Movie Ramble: “Ethos”…

Well, I know I just wrote about the issue of how much focus on “conspiracy” matters is too much. Then I go and watch the documentary film “Ethos”, and, well, let’s just say that Ethos is not the sort of movie you should watch if you’re trying to rid your mind of all that is awry in the world today. (Netflix has now finally decided that I would appreciate suggestions from the sub-genre category of “cerebral conspiracy movies”, so thank you Netflix…) Anyhow, after hearing Sharon Gilbert give it a positive recommendation, I decided to go for it and found it quite well put together, and I must admit I did learn some new things, alongside a lot of otherwise familiar information.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that it didn’t end up going in the same New Age direction as films like Zeitgeist, even though I still didn’t really resonate with the final conclusions of the film, (In fact, it was really only the ending that I didn’t agree with, the “what should we do about it” part, but I suppose that’s to be expected) and overall it serves as a pretty decent “Conspiracy 101” type of piece, the kind of thing that’s designed to introduce people to many aspects of the “NWO” agenda for the time.

The film covers important topics like the origins and practical workings of the Federal Reserve Bank, the “military industrial complex”, the concept of “manufactured consent”, the merging of corporate and government interests, media manipulation, and even the way that events like 9-11 have been used to incite mass fear in order to drum up support for unnecessary foreign wars and convice people to passively accept the increase of government surveilliance on it’s own citizens. Of course, the film never goes quite so far as to directly assert that 9-11 was itself instigated by the power-elites, following the typical path of people like Noam Chomsky (who is featured quite a bit in the film). But for me, the surprising crescendo of the entire production was when they got to talking about the eventual stage of giving everyone on the planet an rfid chip implant(!) They even included a clip of Aaron Russo talking about all the things that his former friend Nick Rockefeller had told him would happen, which included an “event”, which would precipitate wars in Iraq and Afghanastan, and a bogus war on terror searching for enemies that don’t really exist (which the media would “report” on over and over until the public believes it). When asked Russo asked him what the ultimate goal of it all was, then Rockefeller is said to have responded by talking about how the plan is to implant everyone with an rfid chip, and if anyone gets out of line, you just “turn off the chip”….

Unfortunately (but again, not surprisingly) the film then takes a turn for the anemic, and suggests that ultimately the way that ordinary citizens can re-assert their democratic potency and preven this distopian future is simply by using their own powers of consumption. “If we don’t buy their stuff, then the corporations will have to change” is the basic idea. Of course, they don’t bother trying to actually explain how changes in the consumption patterns of “ordinary people” could actually work to begin reversing things like the monetary power of the Federal Reserve, or the massive military defense budget, but I suppose that’s about as much of a “solution” as we could expect from people who on the hand are able to (quite accurately) trace many of the outward, tangible activities of the New World Order elites, but then unable to imagine the real magnitude of the “problem”, because they do not understand the spiritual underpinnings of it all…

I suppose this is part of what I find interesting, because it serves to show that even if individuals are able to open their eyes and minds beyond the lines that most citizens confine themselves to, they are still only seeing like 50% of the picture, because in the end they still chalk it all up to being the net result of simple societal problems such as “greed” or “consumerism”. Without the Bible, there is still no understanding of the true sinfulness of mankind, the reality of sinister spirits who work to deceive fallen people, and the fact that it is through the occult that the latter preys upon the former, driving it all towards an ultimate end which did NOT originate in the minds of human beings…

