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This is Freedom Essay 46

 

Anne Frank’s and Olive Schreiner’s vision
of a human-condition-resolved peaceful
world, and counsel from others, like
Sir James Darling, who stressed the
desperate need for that breakthrough

 

Written by Jeremy Griffith, 2017

 

 

Anne Frank’s belief that peace would one day come to the human race

 

In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart… I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.

(Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, 1947)

 

 

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Anne Frank (1929–1945)

 

Despite facing unimaginable horrors brought about by our species’ capacity for destruction and depravity, the extraordinary diarist and Holocaust victim Anne Frank’s faith in the basic goodness of all humans remained intact.

In fact, in writing that ‘people are really good at heart’, Anne displayed the hope, faith and trust in our species’ goodness that has allowed humanity to carry on throughout its often violent history, a faith that has finally been borne out by science making it possible to explain the human condition (see Video/​F. Essay 3 and chapters 1 & 3 of FREEDOM). While not condoning ‘evil’ in any form, this explanation of why our species has been capable of such horrific behaviour as the Holocaust, reveals that humans are fundamentally goodin fact, not just good but the heroes of the story of life on Earth!

 

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And most wonderful of all, this redeeming understanding actually brings an end to our insecurity-driven horrifically selfish, competitive and aggressive behaviour. It is the insight we have needed to rehabilitate and heal our species’ underlying psychosis. As the great psychoanalyst Carl Jung was fond of saying, ‘wholeness for humans depends on the ability to own our own shadow’.

Finally, able to understand and love the dark side of ourselves, we humans will no longer be angry, egocentric and alienated. Understanding is compassion, the truth sets us free from our psychosis. So this is the fulfilment of Anne Frank’s awesome vision that ‘this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return’ to humankind.

 

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Olive Schreiner’s belief that ‘somewhere, some time, some place’ the transformation of the human race would take place

 

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Olive Schreiner (1855–1920)

 

The great South African writer Olive Schreiner expressed the same hope of our species’ eventual emancipation as Anne Frank when, on her deathbed in 1920, she wrote a deeply reflective essay titled Somewhere, Some Time, Some Place in which she was able to recall her childhood struggle with the issue of the human condition. She told how, as a little girl ‘not yet nine years old’, she was overcome with distress about all the selfishness, meanness and cruelty in the world. Remarkably, while Schreiner wasn’t able to find understanding of all the wrongness in human behaviour, she did manage to achieve, through the inspiring beauty of nature, some peace of mind by realising that a greater meaning did lie behind all the apparent wrongness and suffering in human life.

For brevity’s sake, these are the main passages from Schreiner’s incredible essay: ‘When a child, not yet nine years old, I walked out one morning along the mountain tops on which my home stood. The sun had not yet risen, and the mountain grass was heavy with dew…​I walked till I came to a place where a little stream ran…​I had got up so early because I had been awake much in the night and could not sleep longer. My heart was heavy; my physical heart seemed to have a pain in it, as if small, sharp crystals were cutting into it. All the world seemed wrong to me…​Why did everyone press on everyone and try to make them do what they wanted? Why did the strong always crush the weak? Why did we hate and kill and torture? Why was it all as it was? Why had the world ever been made?…​The little sharp crystals seemed to cut deeper into my heart.

And then, as I sat looking at [the stream]…​the sun began to rise. It shot its lights across the long, grassy slopes of the mountains and struck…​[a] little mound of earth [at the water’s edge]…​All the…​flowers and grasses on it turned bright gold, and the dewdrops hanging from them were like diamonds; and the water in the stream glinted as it ran. And, as I looked at that almost intolerable beauty, a curious feeling came over me…​I seemed to see a world in which creatures no more hated and crushed, in which the strong helped the weak, and men understood each other, and forgave each other, and did not try to crush others, but to help…​And there came to me, as I sat there, a joy such as never besides have I experienced…​a joy without limit…

[T]his feeling [that] came to me, a feeling…​not easy to put into words…​was like this: You also are a part of the great Universe; what you strive for something strives for…​you are moving on towards something…

In the long years which have passed, the adult has seen…the greed, the ambition, the cruelty and falsehood of the individual soul…​in so hideously enlarged and wholly unrestrained a form that it might be forgiven to one who cried out to the powers that lie behind life: “Is it not possible to put out a sponge and wipe up humanity from the earth? It is stain!”…​[Very honestly, Schreiner also conceded that even ‘Within my own soul I have perceived elements militating against all I hungered for’.] [She went on]…​I have tried to wear no blinkers…​I have tried to look nakedly in the face those facts which make most against all hopeand yet, in the darkest hour, the consciousness which I carried back with me that morning has never wholly deserted me…

That which was for the young child only a vision…​has, in the course of a long life’s experience, become a hope…​which a growing knowledge of human nature and human life does endorse. Somewhere, some time, some place’ (An Olive Schreiner Reader: Writings on Women and South Africa, ed. Carol Barash, 1987, pp.216-220 of 261).

