Documentary on the Cult of Materialism [Full HD]

Does the philosophy of materialism work to destroy our identities, experience, and environment? Join narrator Daphne Ellis on a radical romp through the evidence and decide for yourself. Escape! From the Cult of Materialism is a documentary style remix/mash-up of material from various sources, which are credited at the end.

I feel like this film should have way more views. Used with permission from Fair Wind Films:




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  • For years, leftists of all sorts were calling out the negatives of Corporatism, Capitalism and Normalization.
    It's somewhat hilarious that Right wing and conservatives are now getting "red pilled" and Woke about those stuff and blame the others. Materialism is a re-brand of old critiques about our societies
    The system was rigged all along, we must understand that false consciousness is behind this divide among people and don't let the world dissolve in their struggles for more control.

    161A161A161 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • you suck. you doso much suck. the question is, which shepherd you chose. I'm pretty sure you were ushered away from…doin it right. unrighteous is all that means. pious means dutiful,. does religion have ownership of the words righteous or pious.? do you do though? who are the Princes of Hell? …Live their way, Earth pays, you take, not give. Live righteous, Earth gives, you owe nothing… difference.

    rascalferret 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Perhaps 'advertising' is a major culprit in our cultural worship of wealth. We are repeatedly told that having things will make us happy. Not only will we be happy if we buy the right things, but we will find acceptance and love.

    Think of the unloving rejection and hate that children have toward other children who don't wear the right brand of clothing. Because they cannot afford it, their whole family is shamed.

    Even as adults, we have this problem. Do you want the love and acceptance of a wife? You can ONLY marry her with a ring, and the ring MUST have a diamond. That is the ONLY way, or she will reject you. The ring must also cost three months of your salary, or you will be shamed and rejected for your lack of wealth. Other men have better rings, better cars, better houses.

    But does a luxury house actually improve the experience of living more than a budget house? Will your relationship with your children magically be better? Will family time magically be better if you're watching a big screen TV bought by a man with a small heart who isn't creative enough to play games with the children?

    We worship the wealth first, the human qualities of a man don't matter. If he has a lot of money, you will automatically think he is brave and good in every way. You'll even laugh at his jokes if they aren't funny. Let that last one sink in. You'll even find humor to appreciate where it is absent. You will dress him in the emperor's new clothes.

    Children at young as 12 at a school in a rich California private school might be expected to spend $5,000 per month just to keep up and match the materialism of their peers. Is a three thousand dollar coat any warmer than one bought for $50? It truly is pointless. Give a rich kid a poor kid's coat and watch them dissolve into chaos, terror, anger, and hatred toward you at having to wear it. Hatred.

    Our society must be truly sick to eat animal meat that was raised in conditions that guarantee the animal a lifetime of suffering. We choose that rather than demanding the choice of an animal that was raised with enough room to roll over, turn around, go outside, feel sunshine… It's psychopathic to treat animals that way and it's psychopathic to choose a psychopathic farmer. We are broken by capitalism. Our hearts are sick and we don't even know it. We are blinded by it. It corrupts us wholly.

    China shorts 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Miro este documental en youtube !con un iphone nuevo

    JOE 90 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • We just watched this documentary in one of my classes. I came back to it because it really made me think. Sure, some of the points in here are outlandish and extreme (to me) but the concept of idealism stuck with me.

    Cosmic Madeline 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Atomism is also materialism, einstein was a fool given celebrity like trump and hitler.
    QT & TR are both cults, religion. Not science.
    Photons my arsehole.
    Lightspeed my arsehole.

    Mister Physics 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Scarcity doesn't exist, our planet is Abundant, we get everything for free.

    Mister Physics 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • The “world” is what u make it…

    CG RAVEN V 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Pure Marxism Propaganda, Everything is about power and control.

    Daniel 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • We created this mess We are in, unless we start making changes, will be the downfall of society

    east coast 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • he is me

    lifeisawar zone 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Already warning in al-quran and its opposed in modern muslim/non-muslim today

    عبد العزيز KOSONGKANAKU 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • I think the aim of religion or spirituality, or the new age movement is to: somehow make us numb to the reality. The Bible says that people will be without natural affection for one another, I guess the entertainment industry also wanted to directly dumb society down to the reality as well. With this being said, I do not think the intentions behind these mediums is to purposefully destroy society, but I think we are all found wanting.

    Thando Joka 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • God it will be SOOOO beautiful when it all falls down around us. I want to see the world BURN!
    capitalism destroys things like LOVE, respect, compassion, and teamwork.
    If we all still had a relationship with mother earth and nature humans wouldnt be so sick, crazed and obsessed with inane and worthless ideas and products about what it means to be happy because we would actually BE happy.