But maybe the naive appeal to resist the globalist puppet-masters simply by making “smarter consumption choices” is still preferable to ones that actually try to turn around and suck people right back into the occult (a la “Zeitgeist”). There is the definite possibly that a film like this could serve as a comparatively safer introduction to these issues for those who haven’t yet stopped to consider them. In fact, I pray that God might use this film for just such a purpose, to perhaps kickstart the process of asking the uncomfortable questions, so that they can ultimately find the Truth in Him… At the same time tho, as I watched the last few minutes of the film I couldn’t help but wonder if perhaps one of the “layers of deception” being employed here is that approach of “partial disclosure”. I found myself thinking about the fact that as we get closer and closer to seeing all the pieces “come together”, there is an increasing amount of evidence about the whole agenda that is harder and harder to conceal outright. The more this stuff becomes “externalized”, (and the longer we have people talking about it on the internet, and in films, etc…) the more we should expect to see the tactic of “hiding in plain sight”. (heck, even the Bilderberg meeting has an “official” website now, and I’m sure that alone is probably enough to convince a lot of people that it’s completely benign…)

In the end we know that the Enemy doesn’t really care if people start to see the seperate, unsavory elements of his global empire. They can get upset about the destruction of the environment, or protest the loss of their constitutional rights, or bemoan the unfairness of the “1%” all they want, so long as they don’t find Jesus. In the end we are all first and foremost slaves to sin, a fate no one can escape without coming to the cross…  My prayer is not just that more people are awakened to the problems of our out-of-control society, or even the wicked schemes that propell it further down it’s present collision course, but that people would see all these developments and finally come to see that the only peace to be found in it all is in Jesus Christ.  He is where we need to put all our hope and trust.  We can’t try and find some mixed bag solution, that tries to incorporate faith in Jesus with some kind of plan to save “the system”.  We simply aren’t going to be able to turn around all that the adherents of Luciferian globalism have put into place over the last however many centuries.  We aren’t going to change who currently rules the kingdom of this world by buying organic milk or boycotting the local mall.  (“Who’s face is on the coin…?”)  We have to be willing to let prophecy be fulfilled.  Scripture tells us that many of the things decried in the film “Ethos” will come to pass, sooner or later.  But we have to remember that He told us ahead of time, and that, praise God, those days will be short… 

Anyhow, overall I thought it was worth watching, and to use a great Dr. Future term, there was much we can find to be “instructive” in it…

4 thoughts on “Movie Ramble: “Ethos”…”

  1. Interesting. I had not heard of this one. Which tells me that either A.) I am not keeping up on all that is coming out and all the trends that are ebbing nd flowing…or B.) There is just so much coming out now that it is impossible to stay up on it all. It’s probably both. I think it is good to watch these videos even though there is rarely new information because they do have subtle differences in tone and nuance and sometimes when you take them all together you can recognize the trends of what is not being said. For instance…one thing you mentioned about this video is that it crescendo’s(sp?) by urging people to become types of consumer activists…speak through their wallets. This is a similar conclusion to what was reached in a film I checked out from the Library clled “2012: Time For A Change”. It doesn’t go into conspiracy or what not. It is more of a, “We have become seperated from our spiritual side because of the trappings of the modern world.” This film differs by giving the message of not being caught up in consumer culture for the most part and embracing spirituality. But it is similar because while I would agree on much of what it says is the problem…materialism…it fails on describing why we have this problem…sin, our fallen nature…and it fails on what the solution is…Jesus Christ. So you take Ethos and Zeitgeist and 2012 Time for a Change and you watch’em all. You might get a lot of truth (Zeitgeists first part being the exception) but you won’t get the ultimate truth. But when taken together you will notice what is missing from all of them more clearly than if you just saw one or the other. The problem is…and this is how the self help book industry thrives…the problem is that just because someone is really really good at pointing out and describing “the problem” simply doesn’t give any guaranty that they know anything about the solution. Further…just because they are great at describing symptoms doesn’t guaranty that they even really recognize what the underlying causal problem is. And this problem isn’t just in “Cerebral Conspiracy” films it’s in a lot of churches. That is the saddest part. The Osteen model can be seen as “I will describe the shortcomings of your life and how you aren’t happy…but I won’t talk about sin…and I won’t urge you to repent…I will just encourage you to strive towards improving your circumstances.” Films like the ones you mentioned and 2012 Time for a Change end up depressing me because they say “We can make things better ourselves” when we ourselves are our biggest problem. That is humanism for you I suppose. As always though I enjoyed reading your post! I didnt intend on this comment becoming such of a downer when I started typing. Later, B.

