay off that debt. (Narrator) We find ourselves and our social constructs in a transitional state, a matter of social evolution. If we want to make it through these turbulent times we must be able to adapt to change. All things change, including our social systems.