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This is Freedom Essay 20

 

The genius of Transform Your Life

 

The particular genius of the short introductory booklet Transform Your Life And Save The World is its use of a series of propositions that, step-by-persuasive step, demonstrate how astronomically guilt-ridden the human race has to be after we became conscious and the resulting upset anger, egocentricity and alienation in us destroyed the paradise of our species’ original instinctive cooperative and loving soul’s worldand therefore, in the absence of understanding, how absolutely necessary it was that we contrived the patently false ‘savage instincts’ excuse for our divisive condition.

 

Cover of book ‘Transform Your Life And Save The World’ 2nd Edition, by Jeremy Griffith

Comprising the speech Jeremy Griffith gave at the launch of his book
FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition at the Royal Geographical
Society in London in 2016, Transform Your Life And Save The World
is the recommended introduction to FREEDOM.

 

The series of propositions in Part 1 of this amazing booklet, that reveal our astronomical guilt and resulting desperate need to contrive an excuse for our competitive and aggressive condition, are as follows:

 

  • The first proposition is to imagine that our distant ancestors did live in a cooperative, selfless and loving state.

 

  • Then to imagine that becoming conscious did lead to us becoming competitive, selfish and aggressive.

 

  • We should then be easily able to imagine that, having destroyed the paradise of our original all-loving existence, we (our conscious thinking self) would suffer from an astronomical sense of guilt.

 

  • And from there we should be able to easily imagine that, in the absence of understanding of why we had destroyed paradise, we would be desperate to contrive some excuse for our competitive and aggressive behaviour.

 

The genius of this series of imaginings is that it provides a way for us to realise just how guilt-ridden we conscious humans might in fact be, and from there finally be able to see what has been driving our behaviour. It gives us a chance to bypass our defensive denials, that were explained in Video/​F. Essay 11, just long enough to see what might actually be behind the upset state of our human condition.

Suddenly we have the opportunity to see how desperate we have actually been to contrive an excuse for our divisive behaviour, and realise just how dishonest the ‘savage instincts’ excuse that we came up with actually is, and from there be able to appreciate and admit how truthful and precious the real ‘instinct v intellect’ explanation for our psychologically upset state is.

All we are asked to do is imagine certain events occurred; we are not being asked to accept that they occurred, the condemning implications of which could be too much to tolerateour fear would block our access to the bigger picture and all the insight and relief on offer there. If all we have to do is just imagine certain events then that should not be an impossible undertaking, thus providing a path to real insight into our condition. And from there we should be able to recognise and appreciate the dishonesty of the biological excuse that our behaviour is no different to that seen in the animal kingdom; that we humans behave the way we do because we are victims 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.

We should be able to appreciate and accept what was pointed out in Video/​F. Essay 14, which is that the ‘savage instincts’ excuse cannot be the real cause of our competitive and divisive behaviour because firstly, as is explained in detail in F. Essay 21, we humans do have cooperative, selfless and loving moral instincts (the voice or expression of which within us is our conscience); and secondly, descriptions of human behaviour, such as egocentric, arrogant, inspired, cynical, depressed, deluded, etc, all recognise the involvement of our species’ unique fully conscious thinking mindthat there is a psychological dimension to our behaviour. Humans have suffered not from the genetic-opportunism-based, non-psychological animal condition, but the conscious-mind-based, PSYCHOLOGICALLY troubled HUMAN CONDITION.

 

Rams head butting does not equal boxers fighting

 

Hyenas feeding does not equal stock brokers haggling

 

Peacock display of colorful feathers does not equal woman applying makeup

 

So saying our behaviour results from having competitive, selfish and aggressive, must-reproduce-your-genes instincts like other animals simply does not stack up, it is not true; it’s just an excuse. But again, being able to see how astronomically guilt-ridden we conscious humans have been, we can appreciate that, in the absence of understanding, how fervently we have embraced that patently dishonest excuse.

 

Guilt ridden man with caption

 

With this overview in mind, what follows is a more detailed description of the sequence of propositions in Transform Your Life that reveal how horrifically guilt-ridden humans have been about our so-called ‘fall from grace’, and therefore how desperately in need of an excuse (no matter how ridiculous) we conscious humans have beenwhich should allow us to appreciate the human-race-transforming-and-saving real explanation of the human condition, which is presented in Video/​F. Essay 3.

