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FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition
by Jeremy Griffith

 

Questions & Answers

 

Who is Jeremy Griffith?

 

Born in 1945 and raised on a sheep station (ranch) in rural New South Wales, Australia, Griffith was educated at Geelong Grammar School in Victoria and later graduated in biology from Sydney University. He spent six years in the wilds of Tasmania where he undertook the most thorough investigation ever into the plight of the Tasmanian Tiger, concluding that it was extinct. During this time, aged 27, Jeremy shifted his exploratory focus to humanity, which has remained his life’s preoccupation for the last 40 years. He started writing about the human condition in 1975, established the World Transformation Movement in 1983 (originally established as the Foundation for Humanity’s Adulthood), published his first book, Free: The End of the Human Condition in 1988, his second book, Beyond the Human Condition in 1991, and his bestselling third book, A Species In Denial, in 2004.

 

What is the human condition?

 

The agony of being unable to truthfully answer the fundamental question of why we are the way we aredivisively instead of cooperatively behavedhas been the particular burden of human life. It has been our species’ particular affliction or conditionour ‘human condition’.

 

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Why is it so important that we understand the human condition?

 

With every day bringing with it more alarming evidence of the turmoil of the human situation, it is unarguable that finding the psychologically relieving understanding of the reason for our destructive behaviour is the ONLY way we can halt the slide to total chaos and devastation. The journalist Richard Neville was frighteningly accurate when, in summarising the desperate state of our species’ situation, he wrote that ‘the world is hurtling to catastrophe: from nuclear horrors, a wrecked eco-system, 20 million dead each year from malnutrition, 600 million chronically hungry…All these crises are man made, their causes are psychological. The cures must come from this same source; which means the planet needs psychological maturity fast. We are locked in a race between self destruction and self discovery’. Our species has come to the critical juncture where ONLY ‘self discovery’­reconciling, ameliorating, ‘psychological[ly]’ healing understanding of ourselvescan save us from ‘self destruction’.

 

What is Jeremy Griffith’s explanation of the human condition?

 

FREEDOM explains the difference between our instincts and intellect and the effect that difference has had on our behaviour. It describes how the anger and selfishness felt by humans is the result of these two factions within ourselvesthe gene-based instinctive learning system struggling against the nerve-based intellect’s capacity to understand. This conflict, which started some two million years ago when consciousness emerged, causes humans to live with an undeserved sense of guilt that is characterised by competition and aggression. Once guilt is removed by being explainedwhich the explanation presented in FREEDOM now makes possiblethe competition and aggression in humans will naturally subside.

 

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How does science currently explain the human condition?

 

The human condition has been such a fearful, unconfrontable subject that science as a whole has become a purveyor of extremely dishonest, human-psychosis-avoiding theorieslike Social Darwinism, Evolutionary Psychology, group selectionthat seek to falsely account for, and thus dismiss, our paradoxical nature. We have argued that we are a victim of savage animal instincts that compel us to fight and compete for food, shelter, territory and a mate; that we are at the mercy of a biological need to reproduce our genes. There cannot be a more dangerous example of a dishonest theory than that which appears in biologist E.O. Wilson’s 2012 book, The Social Conquest of Eartha theory that evasively trivializes the human condition as nothing more than selfless instincts at odds with selfish instincts within us.

 

Do Jeremy Griffith’s ideas have any scientific support?

 

While the mechanistic scientific establishment as a whole has studiously avoided the true, psychological nature of the human condition, Jeremy’s ideas have attracted the support of such eminent scientists as former President of the Canadian Psychiatric Association Professor Harry Prosen, Australia’s Templeton Prize-winning biologist Professor Charles Birch and New Zealand’s then foremost zoologist Professor John Morton, as well as other distinguished thinkers such as Sir Laurens van der Post.

 

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Why aren’t these ideas mainstream?

 

Firstly, because Jeremy dares to look at the real psychological nature of the human condition, his work has been treated as heretical by mechanistic science, as an anathema to be dismissed and even persecuted. Also, because the book presents the profound analysis of the human condition, some people can find what is being said hard to take in (what is referred to in the first chapter as the ‘deaf-effect’), and others even find what is being discussed unbearably confronting, and become hostile to it.

