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This is Freedom Essay 21


How did we humans acquire our all-loving, unconditionally selfless moral conscience?


Written by Jeremy Griffith, 2017


The previous Freedom Essay 20 explained how our species’ guilt over our present human-condition-afflicted angry and egocentric behaviour led us to contrive the excuse that we have ‘savage’ competitive, selfish and aggressive instincts, despite clear evidence that we humans actually have cooperative, selfless and loving moral instincts, the ‘voice’ or expression of which is our conscience. As Charles Darwin recognised, ‘The moral sense perhaps affords the best and highest distinction between man and the lower animals’ (The Descent of Man, 1871, ch.4).


Portrait of Charles Darwin

Detail from portrait of Charles Darwin by John Collier, 1883


And to have acquired our altruistic moral instinctive nature, it follows that our distant ancestors must have been cooperative, selfless and loving, not competitive, selfish and aggressive like other animalswhich the following extracts from F. Essay 53 serve to illustrate (and you can find many more wonderful descriptions like these of our species’ past time in innocence in that essay).


  • In 360 BC Plato, the greatest of all philosophers, 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’ (see pars 158 & 170 of FREEDOM for source).


Etching of ‘Golden Age’ for Hesiod's ‘Works and Days’ by William Blake based on a design by John Flaxman (1817)

William Blake’s 1817 illustration to Hesiod’s Works and Days


  • In his poem Works and Days, Plato’s Greek compatriot Hesiod, some 400 years before Plato, wrote of our distant ancestors that ‘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).


  • The author Richard Heinberg states in his book, Memories & Visions of Paradise that all mythologies acknowledge a time of togetherness before the emergence of the human condition: ‘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’ (par. 181).


Bushman feeding child

Bushmen of the Kalahari


  • And finally, the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote that even with regard to some humans living today, ‘nothing is more gentle than man in his primitive state’ (par. 181).


The great biological question this leaves screaming out to be answered is, if all this evidence is truethat, as Darwin recognised, we have inherited altruistic, unconditionally selfless, cooperative and loving moral instincts from our distant ancestors, then how could our ancestors possibly have developed them? Indeed, this question of how we humans acquired our moral instinctive self or soul has been one of the great outstanding biological questions: Darwin described altruism as the ‘one special difficulty’ with natural selection (On The Origin of Species, 1859, p.209 of 440), and more recently, primatologist Richard Wrangham described it as ‘A question that has lain unsolved at the core of biology ever since Darwin’ (in a review of E.O. Wilson’s 2019 book Genesis: The Deep Origin of Societies). And the reason it has been such a huge question for us biologists is because we know that genes normally cannot select for unconditionally selfless, fully cooperative traits simply because such traits tend to be self-eliminating and so normally can’t become established in a species‘By all means, you can be selfless towards me and sacrifice your genes for me, but I’m not about to be selfless towards you and sacrifice my genes for you.’ The process of natural selection dictates that selfish opportunism will supposedly always exploit selflessness. So how could such a selfish process possibly have created such loving selflessness in us?

As explained in chapter 5 of FREEDOM, the answer was through nurturing (which, interestingly, Blake’s illustration for Hesiod’s Works and Days, included above, intimates).

To explain what is so significant about a mother’s nurturing of her offspring, I first need to point out that a mother’s maternal instinct to care for her offspring is selfish because she is ensuring the reproduction of her genes by looking after her offspring who carry her genes. So maternalism is a selfish trait, which, as I’ve just said, genetic traits normally have to be for them to reproduce and carry on into the next generation. HOWEVER, and this is all-important, from the infant’s perspective maternalism does have the appearance of being selfless. 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, it will be indoctrinated with that selfless love and grow up to behave accordinglyand over many generations that behaviour will become instinctive because genetic selection will inevitably follow and reinforce any development process occurring in a species; the difficulty was in getting the development of unconditional selflessness to occur in the first place, for once it was regularly occurring it would naturally become instinctive over time.

And if we think about primates, being semi-upright from living in trees, and thus having their arms free to hold a dependent infant, it’s clear that they are especially facilitated to support and prolong the mother-infant relationship, and so develop this nurtured, loving, cooperative behaviour. So it was through this ‘love-indoctrination’ process that our primate ancestors developed our moral conscience.