 

The Propositions

 

To start, let’s just imagine that it is true that our distant ancestors did live cooperatively and lovingly, the instinctive memory of which is our consciencein other words, we are imagining that Charles Darwin was right when he said that ‘The moral sense perhaps affords the best and highest distinction between man and the lower animals.’ (par. 375 of FREEDOM)

 

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Following that first step, imagine then that Plato, that greatest of all philosophers, was right when, long ago in 360 BC, he wrote of ‘our state of innocence, before we had any experience of evils to come, when we were…​simple and calm and happy…​pure ourselves and not yet enshrined in that living tomb which we carry about, now that we are imprisoned’, a time when we lived a ‘blessed and spontaneous life…​[where] neither was there any violence, or devouring of one another [no sex as humans practice it now], or war or quarrel among them…​And they dwelt naked, and mostly in the open air…​and they had no beds, but lay on soft couches of grass’. (pars 158 & 170 of FREEDOM)

Similarly, let’s imagine that Plato’s Greek compatriot Hesiod was also right when, some 400 years before Plato, in his poem Works and Days he described our species’ cooperative and loving past: ‘When gods alike and mortals rose to birth / A golden race the immortals formed on earth…​Like gods they lived, with calm untroubled mind / Free from the toils and anguish of our kind…​Strangers to ill, their lives in feasts flowed by…​They with abundant goods ’midst quiet lands / All willing shared the gathering of their hands.’ (par. 180 of FREEDOM)

 

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And let’s then imagine that our mythologies and religions were also right; that, as the author Richard Heinberg summarised, Every religion begins with the recognition that human consciousness has been separated from the divine Source, that a former sense of oneness…​has been lost…​everywhere in religion and myth there is an acknowledgment that we have departed from an original…​innocence and can return to it only through the resolution of some profound inner discord…​the cause of the Fall is described variously as disobedience, as the eating of a forbidden fruit [from the tree of knowledge], and as spiritual amnesia [forgetting, blocking out, alienation/​psychosis].’ (par. 181 of FREEDOM) (Note, you can read many wonderful descriptions of this time of ‘innocence’ in our species’ past that Heinberg is talking aboutlike Plato’s and Hesiod’s descriptions abovein F. Essay 53.)

 

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And that the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau was right when he said about even some humans living today that ‘nothing is more gentle than man in his primitive state’ (par. 181)and that the anthropologist C. Owen Lovejoy was correct in his summary of the evidence that anthropology has now revealed, which is that ‘our species-defining cooperative mutualism can now be seen to extend well beyond the deepest Pliocene [well beyond 5.3 million years ago]. (par. 183 of FREEDOM)

 

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From there, imagine that it is also true that primatological studies of bonobos (the variety of chimpanzee living south of the Congo river) reveal a great deal about how cooperative, selfless and loving our distant primate ancestors likely were. (The significance of bonobos is discussed further in F. Essay 21.)

To evidence this point, consider these astonishingly beautiful observations of bonobosfirstly, from filmmakers producing a documentary about them: ‘they’re surely the most fascinating animals on the planet. They’re the closest animals to man [in that they share 99 percent of our genetic make-up]. They’re the only animals capable of creating the same “gaze” as a human.’ And ‘Once I got hit on the head with a branch that had a bonobo on it. I sat down and the bonobo noticed I was in a difficult situation and came and took me by the hand and moved my hair back, like they do. So they live on compassion, and that’s really interesting to experience.’ (par. 418 of FREEDOM)

 

Kanzi, a 29-year-old bonobo

The bonobo Kanzi’s human-like gaze

 

As the bonobo keeper Barbara Bell also observed, ‘Adult bonobos demonstrate tremendous compassion for each other…​For example, Kitty, the eldest female, is completely blind and hard of hearing. Sometimes she gets lost and confused. They’ll just pick her up and take her to where she needs to go.’ And that ‘They’re extremely intelligent…​They understand a couple of hundred words…​It’s like being with 9 two and a half year olds all day’ and ‘They also love to tease me a lot…​Like during training, if I were to ask for their left foot, they’ll give me their right, and laugh and laugh and laugh.’ (par. 451 of FREEDOM)

Researchers have also reported that ‘bonobos historically have existed in a stable environment rich in sources of food…​and unlike chimpanzees have developed a more cohesive social structure’. For example, ‘up to 100 bonobos at a time from several groups spend their night together. That would not be possible with chimpanzees because there would be brutal fighting between rival groups.’ (par. 415 of FREEDOM)

 

A group of bonobos at the Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of Congo

Bonobo group

 

These observations are amazingly similaralmost identical, in factto how Plato described our distant ancestors long before bonobos were even known of in Europe, which was that they ‘dwelt naked, and mostly in the open air…​and they had no beds, but lay on soft couches of grass’. In Hesiod’s words, ‘They with abundant goods ’midst quiet lands / All willing shared the gathering of their hands.’

