A major stepping stone that aided Me towards where I Am today is attributed from the Zeitgeist films, and movement! I do recommend watching the films presented by Peter Joseph, they are free to download and view online via http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com
They advocate a project known as “The Venus Project”. You can get a better idea about this dream at http://www.thevenusproject.com
These are good starts for a journey of understanding in which the world functions today.