Bonobo mother carrying infant
Bonobo mother carrying infant

Bonobo mothers holding their infants


The bonobo, the species of great ape that lives south of the Congo river in Africa, is the most cooperative, selfless and loving of all non-human primates, and they are extraordinarily focused on nurturing 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’ (Sue Savage-Rumbaugh & Roger Lewin, Kanzi: The Ape at the Brink of the Human Mind, 1994, p.108 of 299).

These photographs illustrate just how nurturing bonobos are.


Images of bonobos nurturing their infants

Bonobos nurturing their infants


As to how cooperative, selfless and loving bonobos are, the following quotes (which are all referred to in chapter 5 of FREEDOM) provide powerful evidence. Firstly, from filmmakers who were 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]…​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’ (accompanying film discussing the production of the French documentary Bonobos, 2011).

Yes, as bonobo zoo keeper Barbara Bell said, ‘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’ (Chicago Tribune, 11 Jun. 1998). Bonobos’ unlimited capacity for love is also apparent in this wonderful 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’ (The Guardian, 1 Oct. 2015). (You can watch some exquisite footage of the nurtured peace in bonobo society that was filmed during Jeremy’s 2014 visit with Professor Harry Prosen to the bonobos at the Milwaukee County Zoo.)

The consequences of this nurturing of unconditional love in bonobos is apparent in this report from researchers: ‘bonobos historically have existed in a stable environment rich in sources of food…​and unlike chimpanzees have developed a more cohesive social structure’ (Takayoshi Kano & Mbangi Mulavwa, ‘Feeding ecology of the pygmy chimpanzees (Pan paniscus)’; The Pygmy Chimpanzee, ed. Randall Susman, 1984, p.271 of 435). 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’ (Paul Raffaele, ‘Bonobos: The apes who make love, not war’, Last Tribes on, 2003; see


A group of Bonobos relaxing close to each other on green grass at the Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Bonobo group


The above picture of a group of bonobos resting in a grassy glade perfectly equates with the description that Plato gave earlier about what life was like for humans back in the ‘Golden Age’ of nurtured togetherness: ‘And they dwelt naked, and mostly in the open air…​and they had no beds, but lay on soft couches of grass’. Clearly we have a perfect instinctive memory (if we don’t choose to deny it) of what life was like before ‘the fall’ because Plato didn’t know of the existence of bonobos and yet instinctively knew exactly what our bonobo-like life before ‘the fall’ was like.

It might be mentioned that (as explained in F. Essay 24 and chapter 7 of FREEDOM, and briefly summarised two paragraphs below) another consequence of our ape ancestors having been nurtured with unconditional selflessness or love is that that orientation to love liberated the development of a fully conscious mind, which this further quote from Barbara Bell evidences is emerging in bonobos: ‘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.’

The following extraordinary video of the famed animal photographer Joel Sartore photographing the bonobo Kanzi, reveals just how conscious bonobos are. Note how, just like a human 2-year-old, Kanzi loves to play, and how happy and excited he is, and also how well-behaved he is, a behaviour that is no longer common in human-condition-traumatised human children of today:


Make and see comments here


(With regard to the question of how we humans became conscious, and why bonobos are well on their way to becoming fully conscious, the following is a brief summary of the full explanation, which, as mentioned, you can read in F. Essay 24 and chapter 7 of FREEDOM. [And I should mention that, like the origin of the human condition, and how we acquired our moral nature, and the meaning of existence, the question of the origin of humans’ fully conscious mind is one of the great outstanding mysteries in science that a truthful analysis of the human condition finally makes it possible to explain.] It was the nurturing, love-indoctrination process that enabled consciousness to emerge because while a mother’s nurturing of her infants enabled unconditionally selfless behaviour to develop and, over time, become instinctual, this training in unconditional selflessness produced a further accidental by-product, it produced brains trained to think selflessly and thus truthfully and thus effectively and thus become ‘conscious’ of the relationship of events that occur through time. Other species that can’t develop love-indoctrination and thus unconditional selflessness can’t think truthfully and thus effectively because unconditional selflessness, which they are unable to develop an orientation to, is the truthful, integrative theme or meaning of existencethe teleological, holistic, order-of-matter-developing, integrative, unconditional-selflessness-themed physical law of Negative Entropy that we live under, which we have personified as ‘God’, will be explained shortly in F. Essay 23. The fact is you can’t hope to think truthfully and thus effectively if you’re lying. Species whose behaviour is governed by genetic selfishness have emerging minds that are, in effect, dishonestly orientated; their minds are alienated from the truth. Such species won’t, in fact, allow selflessness-recognising, truthful and thus effective thinking, which means they can never make sense of experience and thus never become conscious. What all this means is that the human mind has been alienated from the truth twice in its history: firstly, in our pre-love-indoctrinated past when, like all other animalsexcept now for bonobos, who have almost completed the process of love-indoctrinationour brains were blocked from thinking truthfully; and, secondly, in our present state, where our minds have been alienated from the truth as a result of our fearful denial of the human condition.)

