Well, if you do not know that yet, Zeitgeist means Time Ghost in direct translation from the German.
If we were to be a little less literal (which would often be a very good thing) and more aligned with the spirit of the idea, the Zeitgeist is the spirit of the time you're in right now.
It's a strange wave, a spooky existence that holds a time together, like the time of the French Revolution, or the German Sturm und Drang, the time of Bauhaus, or of Art Noveau, the Renaissance or the Dark Ages ...
As you can tell, the Zeitgeist isn't always a nice guy.
It isn't Father Christmas who brings pretty presents to the children of the world (only if they were good, of course).
The Zeitgeist is flexible in that way. It brought us the 3rd Reich, and Flower Power.
But what is it up to now?
Well, that's the big question, isn't it ...
Fall out of favour with the Zeitgeist, and you might as well book your place in the retirement village now, and that is regardless of whether you are 13 or 103.
It doesn't mean that we are supposed to follow the Zeitgeist; for the truth is a pathless land, and you can't get there, especially not by stumbling after the ever changing Zeitgeist, who does its own strange thing and never mind the humans.
To step into a relationship with the Zeitgeist however, have a conversation with it, and an argument as well if you don't like what's happening, now that can be a fine thing.
You might think, well, I'm only an ant-being and tiny tiny small and the Zeitgeist is sooo big, made up out of all those people all the time, a time monster out of control that rampages this way or that, but ... well, just don't.
The fact is that across the ages, there were people in communication with the Zeitgeist and these individuals SHAPED THEIR TIMES ABSOLUTELY, and often, much of the time that was to follow.
In fact it is only EVER a handful of individuals who bother to talk to the Zeitgeist, argue with it, rave and rant at it even, who make a change in the spirit of their times, never the masses - they always come after, queue to buy their tickets, jump on board after the train has been built, after the railroads have been laid down, after the plans for the railroads and the engines were made, after someONE had a vision of railways, and networks for transportation ...
The Zeitgeist manifests itself in many different ways, many fascets in many different reflections, shining down and influencing many different areas.
There's art and music, politics, products and services (they change the world far more thoroughly and far more quickly than politics or religion ever could, and if you don't believe me, talk to one of the owners of a horse farm just 25 years after the motor car had been invented!).
There is daily life, and that reflects the Zeitgeist through and through.
Once again, if you don't believe me, just look at some pictures of yourself or your parents in the 1970s, in the 1950s.
There isn't a single thing in the photo that the Zeitgeist hasn't touched, shaped, coloured and changed in its own image - from the haircuts to the clothes, to the fashions of landscape gardening and architecture, and even to the faces the people in the photographs are wearing.
So by all means, take a trip to a special place in time and space and meet the Zeitgeist.
Make yourself known, and also make it known that you have its number - you know who the Zeitgeist is, and you're ready to interact now, not take it all lying down, draw your own line in the sand as to what is acceptable and what is not, and generally play a part in the unfoldment of events in an active capacity.
The first step to that is to take notice, pay attention, and say, "I saw that!"
When you do that, stuff becomes real.
Like your neighbours being dragged off to a concentration camp.
People behaving unacceptably in business (bankers, at the moment, for example).
Products being beneficial or destructive.
Movies that suck, or are a real contribution to the human race.
Of course, opinions vary; that's not the point.
The point is TO HAVE AN OPINION!
And to make it known.
To the Zeitgeist, and of course, to the fellows of our time.
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March 23rd, 2010