I think that passage is as clean a take on the fundamental situation we humans have been in as you could hope to find.

Having, as Schreiner said, ‘tried to look nakedly in the face of those facts which’ seem unequivocally to deny ‘all hope’ of there being meaning in all the suffering and apparent wrongness in human life, she then, in that state of complete openness to all the possibilities, saw the sparkle on a stream in the early morning sunlight and, through that beauty, was connected to the greater truth that there is a purpose and destiny to human existencethat we have been ‘moving towards something’. That ‘something’, she said, was ‘a growing knowledge of human nature’ that will ‘somewhere, some time, some place’ bring about an incredible transformation of humans where ‘the strong helped the weak, and men understood each other, and forgave each other, and did not try to crush others, but to help’, and that the coming of that time would bring about ‘a joy without limit’.

Believe it or not, this ‘somewhere’ and ‘some time’ and ‘some place’ when ‘a growing knowledge of human nature’science, in factwould make possible reconciling, redeeming, healing and transforming understanding of ourselves when, as Professor Harry Prosen said, ‘the psychological rehabilitation of the human race’ can beginis happening right now, and right here in what you are reading in these Freedom Essays, and in their source, FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition.

 

Other deep thinkers, such as Sir James Darling, who have stressed the now desperate need for understanding of the human condition to be found

  • ‘In the distant future I see open fields for far more important researches. Psychology will be based on a new foundation…​Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history’, Charles Darwin  (The Origin of Species, 1859, p.458 of 476).

 

  • ‘Philosophers and scientists have done very little to elucidate the problem of man…​psychologists were wrong in assuming that man was a healthy creature, mainly conscious and intellectual, and should be studied from that point of view. Man is a sick being…​The human soul is divided, an agonizing conflict between opposing elements is going on in it…​the distinction between the conscious and the subconscious mind is fundamental for the new psychology’, Russian philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev  (The Destiny of Man, 1931; tr. N. Duddington, 1960, pp. 49 & 67-68 of 310).

 

  • ‘We are living through deeply anxious days, and if we are to relieve our anxiety we must diagnose its cause…​What is the meaning of man? To this question no answer is being offered, and I have the feeling that we are moving toward the darkest era our world has ever know’, French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry  (A Sense of Life, 1965, pp.127, 219 of 231).

 

  • ‘Our alienation goes to the roots. The realization of this is the essential springboard for any serious reflection on any aspect of present inter-human life (p.12 of 156) …​The condition of alienation, of being asleep, of being unconscious, of being out of one’s mind, is the condition of the normal man’ (p.24); and ‘The requirement of the present, the failure of the past, is the same: to provide a thoroughly self-conscious and self-critical human account of man’ (p.11); and ‘We respect the voyager, the explorer, the climber, the space man. It makes far more sense to me as a valid projectindeed, as a desperately urgently required project for our timeto explore the inner space and time of consciousness’ (p.105), Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing  (The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradise, 1967).

 

  • ‘We really know nothing about the nature of man, and unless we hurry to get to know ourselves we are in dangerous trouble’, Famous Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung(Laurens van der Post, Jung and the Story of Our Time, 1976, p.239 of 275).

 

  • ‘I am infinitely saddened to find myself suddenly surrounded in the west by a sense of terrible loss of nerve, a retreat from knowledge into – into what? Into…​falsely profound questions about, Are we not really just animals at bottom; into extra-sensory perception and mystery. They do not lie along the line of what we are now able to know if we devote ourselves to it: an understanding of man himself. We are nature’s unique experiment to make the rational intelligence prove itself sounder than the reflex. Knowledge is our destiny. Self-knowledge, at last bringing together the experience of the arts and the explanations of science, waits ahead of us’, Polish-born English science historian Jacob Bronowski  (The Ascent of Man, 1973, p.437 of 448).

 

  • ‘The world is hurtling to catastrophe: from nuclear horrors, a wrecked ecosystem, 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’, Australian journalist Richard Neville  (Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 Oct. 1986; see www.wtmsources.com/167.)

 

  • Having written of a need ‘to find…​a key to unravelling the mystery of the human condition’, the English explorer and philosopher Bruce Chatwin reported how in ‘London, 1970, ‘At a public lecture I listened to Arthur Koestler airing his opinion that the human species was mad. He claimed that, as a result of an inadequate co-ordination between two areas of the brainthe “rational” neocortex and the “instinctual” hypothalamusMan had somehow acquired the “unique, murderous, delusional streak” that propelled him, inevitably, to murder, to torture and to war’  (The Songlines, 1987, pp.77 & 237 of 325).