Bonobos’ unlimited capacity for love is also tangible in this truly amazing first-hand account from bonobo researcher Vanessa Woods: ‘Bonobo love is like a laser beam. They stop. They stare at you as though they have been waiting their whole lives for you to walk into their jungle. And then they love you with such helpless abandon that you love them back. You have to love them back.’ (par. 415 of FREEDOM)

And significantly, unlike other primate societies, bonobo society is matriarchal and focused on the nurturing of their infants, as this quote evidences: ‘Bonobo life is centered around the offspring. Unlike what happens among chimpanzees, all members of the bonobo social group help with infant care and share food with infants. If you are a bonobo infant, you can do no wrong…​Bonobo females and their infants form the core of the group.’ (par. 416 of FREEDOM)

 

Images of bonobos nurturing their infants

Bonobos nurturing their infants

 

All these descriptions (and there are many more in chapter 5 of FREEDOM) provide powerful insights into how amazingly cooperative, selfless and loving the bonobo, our closest living relative, is. In fact, the following picture shows just how similar our species are, comparing as it does the skeleton of our early australopithecine ancestor (who lived between 3.9 and 3 million years ago) with the skeleton of a bonobo (chs 8:2 and 8:3 of FREEDOM).

 

Fossil remains of early australopithecine (right side) match up remarkably well with the bones of a pygmy chimpanzee (left side)

Left side: Bonobo skeleton. Right side: Early australopithecine
(Drawing by Adrienne L. Zihlman from New Scientist, 1984)

 

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On the back of these primatological insights, imagine then that the American philosopher John Fiske was right when, in 1874 (only a few years after Darwin published his seminal work, Origins), he proposed that it was through the nurturing of our infants that our distant primate ancestors acquired cooperative, selfless and loving moral instincts (nurturing like that which the bonobos practise). As is explained in F. Essay 21 and chapter 5 of FREEDOM, the reason nurturing can create a cooperative moral sense is that while the trait for nurturing is a selfish trait, as genetic traits have to be to survive and carry on, it has the appearance of being selfless. While the mother is selfishly reproducing her genes by fostering her infant, from the infant’s perspective, it is being treated unconditionally selflesslythe mother is giving her offspring food, warmth, shelter, support and protection for apparently nothing in return. So it follows that if the infant can remain in infancy for an extended period and be treated with a lot of seemingly altruistic love, they will be indoctrinated with that selfless love and grow up to behave accordingly. Of course, being semi-upright from living in trees, and thus having their arms free to hold a dependent infant, primates are especially facilitated to develop this nurtured, loving, cooperative nature. So yes, imagine that it was entirely appropriate that Fiske’s nurturing theory for the origin of our moral nature was described at the time as being ‘far more important’ than ‘Darwin’s principle of natural selection’ and ‘one of the most beautiful contributions ever made to the Evolution of Man’. (par. 488 of FREEDOM)

 

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With all this in mind, imagine that it was the emergence of our conscious mind (which, as explained in F. Essay 24 and chapter 7 of FREEDOM, an environment of unconditional selflessness or love liberated the development of) that caused our species to depart from that original all-loving, all-sensitive, completely happy and cooperative idyllic statethat it was, as Heinberg wrote, ‘human consciousness’ that ‘separated’ us ‘from an original…​innocence’. And imagine therefore that Shakespeare was right when he acknowledged how seemingly destructive and stupid we marvellously conscious humans are, writing ‘What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty!…​In action how like an angel! In apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? [Brutal and barbaric] Man delights not me.’ And that the philosopher Blaise Pascal was similarly precise in his damning observation: ‘What a chimera then is man! What a novelty, what a monster, what a chaos, what a contradiction, what a prodigy! Judge of all things, imbecile worm of the earth, repository of truth, a sewer of uncertainty and error, the glory and the scum of the universe!’ (par. 49 of FREEDOM).

