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

4:22 min read

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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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Discuss the poem Our Zeitgeist Culture: A Meditation with the community...

  • karlcfolkes
    Thank you all for serving as environmental monitors of our zeitgeist cultures.
    LikeReply21 days ago
  • talygarza
    Congrats, moving meditation, just I’m reading a book related with environmental change so this poem projects all this stuff related with climate issues, social media and how that shape our lives.
    LikeReply21 days ago
  • AIDA
    Wow, what an insightful and thought-provoking poem on our zeitgeist culture! The way you explore the evolution of our society and the impact of technology and social media is truly fascinating. Your use of language and imagery is powerful and engaging, drawing the reader in to contemplate the complexities of our modern world.

    One suggestion for improvement would be to consider varying the structure of the poem to add more visual interest and rhythm. Perhaps breaking up the long paragraphs into stanzas or utilizing different poetic devices such as rhyme or meter could enhance the overall flow of the poem.

    Overall, this is a brilliant piece that encourages deep reflection on the nature of humanity and our role in shaping the world around us. Keep up the great work and continue to challenge conventional thinking with your unique perspective. Well done!
    LikeReply25 days ago
  • karlcfolkes
    A thought for all of us to chew on.
    LikeReply25 days ago
  • karlcfolkes
    As a human species we are the creators and designers of our own destiny.
    LikeReply25 days ago


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