Beyond The Human Condition
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Drawing by Jeremy Griffith © Fedmex Pty Ltd 1991
Objective research, assisted in the end by subjective introspection and supported by humanity as a whole has found the key to our freedom.
OUR SOUL AND INTELLECT ARE RECONCILED.
We can now return to integrativeness. The way forward now is back to our soul’s world of soundness, naturalness, happiness and peace, and when we arrive this time we will be fully conscious and understanding. We have turned our heads for home. Our journey away through the wilderness and darkness is finally over.
The poles of life are reconciled: God (integrativeness) and (divisive) man, women and men, young and old, religion and science, holism and mechanism, emotion and reason, left wing and right wing, idealism and realism, yin and yang, Abel and Cain, blacks and whites, the selfless and the selfish,Page 165 of
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While Michelangelo’s masterpiece (pictured below) is titled The Creation of Adam it also became a symbol of our hope of reconciliation with God. The ‘out-stretched fingers’ of God and man have finally touched. Our estrangement has ended.
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To quote the final words in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Phantom of the Opera (1986); it’s over now, the music of the night. Great optimism, relief, fellowship and excitement emerges now. Light comes into our darkness and will spread across the Earth until there is no darkness left. Our music will change. Our ‘classical’ music expressed the greater truth of our true divinity, the truth that stood above the terrible suffering the human condition inflicted on us. We could identify with its message but we couldn’t relieve our condition. We waited in hope and faith for understanding. It was the music of the night. Now a new music will appear that expresses an extraordinary relief and happiness. A new world is coming for humans.
The age-old clenched fist symbol shows strength and defiance against any implication that we are bad. It can now hold aloft the key to liberation of the proof of our goodness. The psychological repair of humanity can begin.
Understanding that we are good allows our upset to subside. It gives us the keys of the kingdom of heaven (The Bible, Matt. 16:19). Understanding is compassion — it doesn’t condone upset, it heals it.
Because these explanations reconcile intellect and soul they can be tested by either or both. That they satisfy both will prove their validity. They make so much sense that many of us will feel we are being brought out of a trance, and are so obvious that we will wonder why they weren’t brought to light much sooner.
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. . . the Truth has to appear only once . . . for it to be impossible for anything ever to prevent it from spreading universally and setting everything ablaze.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Je m’explique, 1966 (published in English as Let Me Explain, 1970).
Note also that these explanations are not discoveries, but revelations of things we have known; the many criticising partial truths that make up the full truth, such as integrative meaning and the significance of nurturing in our upbringing, were truths we knew but have evaded. To evade something we had first to know it. Nearly all the quotes in this book represent instances when the wall of our evasion or alienation or blindness was momentarily penetrated and the truth let through. We can find the truth amongst all our evasions now. In fact we can know exactly how alienated/evasive any writer was. Everything from the old world will be measured now in terms of its degree of alienation. The truth has been made clear. This is the day [predicted in The Bible] when God will judge men’s secrets (Romans 2:16). This is the day of reckoning but it will be a kind time, not hurtful.
The problem had become one of revealing the truth, not of finding it. In the end it was our alienation that stood between us and freedom from the human condition. As explained earlier, unevasive or innocent thought was required to reveal these answers.
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The Bible, Matt. 11:25.
The confidence or certainty of unevasive or holistic thinking will (mistakenly) seem arrogant to our evasive, mechanistic minds. If you are in a lighted room as it were, and someone asks where the door is, you can confidently say it is there. If you are being evasive on the other hand, if you are in a dark room and someone asks where the door is, you say I think it is possibly over there somewhere. Evasive thinking is blind but unevasive thinking isn’t. Living with the truth, an unevasive mind knows when it is right and when it is wrong in its thinking. This is why unevasive or non-alienated people (such as the founders of the great religions) taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law (The Bible, Matt. 7:29).
Also, having to be evasive made the task of finding understandings extremely difficult. An unevasive mind, able to think straight/truthfully, can think so effectively that an evasive mind looking on would be astonished. It was asked about Christ, who was exceptionally sound or non-alienated, How did this man get such learning without having studied? (The Bible, John 7:15). Exceptionally unevasive thinkers or prophets could, for example, prophesy or know the future because they could think truthfully and thus effectively. Prophets were truth-tellers while most people had to evade the truth. Prophets were able to delight in the fear of the Lord (The Bible, Isaiah 11:3). Relatively innocent or free of upset, they weren’t afraid of integrative meaning. They had never become resigned to reality (abandoned ideality and become evasive).
It won’t be easy at first for the old, evasive world to adjust to the new, unevasive one; the evasive world will be incredulous and will try to impose its insecure view on the secure, unevasive one, receding slowly.