Shakespeare’s and Pascal’s denunciations of our conscious mind certainly leave no doubt as to their views on the difficulty of understanding the immense contradictions for us conscious humans of being so brilliantly clever yet behave in such a seemingly unclever brutal and destructive way that we appear to be complete idiots! So next imagine that science writer Roger Lewin was also right when, in commenting about how confronting and depressing the subject of consciousness is, he said that to ‘illuminate the phenomena of consciousness’ is ‘a tough challenge…​perhaps the toughest of all. And that philosopher René Descartes’ reaction when he too tried to ‘contemplate consciousness’that ‘So serious are the doubts into which I have been thrown…​that I can neither put them out of my mind nor see any way of resolving them. It feels as if I have fallen unexpectedly into a deep whirlpool [of utter depression]was completely understandable given what a destructive force consciousness has appeared to be. (par. 624 of FREEDOM)

Yes, when taking into account the cooperative, selfless and loving nature of our species’ instinctive past, how extremely ashamed of our conscious mind’s seeming destruction of that state must we be!

 

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At this point, Transform Your Life goes on to argue that if all these imaginings are right (and with our conscious mind now defended, yes DEFENDED, by the true explanation for our corrupted state, you should be able to admit that these imaginings are, in fact, all true), namely that our distant ape ancestor lived completely cooperatively, selflessly and lovingly and then we became fully conscious and, for a reason unbeknownst to ourselves, we began to behave competitively, selfishly and aggressively, then how absolutely terrible a predicament must that have been! Instead of being loving, cooperative and gentle, humans had developed a propensity for shocking deeds of violence, depravity, indifference and cruelty. For some reason we had turned into seemingly evil monsterssufferers of the conscious-mind-based human condition.

So it makes complete sense that the astronomical guilt associated with trying to think about and confront the truth of the horror of our corrupted or ‘fallen’ conscious-mind-induced human condition has been so great that we could only cope with it by not coping with it, by adopting all manner of dishonest denialbasically by blocking out all memory of our species’ cooperative, selfless and loving past and any thoughts about how corrupted we as a species had become since we gained a conscious, thinking mind. We didn’t want to admit our species once lived cooperatively, selflessly and lovingly, and we didn’t want to face the issue of the human condition. Plato’s famous description of ‘our human condition’ (and, yes, he used the term ‘human condition’) in which he depicted humans as having to ‘take refuge’ ‘a long way underground’ in a dark ‘cave’ because they couldn’t face the ‘painful’ ‘light’ of the truth of ‘the imperfections of human life’, is, in fact, a deadly accurate portrayal of this inability to cope with our species’ corrupted realityof how deeply resigned we humans have become to living in denial of the issue of the human condition. (Plato’s cave analogy is explained more fully in Video/​F. Essay 11.) Yes, trying to confront the issue of the human condition while we couldn’t properly explain it only led to the ‘deep whirlpool’ of utter depression Descartes described, so best not allow your mind to go anywhere near that line of thought!

 

 

People stuck in a dark cave of denial

 

But in the face of such pain and condemnation, denial alone wasn’t enough. What we desperately needed to come up with was an excuse for our corrupted condition that would relieve ourselves of the excoriating and suicidally depressing truth that our conscious mind had seemingly wrecked paradise.

And so it was at this point that we fervently embraced the aforementioned relieving excuse for our behaviour, namely that other animals are always fighting and competing and tearing each other’s throats out, and so ‘That’s why we’re competitive, selfish and aggressivewe too have savage animal instincts that compel us to compete for food, shelter, territory and a mate’. Despite knowing full well that we have a cooperative, selfless and loving moral instinctive nature that can only have been derived from a time when we lived cooperatively, selflessly and lovingly, and therefore that it is patently untrue that we have a savage competitive, selfish and aggressive ancestry, our fear of suicidal depression was so great that we gratefully and determinedly embraced the lie that our distant ancestors were brutish and aggressive. Our conversations are saturated with the ‘savage instincts’-based reason for our human-condition-afflicted behaviour, with comments like: ‘We are programmed by our genes to try to dominate others and be a winner in the battle of life’; and ‘Our preoccupation with sexual conquest is due to our primal instinct to sow our seeds’; and ‘Men behave abominably because their bodies are flooded with must-reproduce-their-genes-promoting testosterone’; and ‘We want a big house because we are innately territorial’; and ‘Fighting and war is just our animal nature expressing itself’; and ‘Religions are merely manifestations of our survival-driven group mentality’. And then there’s the most common comment of all, that ‘It’s just human nature to be selfish’. Further, we whole-heartedly embraced the idea that the task then of our uniquely conscious mind was to try to control these supposed brutal, savage instincts within us.