    Plato Quemado 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Nationalism, exeptionalism, race, creed, religion are all fake social contructs used to spread fear and and hate to control our behaviour, the matrix of the cult.

    Those who have escaped the cult, do not forget the third world whose slave labor allows you to do so within the system, as they do not thius luxury. It's not just about you
    None are free until all are free.

    White, Western Consumer Zombie 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Marketing adds are propaganda for materialsim.

    D. Engelbrecht 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Now I agree with a lot of this but damn is alot of it just more New Agey mumbo jumbo that ignores human nature. There was no "cult of materialism" it is the way in which human's function. Blaming things on Adam Smith and the Wealth of nations? That book is responsible for lifting a massive amount of people out of poverty. The industrial revolution allowed people to live in a way they had never had before, trying to vilify it is ridiculous. New financial options had opened up for people of course they were going to explore them.

    This Millennial sophistry has to stop, all you do is point out flaws not at all looking at the opportunity cost, if a lot of these things didn't exist things would be much worse. It was books like wealth of nations and the free market that allowed people to pursue their own individual ideas. This isn't selfish, the narcissistic belief that this "documentary" holds that the world would be a perfect place if I could just force everyone to act the way I think they should – THAT is selfish.

    The creators of this documentary are mad the world doesn't work in a way the creators want it to, and the creators have convinced themselves they have figured out why. Cut the crap, you're not that amazing of people and the entire concept is ridiculous.

    Look people, The world is in a constant state of flux, today's great decision is tomorrow's world problem. They say hindsight is 20-20 and this is an absolute lie. Everything is a variable there is no constant so even if you could go back in time and tried to fix this "cult of materialism" it would just lead to a disaster anyway.

    Stop trying to vilify people and stop being authoritarians trying to control peoples behavior with these dumb utopian ideologies that are made up of completely vague and empty ideas and just start working on you and YOUR behavior. Everyone is worried about what is going on with this person and that person or what is going on in world politics yet they don't help their own communities, their own household is in shambles and they themselves are neurotic messes. Those exact type of people then go on to make videos like this telling everyone else how to act.

    Also the fake hand experiment has to deal with how human senses interpret the data coming to it from the world. Not some hallucinatory body is being put into their identity? What the hell are you telling people?

    Animal abuse and Slavery happen to people because people view themselves as matter? What in the hell have you Universidiots been taught? Animal abuse and Slavery were around before people even knew what matter was.

    Then, after all of this non-sense you end it by stating that every year people escape the rat race by making a whole bunch of INDIVIDUAL decisions, yet the ability to MAKE THOSE DECISIONS was given to them by the very ideas you complain about through the whole documentary.

    This documentary is obviously made by the Lame-ass Upper-Class. They aren't dealing with the same problems as you. They don't know what it's like to live in high crime areas and to have meth addicts in the family. They don't know all of the emotional pulls towards certain behaviors because their options aren't as limited as yours. The Lame-Ass Upper-Class and the Universidiots don't experience life, they watch youtube videos about other peoples lives than day dream up a whole bunch of crap to fix it even if no solution they have makes any sense nor checks out in anyway. They just make claims and than start LARPing it to be true, they give their life meaning by always trying to fix other people stuff, even if the other people didn't ask.

    Gen-Z, this is for you, this documentary is a CASE STUDY in how not to think. It is built on Upper-class narcissism. Always trying to tell others how to be even when their way-of-being is something NO one wants to copy, from their physical characteristics to their personality. Figure out life for yourselves, stop listening to these self-help gurus that are probably Zoloft Zealots and Adderall addicts themselves. They can't fix their own lives, so don't let their ideology mess up yours.

    Coolass Jack 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Excess cam be ugly… Materialism is "… rampant and cancerous … undermining the fabric of human society alike in the East and in the West, eating into the vitals of the conflicting peoples and races inhabiting the American, the European and the Asiatic continents." – Shoghi Effendi, Baha'i Faith

    Francis Mausley 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • People that have EVERYTHING you could possibly imagine materialistically are very often unhappy, so there must be something else going on here. I often say to myself that if only I had millions, then I could break the golden handcuffs that makes me a corporate slave. I could stop working for others and be 100% free and happy. Everything else is prison. After years subscribing to this philosophy I'm not sure anymore. I'm midlife now and I've met people that have so much money yet they don't seem happy at all. There's always something bothering them. If one problem goes away it needs to be replaced by another. That's how the brain works. The people that breaks THAT code and manages to become happy regardless of work situation or financial status are the ones that I should envy. I'm close to leaving the rat race but I need to tap into that non-materialistic source of energy before I dare taking the leap. After decades of being indoctrinated with the bullshit rat race religion I need to reconnect the wires so I can really understand and appreciate life regardless of the materialistic values. An "I am now and will die tomorrow so live NOW" type of mantra. We don't need all the gear we are told to gather in this life but it's hard as hell to grasp cause we are so wired into that way of assessing life. The second I wake up I'm in that fight or flight mode. I need to break free from that and it's a mental thing. Just like it takes time to admit alcoholism it's hard to admit materialism. I really do think it's an addiction.