 

  • ‘The human condition is the most important frontier of the natural sciences’; and ‘There is no grail more elusive or precious in the life of the mind than the key to understanding the human condition”, Renowned Harvard University-based American biologist Edward O. Wilson  (Consilience, 1998, p.298 of 374; and The Social Conquest of Earth, 2012, p.1 of 330).

 

  • In December 2012, American billionaire Mortimer B. Zuckerman pledged US$200 million to Columbia University, saying that: ‘At its root, this is an investment in accomplished scholars whose collective mission is both greater understanding of the human condition and the discovery of new cures for human suffering’  (The Educated Observer, Winter 2013).

 

  • ‘Know then thyself, presume not God to scan / The proper study of Mankind is Man’, English poet Alexander Pope  (Essay on Man, 1733).

 

  • ‘Man, know thyself’, Famous ancient Greek maxim written on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi.

 

  • ‘The world has achieved brilliance…​without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants’, The great American Second World War General Omar Bradley  (Armistice Day Address, 10 Nov. 1948; Collected Writings of General Omar N. Bradley, Vol.1).

 

  • ‘…humanity is either standing on the brink of “a quantum leap in human psychological capabilities or heading for a global nervous breakdown”’, American clinical psychologist Maureen O’Hara  (Richard Eckersley, address titled ‘Values and Visions: Western Culture and Humanity’s Future’, Nov. 1995; see www.wtmsources.com/133)

 

  • ‘Time may well be dwindling for us to enlighten ourselves…Tragic to die of thirst half a yard from the well’, Australian journalist Doug Anderson  (The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 Oct. 1994).

 

  • ‘The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance’; and ‘The unexamined life is not worth living’, Ancient Greek philosopher considered to be the father of western philosophy, Socrates  (Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers, c.225 AD; and Plato’s dialogue Apology, c.380 BC; tr. B. Jowett, 1871, 38).

 

  • ‘I want you to go on to picture the enlightenment or ignorance of our human conditions somewhat as follows. Imagine an underground chamber, like a cave with an entrance open to the daylight and running a long way underground. In this chamber are men who have been prisoners there…​think what would naturally happen to them if they were released from their bonds and cured of their delusions [by one day achieving the enlightenment…​of our human condition]…​don’t you think he [the cave prisoner] would congratulate himself on his good fortune’, Ancient Greek philosopher Plato  (The Republic, c.360 BC; tr. H.D.P. Lee, 1955).

 

  • ‘…symptoms of the mental disorder which appears to be endemic in our species…​are specifically and uniquely human, and not found in any other species. Thus it seems only logical that our search for explanations [of human behaviour] should also concentrate primarily on those attributes of homo sapiens which are exclusively human and not shared by the rest of the animal kingdom. But however obvious this conclusion may seem, it runs counter to the prevailing reductionist trend. “Reductionism” is the philosophical belief that all human activities can be “reduced” to – i.e., explained by – the [non-psychosis involved] behavioural responses of lower animals – Pavlov’s dogs, Skinner’s rats and pigeons, Lorenz’s greylag geese, Morris’s hairless apes…​That is why the scientific establishment has so pitifully failed to define the predicament of man’, Hungarian-born English scientist-philosopher Arthur Koestler  (Janus: A Summing Up, 1978, p.19 of 354).

 

  • ‘We have not overcome our condition, and yet we know it better. We know that we live in contradiction, but that we must refuse this contradiction and do what is needed to reduce it. Our task as men is to find those few first principles that will calm the infinite anguish of free souls. We must stitch up what has been torn apart, render justice imaginable in the world which is so obviously unjust, make happiness meaningful for nations poisoned by the misery of this century. Naturally, it is a superhuman task. But tasks are called superhuman when men take a long time to complete them, that is all’, Algerian-born French Nobel Laureate for Literature Albert Camus  (The Almond Trees, 1940; in Summer, 1954, pp.33-35 of 87).

 

  • ‘Getting to the root of the human condition is something I find not only fascinating, but absolutely necessary in understanding who we are…​If we understand why we act the way we do, we can change the way we act’, Leading American filmmaker Steven Spielberg  (in regard to his upcoming Discovery Channel documentary series Why We Hate, Variety.com, 6 Apr. 2018).