All the descriptions of bonobos included earlier (and you can read many more in chapter 5 of FREEDOM) provide powerful insights into how extraordinarily cooperative, selfless and loving bonobos, our closest living relative, are. 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. The truth is that our ancestors are far more similar to bonobos with regard to their size, their bipedality, environment, lack of large canines, and lack of size differentiation between males and females, than any other existing primatewhich indicates that our ancestors followed a similar path of development to the bonobos. So the evidence is that it was through the nurturing, love-indoctrination process that we acquired our altruistic moral nature.


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)


Indeed, the recent astonishing fossil discoveries, particularly those of the 4.5 million year old Ardipithecus that revealed these similarities between our ancestors and bonobos, have led the leading anthropologist C. Owen Lovejoy to acknowledge that ‘our species-defining cooperative mutualism can now be seen to extend well beyond the deepest Pliocene [well beyond 5.3 million years ago] (‘Reexamining Human Origins in Light of Ardipithecus ramidus’, Science, 2009, Vol.326, No.5949). (Much more can be read in the next F. Essay 22 about the insights being gleaned from the fossil record.)


Paleoartist reconstruction of the 4.4 millian year old human ancestor, Ardipithecus ramidus standing in its natural habitat

Artist’s reconstruction of the 4.4 mya Ardipithecus ramidus in its natural habitat
(Painting by paleoartist Jay H. Matternes)


Although bonobos and the fossil record are only now revealing their corroborating evidence, the nurturing, love-indoctrination explanation for our extraordinary unconditionally selfless, all-loving, social, moral instinctive self or soul is in fact so obvious that only three years after Darwin tentatively ascribed the origin of our ‘social instinct’ to ‘parental’ ‘affections’ (The Descent of Man, 1871, ch.4), it was put forward as a developed theory by the philosopher John Fiske in his 1874 book, Outlines of Cosmic Philosophy: based on the Doctrine of Evolution.


John Fiske’s book

Outlines of Cosmic Philosophy

John Fiske photo

John Fiske (1842-1901), about whom Charles Darwin wrote, ‘I never in my life read so lucid an expositor (and therefore thinker) as you are.’ (1874)


The outstanding question therefore is, why did Fiske’s nurturing explanation for the origins of our moral instinctsthat was described at the time as being ‘far more important’ than ‘Darwin’s principle of natural selection’ (Dorothy Ross, G. Stanley Hall: The Psychologist as Prophet, 1972, p.262 of 482) and ‘one of the most beautiful contributions ever made to the Evolution of Man’ (John Drummond, The Ascent of Man, 1894, ch. ‘The Evolution of a Mother’)virtually vanish from scientific discourse? (You can read much more about Fiske’s theory in chapter 6:3 of FREEDOM.)

The answer is that this nurturing explanation has been an unbearably confronting truth for parents trying to nurture their children adequately under the extreme duress of the human conditiona competitive, selfish and aggressive state that developed when humans became fully conscious after this time when we lived cooperatively and lovingly in the metaphorical ‘Garden of Eden’ state of original innocence. Our present insecurity about our inability to adequately nurture our children is painfully apparent in this quote from the bestselling children’s author, John Marsden: ‘The biggest crime you can commit in our society is to be a failure as a parent and people would rather admit to being an axe murderer than being a bad father or mother’ (Sunday Life, The Sun-Herald, 7 Jul. 2002).

It is ONLY NOW that we can explain the competitive, selfish and aggressive upset state of the human condition and thus understand why the present human-condition-afflicted human race hasn’t been able to adequately nurture our infants that it becomes safe to finally admit that nurturing is what made us humanthat it was nurturing that gave us our moral soul and created humanity.