    ventende 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • I was just recently completely and utterly absorbed in the ideas of wealth and materialism, im glad I'm starting to see the light I can feel my spirit lifting by the day now

    Chris Bishop 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • People…just don't buy into socialist propaganda! Plese don't buy it! I don't like money…I just like OBJECTS! I like objects more than people…because…ummm because people are stupid and buy into whatever propaganda the government is feeding them. Cars are bad for the environment propaganda….animal rights propaganda, LGBT rights propaganda, socialist propaganda, vegan propaganda…etc, etc. I don't care if I live in a big city or on the coutryside as long as I have the level of comfort I desire. If I would be rich I would probably live on the countryside avoiding almost any contact to the outside world other than my close and faithful servants. I just happen to hate people because they are stupid and ignorant and so easy to brainwash. Everybody should be focused on their own good and in this way society will progress much faster than when it is plagued with socialist goals. In socialism you should own less for the greater good! How stupid is this? When I have less, and the one next to me has less, and the next one has less who's good is that? Probably the good of the rullers. In socialism everybody is poor (maybe except for the few chosen ones) but they are happy because…reasons. In capitalism EVERYBODY has the chance to become rich. Of course not all of them will succede, actually only a very few of them will ever become rich but everybody has an equal chance! That's why capitalism is much better! And what is rich anyway? For the vast majority a luxurious mansion, expensive sports or luxury cars, luxury watches, private jet or helicopter, an yacht etc are sinonimous with wealth. But what if I told you that all of these should be the basic level of comfort for everyone? You will tell me that's not possible, that is not enough for everyone on the face of the earth. in this case you are brainwashed my friend by the rullers of this world. It is enough for everybody but the rullers will preffer that you stay poor, indoctrinated, not wanting more….because wanting more is EVIL, is the cult of materialism, etc…all of these when they have it all!

    sorindncs 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Can someone tell me the song playing at 10:08? I've heard it many times, but I just can't place it.

    Kenbo Jones 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • The BEST documentary on understanding the system we're locked into, how we got here and how we can get out.

    I hope I'm wrong about predicting the future but I think the world is falling into complete destruction and life as we now experience it will come to an end when mother nature erupts to destroy more than 2/3rd of the world population. The problem with that scenario is that the same attitudes and beliefs will still prevail and we will most likely struggle to regain them.

    Our best hope is that such a profound change takes place across the globe simultaneously that we begin to recognize our relationship to things, nature and ourselves in a balanced and harmonious attitude. I have no idea what would jump start that change.

    S. Gillespie 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Great points, but very few people want to revert to primitive hunter-gatherer type societies. Best thing to do would be for developed countries to reduce conspicuous consumption by 50%

    noble_eagle 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Money doesn't guarantee happiness but it helps. Makes things easier in many ways. Sure beats being poor and suffer due to bad economy. Lack of money means depression and suffering for millions of people. Poverty is a huge global problem. Now that we have established the money system there's no way around it. However, materialism is something else. The constant drive for more stuff is pointless and creates emptiness. But working for money so I can survive as good as possible is necessary. I'll be glad to take the millions over nothing any day of the week. I could own the money without spending it on "stuff". Having the ability to do something if needed provides security.

    ventende 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • thrift stores are another option. when I get rid of my stuff, it feels like my spirit can breathe

    piper scout 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • i hope some one can translate this in spanish audio

    Oook Kooo 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Smith missed out one fundamental point? Not everyone is selfish? Alas! Greed flourished under the stupid misconception that it equals strength and power – which it does, but for all the wrong reasons?!

    GARY GRAY 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Ted Kaschinsky has joined the chat

    BURN0UT 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • The ending was garbage. This new age shit is bullshit.

    86mdwolfie 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • What if the cult is somewhat necessary for human progression so that we are technologically ready to defend against aliens?

    Victor Mendoza 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • The materialist infrastructure needs an overhaul.

    We gotta stop buying mass produced crap, as much as feasible. There are thousands of people making products on a much smaller scale that could really use that money.

    Buying things from people can be useful if you want certain things because you don't need to invest time in making and learning everything.

