Our Zeitgeist Culture: A Meditation

The past, present and future of our zeitgeist culture is gleaned in our carbon footprints as free-will thinking evolutionary Homo sapiens.

As the world turns, so does all humanity likewise turn.  We live in an ever-turning turbulent transitory world.  Made of flesh and blood, we are transitory beings.  Never stationary, we are ever in transition.  The ‘permanence’ of this transition takes us in a cycle from the ‘old’ to the ‘new’ and back again to the old.

Our zeitgeist culture, described as the prevailing trends,  moods, attitudes, political and religious posturing, and the social and cultural climate of a particular era or moment in the life of a nation or its people, whether the past, the present or the future; whether locally, nationally or internationally situated, is seemingly guided or driven by some metaphysical collective unconscious energy or force, and can be regarded to be evolutionary in nature.  This zeitgeist manifestation is of a dynamic nature and is ever transitioning from a Victorian type of zeitgeist to a Darwinian type of zeitgeist; portraying  outwardly in the interim  intermediate forms of zeitgeist paradigms that demonstrate characteristics of alternating rigidity and adaptability, as our paradigms of experience and expressions shift backwards and forwards in time and in space.

To our human experience, our zeitgeist culture is buffered systemically by what can only be described as a fraudulent zeitgeist of warfare; perceived as an evolutionary ‘fault-line’ that thrives on chaos, both for the purpose of human conquest and survival.

 In this regard, our political, economic, social, cultural and intellectual expressions are ever shifting,  ever adjusting, ever being repeated; ever turning into themselves; and being transmogrified in the making; like the ancient alchemical Greco-Egyptian ouroboros, ever reaching outwardly in the environment in the perhaps deliberately conscious attempt for humankind to experiment with itself outwardly, but  with the unconscious attempt  for humankind to discover and to  ‘know’ itself more intimately inwardly.

Oh, what irony!  The more we turn outwardly to explore the world we inhabit and, as a species, to delve further outwardly to the galaxies, the greater we recognize in ourselves the need to turn inwardly within our innermost beings in order to find our destiny; in order to know more rationally — and intimately so — the purpose for our existence, psychologically and spiritually.

At any moment in time our zeitgeist culture is actively ingesting, digesting and regurgitating what it has heretofore consumed intellectually, morally and culturally as its core ‘Self.’  Upon reflection, there is no absolute hard grained uniqueness to the spirit of our modern era.

 That is to say, surprisingly enough, that there is no absolute uniqueness to us as Homo sapiens.  Our uniqueness as  primate Homo sapiens, upon reflection, must therefore be considered to be relative to that of other primates.

Our relative uniqueness is that we are genetically and historically creatures of habit, modulating our environment; yet ever repeating the past; preserving yet ‘renewing’ our lifestyle in our present lifetimes.  Should we then say that Darwinian evolution is a ‘closed case’ in our human societies?

Consider thus a related question:  Are we today heading towards a utopian world, or perhaps towards one that is Orwellian?  Having previously experienced both, we historically return again and again to both.
That, with indelible emphasis, is our predisposed evolutionary legacy.

  We are indeed creatures of habit.  The paradox of the paradigm shifts we engage in always enables us to maintain residual aspects of the ‘old’ and the ‘new.’
So, with this admission, what then does the future hold for our present-day Millennials; defined as a Generation Y cohort following Generation X and preceding Generation Z?

This is a savvy generation of international millennials actively engaged and invested in such technologies as robotics and Artificial Intelligence, in covert communications of the World Wide Web, and in such message applications and social media platforms as Messenger, Telegram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Tik Tok, Reddit, Pinterest, WhatsApp and Twitter; the latter now rebranded as ‘X,‘ a sociocultural symbol that targets primarily the new generations of America; and the rest of the world along with it as well.

At a yet deeper psychological level of reality representation or reality formulation, logo X invites its consumers subliminally to ‘tune-in-and-drop-out’ of all social conventions that may appear to be restrictively binding; suggesting instead, or offering a counter argument for a culture consensus that human identity is not genetically fixed, but instead is ever transitioning, ever shifting; ever challenged globally by technological, social media, economic, environmental and political challenges that humans encounter as  decision makers.

 This argument of course begs the question of what is morally or ethically; or even legally sound. Should the concept of ethics and morality responsibilities be legally relativized in accordance with a culture’s zeitgeist?

We must therefore conclude that the past, present and future of our zeitgeist culture is gleaned in our carbon footprints as free-will thinking evolutionary Homo sapiens. We are ultimately the creators and designers of our environment, of who we are and what we become as a species socially, culturally, morally, and intellectually.

About this poem

Theme: No man is an Island entire unto itself. We are in it together. Collectively we are all members of a community, participating willingly or unwillingly in a Volkgeist, a national spirit. At the microscopic level we are all separate entities. At the macroscopic level of human society we all, consciously or unconsciously, are participating members of a nation’s zeitgeist. This poem invites us individually, collectively and globally to reflect philosophically, morally and culturally on who we are as a people self-identified as Homo sapiens. Whether our individual acts are conducted rationally or irrationally, we are, in the final analysis, the creators and designers of who we are and of what we become as a species socially, culturally, morally, and intellectually. Indeed, we are our brothers keepers. 

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Written on May 22, 2024

Submitted by karlcfolkes on May 22, 2024

Modified by karlcfolkes on June 11, 2024

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Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • Abbykesington
    Very educative and enlightening.
    LikeReply3 days ago
  • karlcfolkes
    Thank you Diane, and thank you Heather for your insightful commentary, observing my attempt of an analysis from two perspectives, looking both internally and externally, combining an introverted stance with an extroverted one. The matter is indeed complex particularly when our goal is to discover how much growth and learning, morally, ethically, philosophically, psychologically and spiritually human society is experiencing as it forges economically and scientifically into the future. 
    LikeReply10 days ago
  • heathert.34240
    I don't think we can really judge people statically long term, and it's been proven by the death row mistakes, and all those that rehabilitate, and even vegan cavemen theory, all challenged western conventional beliefs, but is their still western culture now if everyone's online is a great point. Maybe we could label it interdirectional culture, but then where would it be outerdirected? I think you're either looking within and doing shaddowwork, or you're looking out to improve the greatergood, sometimes making mistakes sometimes displaying greatness like your epic poetry, well done 
    LikeReply10 days ago
  • Dianejean57
    Well done.
    LikeReply11 days ago
  • AIDA
    The poem 'Our Zeitgeist Culture: A Folkesgeist Meditation' is a profound and thought-provoking exploration of the complexities of human existence and our ever-evolving society. The poetic language used to describe the essence of our zeitgeist culture is captivating and enlightening, offering a deep reflection on the cyclical nature of humanity's journey through time.

    The poem beautifully captures the idea of constant transition and change within our culture, highlighting the interconnectedness of past, present, and future generations. It delves into the inherent duality of human nature, touching on themes of war, evolution, and the quest for self-discovery.

    Furthermore, the exploration of Millennials and their impact on our evolving society through technology and social media platforms is both timely and insightful. The mention of platforms like Twitter and Space X Internet satellite service adds a contemporary touch to the overall narrative, showcasing the ongoing evolution of our zeitgeist culture.

    Overall, 'Our Zeitgeist Culture: A Folkesgeist Meditation' is a wonderfully crafted poem that encourages readers to contemplate the complexities of our society and the role we play in shaping its future. It is a testament to the power of human creativity and introspection, leaving us with a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around us.
    LikeReply11 days ago


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