”…when reading the bible, some people say ‘Jesus meant this’, others say ‘No, he meant that’ because it is subject to interpretation, and therefore you get the Christians, the Lutherans, the Seventh-day Adventists…” — Jacque Fresco
People reading the same source but understanding different aspects may be explained on a neurological level where the nervous system abstracts, therefore, selecting, picking out, separating, summarizing, deducting, removing, omitting, disengaging, taking away and stripping are actual parts of the abstracting process. Similarly to what the untrained mind might do about the current system that exists today. Most western countries have police departments to go to if someone is harassing them, they have a medical system to go to if you wish to get some help. You can call a plumber if you have a problem. There are transportation systems that can carry you around the world. They are not as efficient as they can be, but we cannot dismiss that in China they have an operating Maglev train, in the UAE they wish to build the Hyperloop. In Switzerland they have CERN. Many reputable university professors e.g. Robert Sapolsky, teach that there is no ‘free will‘ nor ‘human nature‘ as most people mean it. Most of the relevant information to create what we wish to see in society exists in this system, because of this system. It is scattered everywhere, separated by nations and people’s values. This is one small part of what The Venus Project is trying to improve — bringing all the latest information together to create a better system. Not the best, but much better than what we have today!
When deep criticism of the current system occurs in some of Jacque Fresco’s lectures, it is because he does not have enough time to go into most inadequacies of capitalism. Repeating these criticisms yourself publically does not justify his many decades of research and experience. Learning from his sources enables you to manage the information optimally depending on the situation you are in. In other words, you can present the parts that are relevant to your audience according to their background and capacity, but you must not give the impression that This is all there is to know. Also, if people are not interested in what you are saying, you need to understand that two people looking at the same picture extract different aspects. Looking at a picture of a car, depending on your background you might wonder, How fast does it go?; another might think, Does it come in black?; a third person might wonder, How rich is the owner of this car? We abstract that which we are interested in based on our background.
“A tree does not just grow; it needs sunlight, water, gravity…” — Jacque Fresco.
Conclusively, the subject of ‘all knowing,’ i.e. saying the tree just grows, omitting everything else as if it grows on its own without external influences, is not a statement of fact. Always be aware that you might be selecting something based on your environment or just making an easy statement which might be interpreted in a way that can give the wrong picture. Saying he is a criminal, sounds as if you are saying this is all he is. He might be a good engineer or a great speaker. It is this way of thinking that has imprisoned many people — that this is all there is to know about the subject. Such attitude and other factors have locked the human mind in a loop of placing labels on people and events. If we can create the notion that there is always more to something or someone we can somehow reduce the arrogance and ignorance when people talk at each other.
The ‘all knowing’ attitude manifests when a father enforces his beliefs on his child as if he is the ‘all knowing’ being, saying This is what you will believe, and this is how you will act, and there is nothing more! We see it in certain leaders and in most teachers today, giving the impression that what they say is not questionable. Even nations express their ‘all-knowingness’ to each other, and this is one mechanism that builds walls between nations and people, even between parents. Next time you hear a child saying, Mom doesn’t understand me. The child has been a victim of ‘all-knowingness’ and reverberates the same back to the mother. This in turn, along with other factors, causes tension and resentment which slow down individual and social development towards a saner attitude.
As the population of the world gets older, we become more rigid in our ways and carry attitudes from the past which hinder our progress. Attitudes that say, It will never happen, or It’s no use. Our outdated opinions and those which are inherent in our language tend to hinder tremendously our progress as a more capable species.
We have discussed:
- The difference between Technical Terms vs Non-technical Terms,
- Speaker vs Listener
- Statement of fact vs Inference (Guess or Assumption)
- Efficient Observer vs Inefficient Observer
All of these in combination make our language subject to interpretation and effect our lives in multiple ways. If we are to move towards a saner future, as proposed by The Venus Project, we have to place everything we know under intense scrutiny. Indeed, we cannot continue with our current ways of thinking if we wish to see some sort of change that enhances all life on Earth.