    I work on programming and computers, but don't expect everyone to learn that stuff. In fact, them not knowing allows me to make more money

    JAYZUPP 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • 3:19 When the LSD kicks in

    JAYZUPP 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • There's some truth in this, but like all documentaries of this style, everything is taken to strengthen the main point that the makers want to make, no matter how far-sought, shortsighted and ridiculous; that's why I would say take thisdocu with a lot of salt okay

    Joris Steenbakkers 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • "It is indeed a good and praiseworthy thing to progress materially, but in so doing, let us not neglect the more important spiritual progress, and close our eyes to the Divine light shining in our midst." – Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks

    Francis Mausley 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • 17:53 which movie is it ? glass that shows advertisement as obey command

    Grace Seenivasan 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • 8:44 Poor guy xD

    I BraveHeart 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • I feel like this video sounds more like propaganda than what it is talking about. "use ad blockers, mute adverts on tv…" why exactly? what will that achieve. I never see an ad and think now I want to buy thing thing. if it is something I didn't know about, but I am interested in then sure I might buy it but adverts almost never actually convince me to go out and consume more. I don't shop when I'm sad, I don't shop when I'm depressed, I don't shop when im happy or celebrating. shopping makes me sad and bored so I do it as little as possible. but the point they seem to be making is go become a farmer and live on your own crops for the rest of your life disconnected from the outside world and all those evil politicians and leaders that are trying to use you like a cog in a machine which sounds more like a cult than consumerism does

    JCWolf2 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • In fact it was the Bible that was forbidden and illegal to own. First printed book was Bible(Gutenberg's). Before it was easy for catholic clergy to teach anything but when common people got access to the Bible and saw that church had made doctrines of their own it launched first protestantic movements then first anti-religious philosophers.

    markus lappalainen 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Well done! Thank you.

    larry kent 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • for all of people stop throwing trash everywhere

    Jan Harmon 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • What a load of Leftist horsesh*t. The narrator is describing the social structure of civilization not human evolution nor ecology. This Marxist crap is posted on YouTube which is the ultimate expression of the materialist. LOL

    Perry Widhalm 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Christianity is based on what ? Follow, Sacrifice and Die

    Sturm Panzer 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Thats not how The Cave ends though. It ends in the escapie returning to the comfort of the cave. Mindless consumerism is the problem, not materialism in it self. Idealism is just living by illusions.

    JUKE MAN 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • inb4 real socialism has never been tried before

    Serious Face 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Lief Keane , this is is a hypothetical question, there will always be good junk. As I have found even the smallest bits of anything are useful to someone like me. No good junk? Take the bad junk combine it to make good things. I even go to the range and gather ,22 spent cartridges. Things others overlook. With one million .22 cartridges you can cast a Church Bell with leftovers. How many pop cans would it take to cast an AR 15 ? Would you mix in some broken Chevy piston pieces? And yes I melt down my Coke cans . I'm sorry it's taken so long for me to get back to you, but I have been scrapping on a larger scale. I completely disassembled a 1986 Chrysler fifth avenue saving all the bolts screws copper, brass, and all the useful parts for my 46 Chevy pickup. Also I built myself a new bicycle .a 1960s 1970s style, Ape hangers – tall sissy bar ,6 speed rear end, grip shift. I found a Skull shift knob and mounted it on the head set. It was BMX frame, a Mongoos Hoop D. The 1/2 can of purple spray paint I found made a perfect paint job. I have been offered $120 for it but I really like it. Back to the Chrysler, I think I may have a buyer for the transverse torsion bar front end, rear axle and breaking system. M body Mopars are great for street Rods. So I'm hoping that I have answered your question. Give me a broken rusted bolt and I will build a truck, two bent wheels and a broken frame, I will build a bicycle.

    Kevin Lee 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Magyar feliratot tud valaki hozzá készíteni? Több embernek akiknek mindenképp megmutatnám nem tudnak angolul.Can some create or help to create Hungarian sub for it?

    Boglárka Debreczeny 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Anyone who embodies a hatred towards the productive and the rich is a sign of a disgusting human. Stop hating and create your own values.

    mughat 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • Truly sad the world were living in, my friends are different now, only focused on financial growth. They have moved away. I feel like an outcast. No one enjoys anything anymore, they are too stressed out or impatient…where is the peace of mind.

    Logic Seeker 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply
  • We are a God , not the Egotistic powerful authoritarian God, but an expression of infinite creation with love and compassion . We have trillions of atoms within, and the same stuff flows everywhere in the universe . God is light , energy is light, light is a photon photons are energy , we are all connected through it. Our hearts have a huge magnetic field compared with our brains, and it’s not by accident that earths magnetic field is where it is, our heart has a big magnetic field , and our brain has less… when we talk from the heart, we don’t need to justify ourselves … the feeling.. thoughts are electrical synapses , feelings are magnetic waves… that’s the way it works my friends… the pyramids chambers are tuned to 112hz for a reason too.. not for today thought 🙂

    Joao Vieira 16/05/2020 06:23 Reply

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