 

  • ‘Only by understanding how we were all a part of the same contemporary pattern [of wars, cruelty and greed] could we defeat those dark forces with a true understanding of their nature and origin’ ; and, ‘Compassion leaves an indelible blueprint of the recognition that life so sorely needs between one individual and another; one nation and another; one culture and another. It is also valid for the road which our spirit should be building now for crossing the historical abyss that still separates us from a truly contemporary vision of life, and the increase of life and meaning that awaits us in the future’ Pre-eminent South African philosopher Sir Laurens van der Post  (Jung and the Story of Our Time, 1976, pp.24 & 29 of 275)

 

Sir James Darling

Sir James Darling (1899–1995)

 

To end this collection I’ll include some extracts from the speeches of the great English-born Australian educator Sir James Darling, who was my headmaster when I was a student at Geelong Grammar School (GGS) in Victoria, Australia (which, incidentally, was the school HRH Prince Charles was sent halfway around the world to attend): ‘How difficult it is for modern man to see life clearly and to see it whole. But…the scientist can no more deny or devaluate the truths of spiritual experience than the theologian can neglect the truths of science: and the two truths must be reconcilable, and it must be of importance to each of us that they should be reconciled…​Only so can we come to a better understanding of life, to answer even the all-important question: “What is man that thou art mindful of him, and the son of man that thou visitest him?” [Why are humans fallible and not sound like Christ, which is the issue of the human condition.] For to exclude that question from the study of evolution is indeed to play Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark…​There must be a complete answer; there must be coherence and sense in the universe; and, until we find it, our thinking is degenerated into disintegration, and our existence fragmented into a rubbish-heap of shreds and patches, with coherence, significance, and growth impossible, our compass-bearings lost, and civilization foundering’ (On Looking Beneath the Surface of Things oration, 1954; pub. in The Education of a Civilized Man, ed. M. Collins Persse, 1962, pp.68 & 74-75 of 223); and ‘The time is past for help which is only a Band-Aid. It is time for radical thinking and for a solution on the grand scale’ (Reflections for The Age, ed. J. Minchin & B. Porter, 1991, p.145 of 176); and ‘the future lies not with the predatory [selfish] and the immune [alienated] but with the sensitive [innocent/​sound] who live dangerously [defy the world of denial]. It should be the prime object of education…​to develop this sensitivity…​the truly sensitive mind is both susceptible and penetrating: it is open to new ideas, and it seeks truth at the bottom of the well’ (On Looking Beneath the Surface of Things, pub. in The Education of a Civilized Man, pp.63-64); and ‘There are two attributes of leadership…​to think independently and originally, and the instilling of the confidence and courage required from those who are going to take a line different from that of the majority’ (1960 GGS Speech Day address, pub. in The Education of a Civilized Man, p.98); and ‘This means, for every single man and woman here today, for every boy, however young, that he should here highly resolve that those whom we commemorate should not have died in vain. It means that each of us should regard our lives as pledged to the one paramount purpose of saving the world…​The alternative is death, not only of the soul but of the body also, and the sands of time are running out (1961 GGS Anzac Day address, pub. in The Education of a Civilized Man, pp.139-140); and quoting Lord Tennyson, ‘We are not now that strength which in old days moved Heaven and Earth…​but something ere the end, some work of noble note may yet be done’ (1950 GGS Speech Day address, pub. in Light Blue Down Under, Weston Bate, 1990, p.219 of 386).

Yes, as Sir James said, ‘There must be a complete answer’ and ‘until we find’ that ‘truth at the bottom of the well’ of understanding of the human condition ‘our existence [is] fragmented into a rubbish-heap’so ‘The time is past for help which is only a Band-Aid. It is time for radical thinking and for a solution on the grand scale.’ And that ‘paramount purpose of saving the world’ that Sir James set his students to accomplish has been achieved with the publication of FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition!

 

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Watch Jeremy Griffith present the breakthrough redeeming explanation of the human condition in Video/​F. Essay 3, or read chapter 1 of FREEDOM.

 

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  • Frank B on February 10, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    A very touching post considering what she faced during those times. To even here those words come from her amidst all that horror and indifference underlines the beauty of our innate nature to calm us even in the most horrific of times. What a Child Wonder she was!
    The last paragraph is fantastic!
    Oh love the picture too, who didn’t love wizzy dizzies!

  • nomad on February 17, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    There has been so much pain and terror and confusion in the world it is almost unthinkable. This is a very sobering yet ultimately hopeful email.

  • Dennis on February 26, 2017 at 8:48 am

    very encouraging words worthy of emulation. we have to pay much attention to our goodness rather than the opposite and extreme side of us.

