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This is explanatory Freedom Essay 53
Why there have been ferocious attacks on the WTM
Bringing understanding to the human condition produces the most wonderful paradigm shift for the human race where humans are transformed from a state of profound insecurity about their worth and meaning to a state of secure understanding of themselves. However, having lived in fearful denial of our seemingly highly imperfect, ‘good and evil’ afflicted human condition, the arrival of liberating understanding of it cannot be anything other than an immense shock. Since, as playwright George Bernard Shaw observed, ‘All great truths begin as blasphemies’ (Annajanska, 1919), it is inevitable that the arrival of understanding of this most repressed of all subjects will initially be seen as the ultimate blasphemy and as a result meet extreme resistance; indeed, outright hostility. What follows is a description of the extreme resistance the World Transformation Movement has met in disseminating this all-important, human-race-liberating understanding of the human condition, and how that resistance was overcome.
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In the first instance, having such a grandiose title and objective as the World Transformation Movement, it is inevitable that some people will initially be totally incredulous, so much so some people have even cynically dismissed the organisation as some sort of outrageously deluded cult. The truth, however, is that the World Transformation Movement (WTM) is the complete antithesis of a cult.
Cults are basically where people give up trying to make sense of reality and its dilemmas and instead defer to some person or belief system in which they invest their trust; whereas the WTM is concerned with making sense of the dilemmas of life. The escapism, abdication and subjugation of our conscious thinking self that characterises cult practices is the complete opposite of what the work at the WTM is concerned with, namely bringing reconciling, healing and transforming understanding to that ultimate dilemma of life of our ‘good’ and ‘evil’ conflicted human condition.
The WTM is all about being mindful not mindless. De-braining ourselves was never going to work — ultimately what we conscious thinking humans wanted was brain food not brain anaesthetic. We wanted answers for our minds, not some brain-dead, let’s-everyone-just-behave-in-an-ideal-‘correct’-way, pseudo idealistic dogma, or some other mindless doctrine, to live by, and it is precisely that ultimate gift for humans of the relieving and peace-bringing understanding of our deeply psychologically troubled human condition that the work of the WTM is concerned with providing.
And so it is science that the WTM is concerned with, not faith or mysticism or superstition or dogma. ‘Science’ literally means ‘knowledge’ (derived as it is from the Latin word scientia which means ‘knowledge’) and knowledge is the opposite of faith, mysticism, superstition and dogma. As Socrates famously said, ‘the only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance’ (Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers, c.225 AD), and, ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’ (Plato’s dialogue Apology, c.380 BC; tr. B. Jowett, 1871, 38). Yes, what did the ancients have emblazoned across their temples: ‘Man, know thyself.’ Precisely! — the work of the WTM is about empowering people with self-knowledge, the very opposite of wanting people to de-power themselves by subordinating themselves to someone else, or to some mindless doctrine or other. It’s about being mind-liberated, not mind-controlled.
The truth is the WTM is the least cult like organisation in existence. The most mind-controlled, cult-like state of all is the resigned state that virtually all adult humans are living in (see F. Essay 41) where they practice determined, mind-controlled denial of the issue of the human condition. The next most mind-controlled, cult like state that humans are practicing in great numbers is the left-wing political attitude of living by the Marxist doctrine of obeying pseudo idealistic, ‘politically correct’ dogma. Again, dogma is the opposite of understanding. We needed reconciling, healing and transforming understanding of our psychologically upset and distressed human condition, not mindless, answerless, straight-jacketing discipline of that upset state! We humans needed to be able to think our way to sanity, not abandon thinking and just behave like brain-dead robots. (See F. Essay 29 for a description of the extreme danger of pseudo idealism.)
Any fair scrutiny of Jeremy Griffith’s human-condition-confronting-not-avoiding scientific treatise, and of the WTM’s support of it, will quickly reveal the profound, first-principle-based, knowledge-focused, biological nature of the analysis — and of the integrity of the WTM and of the people supporting it. And, unlike what happens in cults, there is no focus anywhere on Jeremy Griffith, only on the biological explanations of the human condition. Furthermore, the WTM is a registered not-for-profit charity, so there is no focus on making money from people as cults typically do. The WTM is funded through donations. All our materials, including books and videos, are made available for free, and membership is only $1. The truth is the WTM is a bold, strong, healthy, thoughtful, dogma-free, responsible, transparent, sound and selfless organisation, the absolute opposite of a cult-like organisation. All we in the WTM are guilty of is daring to think, and think about the most important subject facing the human race of the human condition — as the renowned Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson has written, ‘The human condition is the most important frontier of the natural sciences’ (Consilience, 1998, p.298 of 374).
What now needs to be explained is that while the WTM’s grandiose title and objectives has lead some people to initially cynically dismiss it as a cult (and you can read about why the WTM doesn't ‘water-down’ its claims in F. Essay 54), there are others who after studying this extremely well argued, evidenced and accredited scientific analysis of the human condition, make the same accusation, but in a far more malicious and sinister way. This can occur because the subject of the human condition that Jeremy Griffith is addressing can be unbearably confronting and this can lead some people to become ferociously angry and vindictive and resort to the most extreme denigration they can invent, by claiming that Jeremy Griffith’s books contain nothing but meaningless rubbish and that those who are supporting it are just mind-controlled followers of a dangerously deluded megalomaniac cult leader!
But how could Jeremy Griffith be sound enough to address, talk about and look into the most psychologically challenging of all subjects of the human condition, as he does page after page in his writings, and at the same time be so unsound as to be a dangerously deluded megalomaniac charlatan? To quote Christ, ‘A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit’ (Matt. 7:18).