 

Secondly, for someone to be able to explain, and, through that explanation, bring reconciling and ameliorating understanding to our deeply troubled, human-condition-afflicted lives, they obviously had to be thinking from a position outside the conventional whole-view-of-the-human-condition-avoiding, mechanistic framework. As Einstein said, ‘We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them’!

 

Should people be sceptical of the claims made about FREEDOM?

 

The amazing thing is that while the absolutely astonishing claims made about FREEDOM, such as Professor Prosen asserting that it is ‘the book that saves the world’, warrant utter scepticism and accusations of deluded hubris and over-promise, the fact is they withstand scrutiny. A person can begin reading the book and the more they read into it the more they will realise the claims being made are actually true. So these outrageous claims provide the ideal way to attract interestwhich is a strategy no other book could employ successfully because such claims couldn’t stand up to scrutiny; reading them wouldn’t lead to the realisation that they have provided the answers that the human race has been in search of, which is the realisation that reading this book actually produces, as Professors Prosen and Churchill say it does.

 

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Why should people read this book?

 

As Professor Prosen has said, ‘the fastest growing realization everywhere is that humanity can’t go on the way it is going. Indeed, the great fear is we’re entering endgame where we appear to have lost the race between self-destruction and self-discovery.’ We need answers and we need them fast. While issues such as the environment have dominated concerns in recent times, the obvious truth is that we have only been focusing on the symptoms; everything to date has been nothing more than a band-aid. To stop the destruction of our world and the disintegration of society that is happening everywhere we look someone had to address and fix the cause of the problems, which is us humansour psychosis. We are the problemour out-of-control egocentric, selfish, competitive and ferociously vicious, mean and aggressive human condition. It is precisely this real problem of the human condition that FREEDOM finally delivers the psychologically redeeming, relieving and transforming understanding of.

 

What is the effect of understanding Jeremy Griffith’s explanation of the human condition?

 

Jeremy begins FREEDOM by explaining that, “This book liberates you, the reader, and all other humans from an underlying insecurity and resulting psychosis that all humans have suffered from since we became a fully conscious species some two million years ago.” The effect of finally knowing and understanding and living with this explanation is that it transforms humans from their psychologically insecure, human-condition-afflicted existence to a psychologically secure and mature, human-condition-free state. It ends all the bewilderment, confusion and uncertaintyall the insecurityabout human behaviour. In short, it unravels the whole mess we humans have been living in and unites the human race.

 

Who are some thinkers that Jeremy Griffith admires?

 

Jeremy’s work was founded on a long history of profound or ‘denial-free’ thinkers about the human condition dating back to Moses, Socrates, Plato and Christ, through to more contemporary profound, denial-free thinkers such as Charles Darwin, Teilhard de Chardin and Sir Laurens van der Post among others.

 

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Is this some sort of religion?

 

No. Unlike religions, which are based on faith or dogma, the understanding of the human condition, and the transformed way of living it brings about, is based on rational, first-principle-based biology; it is knowledge-drivenknowledge that, after a few generations, has the ability to eliminate all the upset in humans. So while religions were an incredibly effective means of containing the upset in humans while the search for understanding of that upset condition was being carried out, the transformed way of living is, in complete contrast, concerned with what happens after that liberating understanding is found, which is the advancement of the human race from a human-condition-afflicted state to a state completely free of that terrible affliction.

 

Another immense difference between this new transformed way of living and a religion is that in the transformed way of living there is no deity involved, or deference to any one personality; in fact, there is no worship of any kind. And best of all, unlike religion, there is no involvement or emphasis on guilt, because guiltand the whole notion of ‘good and evil’has been eliminated forever with the reconciling understanding of the human condition.

 

What is Professor Prosen’s background?

 

Harry Prosen MD is a North American psychiatrist. His former roles include Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and President of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. Since 1998, he has been psychiatric consultant to the Bonobo Species Preservation Society, assisting primatologists working with one of the largest collections of captive bonobo primates in the world at the Milwaukee County Zoo, studying bonobo culture and development. This work has led to Prosen receiving numerous consultations in the United States and other parts of the world concerning psychological and other problems in primates. Recently, the rehabilitation of an emotionally disturbed young bonobo named “Brian” generated substantial publicity, including a story in The Atlantic.

 

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