  • Debra on March 17, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Thank you what an incredible insitful read Gives human kind the direction in which to transform our consciousness you have planted a wonderful seed in which to grow the tree of life congratulations the world will be for ever grateful For the wheels of change you have put in motion

  • Rod on April 8, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    “Mans Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl is a worthwhile read also

  • Mary on April 22, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Ann Frank was a person out of time to her generation however I am not familiar with Mr Griffin but I feel this is not new.We all have experienced the good and the bad in people and what keeps us going is the belief and experience of the good which far outweighs the good.

    • Parsimony on April 22, 2017 at 8:46 am

      I think Mary, that what is new, is that Mr Griffith supplies a scientific explanation for why humans are fundamentally good, despite appearing at times to be terrible. That is his wonderful contribution to what some people, such as yourself, and Ms Frank, intuitively knew and held to, despite everything the world did to rob you of that belief. Mr Griffith has supplied a rational understanding to underpin that belief. What he has achieved is not to be underestimated.

  • Ray Russell on August 4, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    I have since birth seen the good in all people
    Though during the growing years it was
    Not easy to hold that concept.
    So I became cynical, which did not sit comfortably, but I kind of nurtured it
    Only now at 68 earth years when cynicism
    Calls I return to the knowledge that we are
    All separate universes in our own right, just
    Coming across in our own way
    Love to you all ray

  • Matt on August 9, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Hang in there Ray. This stuff is the bridge between all those different universes. And Mary from my growing understanding, this is new in that it provides a biological explanation for why we are all good. Thats what they are saying is the breakthrough here. Scientific understanding to compliment what people like yourself and Ray (and Anne Frank) held on to in your hearts.

  • AlanT on August 19, 2017 at 9:27 am

    This is on point at a time when the ‘goodness’ or otherwise of all humans, and our capacity for racism and hatred is again under the microscope.
    As Nelson Mandela succinctly put it: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
    When Obama tweeted this recently, it became the most liked tweet in the history of Twitter. Whilst a superficial measure, it does indicate the innate knowingness we have of our ‘goodness’ and capacity for love, which Anne Frank held close to her heart, and which will flood the world when Grifffith’s explanation reaches the masses.

  • Anna on September 22, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Even though Anne was surrounded by evil and by the difficulties of having to be imprisoned with family and strangers, she could still see the hope and positivity of children.
    Her positivity and pain is something g that other children (and adults) now understand, which is why her story has endured.

  • Stuart Wakefield on October 20, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Hope and faith will not change anything, we need to BE-COME more than we are. Action takes effort and to make changes in ourselves take real work, not wishful feelings. We only have so much energy every day and anxiety gives rise to our most pernicious negative emotions that deplete our energy. We must work to stop the leaks that make us weak. To become aware of our negative personality is needed, stop wasting energy on worthless activities, Consciousness needs to rise in the great mass of mankind before change.
    Stuart Wakefield

  • Roger on October 21, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I also agree that hope and faith wont change anything but I understand that the author is saying Anne Frank is an example of the hope and faith humans have held onto while we search for the biological understanding we needed to explain and end our divisive condition – have a look at the essay #3.
    The following quote comes to mind from essay #15: “We humans are conscious beings and what consciousness needs is understanding, and now we have it. Ultimately, we humans respond to knowledge – anything less was bound to be ineffective. This is the real and lasting transformation that the human race has lived in hope, faith and trust would one day occur. It is the revolution of our mind”

  • Joy on October 21, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Anne Frank’s life stands as one of the most inspiring ever lived and it does starkly confront us with the opposing human forces of good and evil – a dilemma I thought could never be resolved until I read Jeremy Griffith’s book ‘FREEDOM’. This book is truly astonishing in its ability to explain human experience and behaviour. It transforms the way you think about pretty much everything. You can download it for free on this website so get into it – it won’t disappoint

  • Rosalinda on October 29, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Thank you. I so much needed to hear this. I am reading Carl Rogers, again, and he basically says the same. Sometimes seeing so much injustice, competitiveness, and misery, makes waiver in our beliefs. We need to keep affirming on the innate goodness of people, as your article says.
    Thank you.