 

Collage of hyenas feeding, rams head butting, lion attacking buffalo

 

It was an absolutely brilliant excuse because instead of our instincts being all-loving and thus unbearably condemning of our present non-loving state, they were made out to be vicious and brutal; and, instead of our conscious mind being the cause of our corruption, which it actually was, it was made out to be the blameless mediating ‘hero’ that had to manage those supposed vicious instincts within us! Rather than our instincts being good and our conscious mind bad, our instincts were made out to be bad and our intellect to be good, which, while fabulously relieving, was in-effect a complete reverse of the truth lie!

While it’s fully understandable that we humans had to inventand then resign ourselves to believing inan excuse to cope with our diabolically corrupted, soul-devastated condition, the tragic outcome is that biology, and the human race that depends on its findings for clarifying understanding of our behaviour, is now festering in a cesspit of human-condition-avoiding, mechanistic, reductionist dishonest biological crap; it is living ‘deep underground’ in Plato’s metaphorical ‘cave’ of darkness.

In fact, if the redeeming and psychologically rehabilitating, teleological, non-mechanistic true explanation of the human condition hadn’t arrived to liberate humans from Plato’s ‘cave’ of terrible darkness from practising so much dishonest denial, the alienation or separation from our true self or soul, or psychosis, that results from that denial would only have continued to increase, so that very soon the human race would have succumbed to an absolutely horrific psychotic state of terminal alienation. (See F. Essay 55: Endgame for the human race.)

At this point in Part 1 of the booklet Transform Your Life, all the dishonest biological ‘explanations’ for human behaviour that developed from this basic lie that our ancestors were competitive and aggressive savages are summarised. This dishonest biology is also described at some length in Video/​F. Essay 14 & F. Essay 40, and is fully described in chapters 2:9–2:11 of FREEDOM.

What is also described in Video/​F. Essay 14 & F. Essay 40 is how embedded and extremely dangerous the ‘savage instincts’ excuse in biology has become, and therefore how precious the truthful, psychosis-acknowledging-and-solving explanation of the human condition iswhich is what Part 2 of Transform Your Life presents, before explaining in Part 3 how this true explanation of the human condition is able to end the upset state of the human condition and bring about the transformation of the human race.

 

Drawing of humans finally being able to escape Plato’s metaphorical cave of denial

 

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We highly recommend you read, and share with others, Transform Your Life And Save The WorldPart 1: The Dishonest Biology, Part 2: The Truthful Biology, and Part 3: The Resulting Transformation Of The Human Race. We also recommend F. Essay 53, or its condensation, F. Essay 4, for a description of how other thinkers throughout history have recognised that it was the clash between our instinct and intellect that produced the human condition. Also, as mentioned, F. Essay 53 has a collection of wonderful descriptions of our species’ past time in innocence.

 

Discussion or comment on this essay is welcomedsee below.

 

 

 

These essays were created in 2017-2019 by Jeremy Griffith, Damon Isherwood, Fiona
Cullen-Ward, Brony FitzGerald & Lee Jones of the Sydney WTM Centre. All filming and
editing of the videos was carried out by Sydney WTM members James Press & Tess Watson
during 2017-2019. Other members of the Sydney WTM Centre are responsible for the
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  • Conrad on July 5, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    It’s incredible when the whole psychological situation of the human race is summarised in this step-by-step format in “Transform Your Life”. I also found the hypothetical approach: “suppose we did have cooperative, loving instincts etc etc”, easy to follow as it kind of made it less personal somehow, which helped me to absorb what was being explained. And after that, being able to understand why we have necessarily lived in complete denial of the whole issue of the human condition, and also that we had no choice but to behave in a seemingly “bad” way just so we could discover enough knowledge to explain our behaviour – is all a real unlocking point and brings enormous compassion to our situation. So good!

  • Stirling on July 5, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I was just going to say its hard to argue with the logic, its not complicated.
    And all that explanation about the guilt we’ve lived with, without an explanation makes reading about how this information can transform your life more and more exciting.
    Thanks

  • judy66 on August 10, 2017 at 8:45 am

    This was the first book of Jeremy’s that I read, and while I didn’t fully grasp the subtlety of how the information was being presented, it did allow me to understand his ideas. This first paragraph is precious to me, because it frames it up so clearly, and I am now going to reread the booklet with it in front of me. This is the first paragraph from this email: “The particular genius of the short introductory booklet Transform Your Life And Save The World is its use of a series of propositions that, step-by-persuasive step, demonstrate how astronomically guilt-ridden the human race has to be after we became conscious and the resulting upset anger, egocentricity and alienation in us destroyed the paradise of our species’ original instinctive cooperative and loving soul’s world — and therefore, in the absence of understanding, how absolutely necessary it was that we contrived the patently false ‘savage instincts’ excuse for our divisive condition.”

