1 HOUR VIDEO INTRODUCTION TO THE HUMAN CONDITION
Watch Jeremy Griffith introduce the human condition in a 1 hour presentation from FREEDOM Webinar 1.
WHAT IS THE HUMAN CONDITION
Definition of the human condition
The human condition is the subconscious sense of guilt and agony we each carry of being unable to explain humans’ contradictory capacity for immense love and sensitivity on one hand, and greed, hatred, brutality, rape, murder and war on the other. While the universally accepted ideals are to be cooperative, loving and selfless, humans are variously competitive, aggressive and selfish—and our inability to understand this paradox has been the burden of human life; it has been our human condition.
Conventional references to the human condition
- why we are the way we are
- what it is to be human
- the riddle of life
- our human predicament
- the dark side of our nature
- our troubled human state and nature
- our corrupted or ‘fallen’ state
- our capacity for ‘good’ and ‘evil’
- our contradictory nature
- our state of human frailty
- our burden of guilt or sin
- the root cause of human conflict
- the meaning of humans and their
place in the world
An overview of the ideas
Charles Darwin explained the origin of the variety of life on Earth and connected humans with nature, but there biology has been stalled, unable to take the next step and explain the origin of human behaviour; in particular, explain our ‘good and evil’-afflicted human condition.
It is this question of questions of the human condition that those involved in the World Transformation Movement (WTM) maintain biologist Jeremy Griffith has answered.
Paradoxically, Griffith’s answer defends and dignifies humans in the most remarkable way. It lifts the burden of guilt, making possible our species’ psychological rehabilitation. It brings about the real repair—in fact, the TRANSFORMATION—of ourselves and our planet.
The understanding of the human condition that Griffith provides us with explains the difference between our intellect and instincts and the effect that difference has had on our behaviour. It describes how the anger and selfishness felt by humans is the result of a conflict between these two factions within ourselves—our nerve-based intellect’s capacity to understand cause and effect struggling against our blind gene-based instinctive orientations to the world.
This conflict, which started some two million years ago when consciousness emerged, has caused humans to live with an undeserved sense of guilt that is characterised by competition and aggression. Once the guilt is removed by being explained—as the WTM maintains it now is by Griffith’s explanation—our species’ historical competitive and aggressive way of coping with the human condition is made redundant and human life is transformed.
The WTM emphasises that Jeremy Griffith’s thesis is grounded in first principle biology—there is no mysticism, faith, or belief element to the ideas. And, best of all, the biological understanding we now have of our lives brings about a whole new human-condition-free, transformed world for the human race.
Catch phrases that we are familiar with, like ‘human potential’ and ‘self esteem’, stress this yearning for self-justification and self-realisation, but the ability to feel contented ultimately depended on self-understanding—understanding why we humans have been competitive, aggressive and selfish when the ideals are so clearly to be cooperative, loving and selfless. The WTM holds that only solving the human condition, explaining why humans are good when they appear to be bad, could bring the human race the peace it hungers for. And now that we have that deepest of all understanding of ourselves, that yearned for peace finally comes to the human race.