  • Scott William Butler on November 3, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    I have thought on this subject most of my life and keep waiting for the world to wake up but I have noticed that the more market driven we become as a species the more we put a price tag on everything including people
    Land and resources this in addition to a restricted schooling system has made humanity less inclined to solve this subject and more driven to competition without regard to intelligent planing on how they eventually effect the world around them .
    This in affect is leading us down a road that is making it harder for individual or groups of individuals to create change We are blinding our selfs with short term obsessions and addictions and have been made so complacent we are almost immune to the hardships around us basically we are being flooded by images and information that is removing our empathy towards everything so unless it effects us personally we don’t feel a thing we don’t no a thing
    In conclusion : unless this environment isn’t changed we won’t change as a species
    We will continue to find ways to destroy the competition not matter who or what it is

  • Susy on November 4, 2017 at 10:59 am

    The only way to change our environment, and our complacency towards it, is to bring understanding to the source of the problem, our human condition. This FAQ I recently read is worth reading, or re-reading, as it explains why solving the human condition solves everything.
    https://www.humancondition.com/wtm-faq-why-does-understanding-solve-everything/

  • melody Donovan on November 10, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Wonderful email because it takes us straight to our core heart, which I call spirit. The depth of truth that lies in us all and which to some had the smallest of voices, a whispering that says, we are all happy children at our core and all we want to do is play happily and be free.
    Today there is too much fear in man and we succumb to our mind scaring us and edging us on and its like falling into an abyss to listen to our mind and that of so many others out there who promote heartache and doom and gloom.
    The other day I asked my priest what the Apostle in our church org says about the craziness going on in SA and he said, “sister there are great things ahead for us all and this will pass.” I stood in agreement with that too and his words suddenly made me feel that I was part and parcel of a great family. A spiritual merging with others who had no fear, did not look to fear but who saw the beauty in everything around us.

  • Alexander on November 24, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Altimitly we as intelllegent life forms will only suffer so much before we realize that it is our ways ( negetive thinking lack of beleif that we are loved, our sins we comit that are hurting our selves) We will right our
    Thinking & our ways to go live a good life Together Loveing Working & hopeing for the greater good of the spieces. I have hope in our hearts we as a species willl prevail and choose a purer lifestyle. Happy Together coexisting peacefully.

  • Pamela on November 26, 2017 at 6:23 am

    GRATITUDE
    : )

    PAM

  • Jil Bartley on December 3, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Thank you ……..very inspiring and true ……..even if sometimes I have doubts!! Kindest wishes to you all xx Jil

  • Alan Greenhalgh on December 9, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Religious institutions have been lying to us for centuries, compounding our belief that we are evil and destroying our ability to own our shadow and accept our fundamental goodness. Telling us constantly how bad we are is destructive and drives us deeper into Plato’s cave of denial. It reinforces our inability to see and accept that we can be free of the horrible depressing self image of humanity as a cancer on the planet once we undergo a desperately needed shift to the view that we are wondrous creatures who can and must live selflessly embracing our fellow humans with a blanket of unconditional love and forgiveness.

  • Linda on December 12, 2017 at 3:42 am

    Anne’s Frank innocence was speaking.

    What you are saying is what the Jehovah’s witness been preaching. The truth.

  • Danny hamilton on December 22, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Read Anne frank, have been deeply disturbed by human nature for many years too long,the negativity of humanity has lead me down dark roads,but as a child(adult)!of the sixties I am a fundermental believer in goodness,creativity,the hope of nelson Mandela,and a sense of Christianity and Buddhism!i search along the journey of life for a guiding star!!

  • Fay on March 16, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    So grateful to know that we can rise above the mortal “misinterpretation” of Life and approximate or be restored to our Original Divine Design. Quantum physics is good at explaining this. Matter has no reality in actual fact, it is merely the un-evolved human/mortal mind’s misinterpretation of reality. Once we challenge what the 5 physical senses report due to the ‘human conditioning’, we can then begin to interpret from Truth, rather than thru the filter of the mortal viewpoint/condition. This I am sure is what Jesus Christ was referring to when he said: John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Thank you for making these essays available.

  • Joan on March 17, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Thought you might like this …..

    When you call yourself an Indian, or a Muslim, or a Christian, or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent?
    Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition; it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind

    J. Krishnamurti

    • Luis Claudio Souza on April 27, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      Hi Joan,
      Unfortunatelly, only a few have the real knowledge and comprehensive understanding of this matter, labels separates people and every other factor that you mentioned by lack of this understanding. Wen i look at someone in the streets, i see a human being but i certainly cannot assure that this person feel the same in the other way.
      Many times, belonging to something is what drives people, give them direction and if they are not clarified enough, they will fight for it, in a violent way if necessary.
      All living things are competitive by nature and competition brings evolution.
      Knowledge and education are the best ways to achieve peace.