When, in a similar quote to the one from him included above, biologist E.O. Wilson said, ‘There is no grail more elusive or precious in the life of the mind than the key to understanding the human condition’ (The Social Conquest of Earth, 2012, p.1), he was recognising how absolutely important finding understanding of the human condition is — but again, the problem is that while the reconciling, healing and transforming ‘understanding the human condition’ is the holy ‘grail’ of science, it is also the most confronting and thus contentious of subjects because it deals with the underlying subjective dimension to life of the issue of ‘self’, which has been an unbearable subject for many people.
Long ago now the great philosopher Plato warned specifically about what would happen when, as he described it, ‘the enlightenment…of our human condition’ eventually emerged. Having lived in fearful denial of the confronting subject of the human condition — or, as Plato described it, having had to ‘take refuge’ ‘a long way underground’ in a dark ‘cave’ to escape the confronting ‘painful’ ‘light’ that would make ‘visible’ ‘the imperfections of human life’ — Plato said that when someone tries to liberate everyone from that ‘cave’ of protective but deadening darkness that many ‘would much object, and when he [the cave prisoner/we] emerged into the light his [our] eyes would be so overwhelmed by the brightness of it that he [we] wouldn’t be able to see a single one of the things he was [we were] now told were real. Certainly not at first [Plato was here warning of the extreme difficulty many people experience when they first start trying to read about the confronting subject of the human condition; initially they can’t take in or ‘hear’ what’s being said and it can all seem a bit like impenetrable garble — see F. Essay 15]’. Plato then went further and warned that some of the cave prisoners ‘would say that his [the person who attempts to bring understanding to the human condition] visit to the upper world had ruined his sight [they would treat him as mad], and that the ascent [out of the cave] was not worth even attempting. And if anyone tried to release them and lead them up, they would kill him if they could lay hands on him’! (The Republic, c.360 BC; tr. H.D.P. Lee, 1955, or see the relevant section with quotes highlighted at www.wtmsources.com/227). Yes, as the great psychoanalyst R.D. Laing said, the ‘desperately urgently required project for our time — [is] to explore the inner space and time of consciousness…[yet] We are so out of touch with this realm [living in such fearful denial of the issue of the human condition] that many people can now argue seriously that it does not exist. It is very small wonder that it is perilous indeed to explore such a lost realm’! (The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradise, 1967, p.105 of 156; also, see more of this quote from Laing in F. Essay 30).
We live in civilised times, but the point is clear; the temptation to ferociously vilify and maliciously misrepresent Jeremy Griffith’s carefully considered, argued, evidenced and authoritatively supported scientific analysis of the human condition produces a crisis point in the human journey where extreme prejudice and persecution threatens to shut down crucial enquiry and progress — a crisis that clearly has to be resisted — because, as the philosopher John Stuart Mill wrote in his famous 1859 essay On Liberty, ‘the dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution, is one of those pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into commonplaces, but which all experience refutes. History teems with instances of truth put down by persecution. If not suppressed for ever, it may be thrown back for centuries’ (ch.2).
And such extreme prejudice and persecution — Plato’s predicted no-holds-barred, ‘kill him’ attack on someone who attempts to bring ‘enlightenment’ to ‘our human condition’ — has been vigorously resisted, and in the civilised way our society prescribes, namely through the law courts in what was then the biggest defamation case in Australia’s history.
When the absurd cult accusation was first aired in the media in 1995, the World Transformation Movement (then called the Foundation for Humanity’s Adulthood) and its founding directors Jeremy Griffith and Tim Macartney-Snape successfully sued the publishers for defamation. The most revealing part of the final 2010 judgment, in terms of what Plato predicted, was the following, in which the NSW Court of Appeal, led by his Honour Justice Hodgson, unanimously overturned an earlier lower Court finding about Jeremy Griffith’s work on the basis that it did ‘not adequately consider’ ‘the nature and scale of its subject matter’ or that ‘aspects of Mr Griffith’s work are apt to make those who do take the trouble to grapple with it uncomfortable. It involves reflections upon subject-matter including the purpose of human existence which may, of its nature, cause an adverse reaction as it touches upon issues which some would regard as threatening to their ideals, values or even world views’.
Yes, ‘reflections upon’ the human condition can be extremely ‘threatening’ for some people, but that doesn’t justify malicious misrepresentation and persecution of a rigorously argued and evidenced scientific analysis of that most ‘precious in the life of the mind’ holy ‘grail’ of science of ‘understanding the human condition’!
It should be mentioned that Justice David Hodgson, who wrote the unanimous Court of Appeal decision referred to above, was a Rhodes Scholar, the author of a number of books on the study of consciousness and widely regarded as one of the greatest judicial minds of his generation. In his September 2012 obituary in The Sydney Morning Herald, Justice Hodgson was described ‘from an early age’ as having ‘been fascinated by what went on inside the head that gave rise to conscious experience’, and that he was said to be blessed with ‘flawless logic’ and to ‘fit the description of Plato’s “philosopher king”’ (www.smh.com.au/comment/obituaries/judge-blessed-with-flawlesslogic-20120903-25aa1.html).
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For further reading about the outrageous, reverse-of-the-truth lie that the WTM is a cult, and our successful vindication in the courts, see the section on our website. Another relevant WTM essay is . Chapters of FREEDOM about the arrival of truth day or exposure day or ‘Judgment Day’, and about the more upset having to support rather than study understanding of the human condition when it arrives are also particularly relevant presentations.
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These essays were composed during 2017 by Jeremy Griffith, Damon Isherwood,
Fiona Cullen-Ward & Brony FitzGerald at the Sydney WTM Centre.