  • Howard on November 30, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    me too judy. this was my introduction. i was a bit wary about the books title because i thought it might have religious overtones, but to me surprise, and eventual admiration it turned into the most thorough and accountable theory of everything i have ever read. it really surprised me and i just wish i was at the national geographic launch. that was a historic event.

  • RJ on December 3, 2017 at 10:12 am

    I found the propositions powerful actually, the ‘imagine’ this and that. I’m someone who has struggled with the so called ‘deaf effect’ and this helped me absorb it all more and get past what I see now is my denial of the human condition. It makes so much sense that we have this enormous fear of the whole area of the human condition after so long without any answers, we are ‘astronomically guilt-ridden’ as this email says (although not anymore as I am absorbing more and more!). So thank you for this little book, I think it is genius.

  • charles on April 20, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    interesting stuff, i need to know more ; )

  • Angel on June 11, 2018 at 1:16 am

    Would be great every body reading this book

  • Ann marchbanks on November 7, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Where is God in all this? I have read only the first part presented taling about the special monkey.

  • Celia on August 2, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    This is interesting and I’d like to read more, partiularly about equality of men and women, science v religion
    and roots of racism

    • Genevieve Genevieve on August 3, 2019 at 8:23 am

      Hi Celia and thanks for your interest. All of those topics and many more are covered in our Freedom Essay series! See Essays 26 & 27 to read about the reconciliation between men and women, Essay 38-41 for the deciphering of religion and Essays 28 & 29 to understand how this explanation can put an end to racism.

  • Stan Law on August 2, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    The essence of this philosoph/truth is contained in one sentence: “I and my father are one”, and then submitting to it.

  • Ari on December 10, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    When you read this essay a second time it just creates a light bulb moment in your head – like, God this makes so much sense.
    Reading some of the comments below is fascinating and I’m not surprised that the essay has readers asking for more.
    ‘Transform your life and save the world’ is a brilliant little summary of the key concepts and outcomes of Jeremy’s life long devotion to researching and understanding the complex issue of the human condition.
    He did this by reconciling biology, science, religion and anthropology which when you think about it – was always going to be the only way to get the full picture.
    The diagnosis of the problem, as one of a psychological nature rather than one of a biological nature is critical if we are to ever be able to address the issue and reverse the damage. A wrong diagnosis (cause) will only ever lead to a wrong treatment prescription which usually leads to worsening the symptoms.
    Hence current levels of terminal alienation, depression, suicide, poverty, division, homelessness etc. The mechanistic savage instincts excuse, while necessary during the search for knowledge, has conversely further damaged the state of psychosis and we (the human race) are barely hanging on by a thread.
    Don’t worry I was one of those pretenders who refused to see the big picture and argue that ‘she’ll be right’ and we’ll work it out! What rubbish. We’ll self-destruct is what will happen if we don’t look at this issue together as one whole species independent of borders.
    Thanks Jeremy for this amazing work and for the opportunity to join the troops on the sunshine highway out of the cave and into the light.
    You are certainly my saviour and hopefully many more people will read this book and slowly but surely heal themselves to a whole new world which you’ve made possible.

    • WTM Admin on December 10, 2019 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks for your wonderful comment and support Ari but just to clarify, as Jeremy writes in FREEDOM, para 296, it is the practice of science as a whole that is humanity’s liberator, its so-called ‘saviour’.

  • jamesmoffett on January 26, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    True “genius” is without doubt, the best available definition of and for Transform Your Life and Save the World. I would say it defines the term which, until now, was considered undefinable.

  • Deepak Bhatt on June 29, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Reason for HUMAN CONDITION are when anyone represent him/herself as National,Cast,Creed,or on Religion basis his thinking becomes to protect interest of those groups. In The Golden Edge these divisions were not existing. Keeping our present belief system as it is if we as a INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY give priority to HUMANISM as “There is no other Religion higher than Humanity”,we can come out from present HUMAN CONDITION. Only Love & Trust on each other can save us.