      • Tommy on April 28, 2018 at 3:55 pm

        It is well worth reading essay 8, where the founder of the WTM Centre in Zambia, Franklin Mukakanga says, ‘this understanding of the human condition will end all prejudices, like racism, forever.’ I couldn’t agree more with that. What we need to end prejudice and racism and violence and loneliness and general human suffering forever is understanding of the human condition — understanding of our species’ capacity for ‘good and evil’ — and that is what the WTM is presenting. This is a breakthrough of incredible importance. True peace and harmony can only come through this self-understanding. Franklin says it beautifully at the end of essay 8, ‘It is so exciting to think about what the world is going to be like when this understanding becomes widely known and understood because it is going to bring about a world that is harmonious, healed and transformed, which is the glorious home our species deserves at the end of its journey to self-understanding.’ I also think it is important to note the WTM makes clear that we haven’t been behaving like instinctive-led animals while we’ve been suffering from the human condition, it is a psychological condition, and it is addressed in essay 2, ‘The false ‘savage instincts’ excuse’.

  • georges thiebaut on April 24, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Om mani padme hum

  • Béatrice Cofield on April 26, 2018 at 5:29 am

    Anne Frank’s belief in human goodness remains a guiding light.Yes, it throws on mankind another perspective to understand, appreciate the pain, courage required to be conscious of one’s ineluctable, duality.

  • Yovn Paynd on April 27, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Very right, it’s the compassion of moral obligations based on fundamental issues. Our spiritually and integrity will be the tools to achieve

  • Alexandru-Vasile Salamon-Stoica on May 18, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    The freedom is an individual inborn of ethisc right and nobody has right to violate as you self against how in life do against your self and another .

  • Dan Cooper on June 24, 2018 at 5:05 am

    The story of Anne Frank is beyond understanding who she was and how she managed to be secure when all about her was in chaos
    Will we truly fully understand
    Despite her unimaginable pain of experiencing the loss of your loved ones and being trying with all you have in you to find happiness that is a human condition that the lord is so desperate in trying to communicate very soul of our being it really is simpler than we all think we have difficulties with balancing our lives
    Dan Cooper

  • Paula Sanford on July 1, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you for info .I love Anne Frank so innocent and inspiring !

  • [ x ] on August 19, 2018 at 1:12 am

    whell we are all thinking about freedom, but my question is: what actions are connected and or related to freedom ? what will humans do for themsekf or eachother when we are free, considering the fact that most people are total strangers towards one another, and maybe with the rule that everybody wants to be themself and do as he or she pleases on a limited amount of space, and… . action.

  • [ x ] on August 19, 2018 at 1:25 am

    this ‘total freedom’ and given to a living creature like a human, how far away is it from anarchy, chaos, and noncontrollable dissorder if we lack the means of tolerating eachother, and how will nature, the enviroment will react when humans wilk ve turned loose on them, look at the history chapters and i hope this new evolved mentality will give us a freedom wich all living creatures can enjoy with no exception. if we loose the social behaviour we have now, will freedom brings us enlightment or savages ? how far away is human behaviour evolved from the lawless beasts we once were. drifting with no artificial means on the grasland of the earth ? can we finally tolerate eachother and other living beings, because when we can not do so. the freedom of one becomes a jail to the other. ( you know, snakes, tigers, bears, humans, insects, food sharing, and everyday hunger, the need fir shelter we can not seem to share) freedom lies, if you consider it that way, in sharing and moderation, also limiting the world population and use of resources and limit the use of space to live in so other living creatures can use it as a teratori, when i look at the world map, those places are harder to fibd on eartg then in romanric phantasies.

  • it is i on August 19, 2018 at 1:35 am

    maybe strict ethical bounderies will give us the responsabillaty to enjoy ultimate freedom. maybe we must find freedom in our limitations instead of doing anything we want.

  • it is i on August 19, 2018 at 1:40 am

    or we do anything we want all the time like we are made to do so, and see where that will brings us. no limits no rules no laws. just the essence of humanity🤗weither we like it or not. no guilt. no punishment. no rewards. just us, with no control. as it was ment to be.

    • PaulM on August 21, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      The subject matter of this essay, and indeed one of the fundamental premises of Griffith’s work, is that humans’ primary instinctive orientation is loving, not savage. He is suggesting that savage human behavior is the product of a psychosis, and that once that psychosis is resolved, which is the freedom from the human condition that he refers to, humanity will revert to a peaceful, loving state. Statements that freedom will bring anarchy etc are ignoring Griffith’s premise that humans have altruistic instincts, not savage ones. Many of the essays deal with this topic, but I particularly recommend 4 and 14.

  • PaulM on August 21, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    I will limit my comments to Anne Frank and Olive Schriener’s comments, and suggest that both these remarkable women recognized that human barbarism was but a veneer, and that the deeper truth is that human nature is loving, but runs the risk of being perverted and morphing into cruelty. These exculpatory comments from the humanities echo Griffith’s biological defense.