  2. Don’t mean to trample anyone’s religious beliefs, but “elite control” over the masses goes back centuries, certainly more than 2000 years. Isn’t it possible that without the instant access modern day media has into our minds, religion was used to shape what we think, what we believe, and what we fear? Conformity is essential for any mass-control to be successful, and no place on Earth will you find a more committed population of like-thinking people than in a church that worships a ghost. I remain open to the possibility of anything in that regard, but if I’ve learned anything from studying societal control, it’s that all controlling factors must be examined closely.

  3. I agree with your observations, people, but I wanted to say something about the decidedly spiritual direction this discussion is heading.

    If you are a faithful believer, you can make the observation that the only way to climb out of our present mess is for everyone to throw in with your faith. That’s logical, but it’s not practical. Think of man as a child. The child doesn’t come out of the mother’s womb already able to walk. That’s something the child has to figure out on it’s own, over time. Asking the child to walk is fruitless too because, even though they do respond to encouragement and expectation, the child doesn’t progress from the crawl to the walk based on how often we say “come on, you can do it”. I believe, but in much the same way I believe that we are be cheered on as we go through this collective process of learning to walk as one. Our encouragement is just coming from a very different source. Or maybe not so different if you stop and think about it.

    On that note, what we are going through, with movies like Zeitgeist and Ethos and movements like Anonymous and The Venus Project, they are all part of the process of us learning how to walk. With every collective effort we are establishing a framework for how to manage things once we figure out how to balance ourselves. We disregard the processes we no longer have to worry about, and focus instead upon what we can now do now that the mystery has been solved. We understand and acknowledge that there is something seriously messed up when a beautiful planet is rapidly being killed by its inhabitants. We cast around for others that share our observations, and reinforce our determination to see this mystery solved. We listen to the suggestions and the predictions, but seriously, how much convincing are we going to need in order to be open to the suggestion that we plant a chip inside ourselves? We like to think that, with regard to that particular prediction, we’d never allow it voluntarily. So what would make us involuntarily go through with it? Would we fight that?

    Asking people to give over to a particular faith (and I’m an adamant believer that there is only one faith, but boy do we presently have a multi-headed hydra on our hands right now) is futile in the context of our learning to walk as a species. Finding a spiritual connecting point is a warm and fuzzy outcome and one to look forward to absolutely, but we’re still in the losing our balance leg buckling stage. And we need to figure out why our efforts are not working first before we find out what works. In that regard, we need to start seeing what’s impeding our progress, holding us back, and attack the problem with the same dogged determination that the child used in order to figure out how to walk.

    Ethos was a step in the right direction. Consider it figuring out that we can stand so long as we never let go of the coffee table. Eventually, we’re going to need to take those first wobbly steps from the coffee table to the sofa, and maybe then, we’ll be ready to walk across the floor to our parents.

    Just so long as we understand that no child makes their way across the floor without experiencing some minor discomfort first. Doesn’t mean we should give up, it just means we have a bit more figuring out to do. Alright, this horse is dead.

    TL;DR I agree, but leave faith out, and fight the implant!

  4. I very much agree with Marobashi. The physical world is the manifestation of thought, spirituality and even feelings and emotions. It is that physical world that every single prophet came to influence and the one that is so messed up as we read each other. Therefore, offered solutions by Ethos or Zeitgeist (haven’t watched “2012: A Time for a Change”) are extremely valuable as a way of using one’s power, however limited or extensive it might be.

    That said, praying and other faith manifestations are definitely important because it affects thinking and actions, but it’s by these practical actions that changes will occur. “…Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (James 2:14-17). Zeitgeist’s suggestion of actions are good, and the proposal of a resource-based economy -the Venus Project- is a much more appealing future compared to what we’re currently set to, but the really powerful message is that we’re not helpless. We’re not doomed.

    Love manifests in actions. Love does not simply “is”, it “does”.

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