  • Gerald Jagla on March 22, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    If we want peace each person must decide to live in peace with each other of their own free will regardless of nationality ,race,colour ,creed ,the decision can only be made by each individual person it must be their decision to make it their way of life and to make peace their way of life for the rest of their life only then will we have peace on earth

  • GoldenRuler on June 5, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    What a wonderfully full and complete articulation of the amazing opportunity we now have to free ourselves from our generational psychological human condition, with a litany of quotes from great human thinkers across time that have all pointed us powerfully to this one idea that changes everything. The voices have been sounded loudly and are captured so fully in this essay. Thank you Jeremy Griffith for making sure they are captured and re-stated like the beating of a great global drum of transformation wisdom, so we all can become accustomed to this brilliant light of truth about who and what we really are! I love receiving my emails from the WTM with these amazing essays and I listen to Tim Snape’s wonderful reading as I read along – what a phenomenal gift this is to humanity and the story of life on Earth!!!

    This leaning in to understand and embrace our dark side is so critical and represents the sea change required and is wonderfully in process and fully underway now! I love all the many quotes listed here including this one from Sir James Darling, ‘The time is past for help which is only a Band-Aid. It is time for radical thinking and for a solution on the grand scale’ .

    Yes, its is time for a grand scale sea change. And, it is time for us to ask, each one of us of ourselves to question in our hearts, quoting Jeremy, “Why are humans fallible and not sound like Christ, which is the issue of the human condition.” And, at the other end of this question that Jeremy calls us to ask in our own individual hearts and minds, is the one idea that changes everything! As Carl Jung said (one of the amazing list of quotes in this powerful essay), “We really know nothing about the nature of man, and unless we hurry to get to know ourselves we are in dangerous trouble’. But, we know now!!! Its just a matter of time for more and more to lean in for themselves to examine for themselves this now-found understanding, and (quoting Richard Neville) win the “race between our self-destruction and our self-discovery”!

    What a most wondrous gift!!!!!

  • dante kun on July 10, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Awesome Essay. I work in the addiction field so I know change is possible in even the most dire circumstances. Thank you for helping me remember that.

  • Johan fourie on November 1, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    We find ourselves in a world with many sick prople . From the wealthiest to the poorest. Once they understand “the human condition “ things will change. We who have read it are enlightened and walk with a torch of joy, honesty and compassion. I feel there is a need to have a worldwide database of “converted “ humans who aspire to communicate in all spheres of life their wisdom and honesty

  • Assia Ninio on January 22, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Wonderful! Thank you Jeremy!

  • Hameed on February 5, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    From the beginning to the end of this 10-page essay is a wealth of information that needs to be read and re-read for full understanding and assimilation. Most of the essays I receive via my email, where, generally more than five pages were usually read in part and saved for future reading of the other part, but I was captivated by this essay that I read it through completely. I have saved it and hope to read it again and again. It is very inspiring and elucidating.
    I would suggest that essays should be limited to a maximum of 10 pages, to encourage reading at a sitting. I have never completely read more than five pages of the past essays. (I tend to loose concentration after that).
    This essay is not only informative, but interesting and gripping.
    Well done.

  • Joao Pedro J A Correia on July 10, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Veeeeeeery interesting approaches ( over the times…) to the most important matter EVER ” Human Condition”
    Thank you Jeremy Griffith for your incredible work and to all people around you.
    There are an International Public Movement called ALLATRA, and that they are doing an immense work in this same field in order to bring all world together with only one simple Goal, Peace Harmony and Love.
    Mutual development starting from the individual choice of creating a Constructive and Creative Society.
    Jeremy, thanks to your hard work of bringing this “HUMAN CONDITION” to light, must should not be in vain and let’s gather efforts to Make it Happen delivering to the Humankind the simple LOVED existence that we All deserve…

    That you so much

    • Susan on July 11, 2020 at 9:48 am

      Thank you for your interest and support Joao. While I only have a cursory understanding of ALLATRA’s work, what I do know is to bring peace and love back to our planet we had to understand why we lost it in the first place. As you say the human condition is the most important matter ever, and it’s bringing understanding to that underlying issue, our capacity for both good/loving/peaceful behaviour and evil/unloving/aggressive behaviour, that really has to be addressed and fixed if we are to solve the world’s problems. Solving the human condition required finding the clarifying difference between the way the intellect and instincts work which is the great breakthrough that Jeremy Griffith has found and is presented in part 1 of THE Interview (also see Video/ Freedom Essay 4 for other thinkers who have recognised the instinct and intellect elements involved in creating the human condition). The significance of the explanation of the human condition takes some time to absorb, but the more you do absorb it, the more you realise just how all-redeeming, all-reconciling and all-liberating it is.