Bonobo Matata and her adopted son, Kanzi, and Jeremy’s drawing of Madonna and child


Again, this nurturing explanation of humans’ moral instincts is presented in full in chapter 5 of FREEDOM, while the biological explanation of why we became competitive, selfish and aggressive sufferers of the human condition when our conscious mind developed is the subject of Video/​F. Essay 3, and fully explained in chapter 3 of FREEDOM.


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  • nomad on February 17, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    What an amazing animal the bonobo is! And what an incredible insight into our own past.

  • Michael on February 17, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    I always find the primates particularly fascinating when I visit the zoo with my grandchildren. I have not seen bonobos in the flesh but they are no doubt extraordinary. The pictures showing their nurturing ability are really something. I hope my grandchildren have a world with bonobos and a world built on understanding of our human condition. Thank you

  • jthomas on February 18, 2017 at 1:57 am

    It would have truly been a tragedy if bonobos had been extinct. But being able to see them in action really does confirm the love-indoctrination process, and challenge one’s view of “evolution”.

  • richard on February 18, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Why have I never heard about bonobos before?

    • nomad on February 18, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Richard, their loving nature has been so confronting for us upset humans that they have actually been called ‘the forgotten ape’! Recently though, to some extent they have become the darlings of the left wing, but their true significance, which, as jthomas says, is that they shed light on our nurturing origins and loving heritage, remains overlooked. Chapter 5:7 of FREEDOM is good on this topic.

  • paulM on February 19, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Thank you for the essay WTM. It inspired me to read the chapter (5:13) in Freedom about Jeremy Griffith’s time at the Milwaukee Zoo and his observations about their troupe of bonobos. The following paragraph (460), is, I think, an extremely sensitive analysis of the bonobos, and worth sharing:
    “With all other highly social species that I have observed, such as meerkats, I have had the feeling that their groups are still more a collection of individuals, but that wasn’t the case with the bonobos. With them it was as though they were all part of one organism, all deeply aware of and in tune with each other. While there were outbursts of anxiety and occasional tensions and even fights amongst them—because bonobos haven’t as yet completed the love-indoctrination process that enables the fully cooperative, utterly harmonious, completely integrated state to develop—there was a high degree of harmony in the group; to such an extent, in fact, that there was an overall togetherness, a real peacefulness and tranquility, a unity, a security, an each-knew-all-about-and-trusted-and-supported-and-loved-everyone-else-feeling between them. It was like they took each other for granted, just as we take our arms or legs or ears for granted because they are simply part of our whole being. It was like they all felt they belonged and were part of something bigger; it wasn’t like they had to trust that this was the case, it was that they knew it was the case. As is very apparent in some of the marvellous footage WTM Founding Member James Press took of the bonobos for inclusion in Harry’s video introduction to this book that appears on this book’s website (see ), when one of them looked at you with the extraordinary awareness and thoughtfulness that their facial expression exhibits, it was as though that individual was fully connected by an invisible cable or link to all the other members of their group behind them and around them; that at that moment they were the looking-out-at-the-world component of the whole group. Yes, they all moved about together like one big roly-poly organism that would suddenly materialise in front of you, and then, just as suddenly, vanish all together into another corner of their enclosure. I derived a deep, calming, reassuring, and even happy, life-as-it-should-be, feeling from being with them, which was quite amazing. To use some of the extraordinarily honest words from Sir Laurens van der Post that were included in par. 186, I felt part of a time when ‘All on earth and in the universe were still members and family of the early race seeking comfort and warmth through the long, cold night before the dawning of individual consciousness in a togetherness which still gnaws like an unappeasable homesickness at the base of the human heart.’”

  • Frank B on February 20, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Oh boy do I love hearing this quote!
    “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.”

  • Susy on July 2, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Can you believe this?! We are finally able to understand the source of our soul, the source of our loving natures, understand what our conscience actually is!! Its is powerful to read that in 1788, the philosopher Immanuel Kant had the following words inscribed on his tombstone (as quoted at the start of Chapter 5 in Freedom), ‘there are two things which fill me with awe: the starry heavens above us, and the moral law within us’ (Critique of Practical Reason, 1788)”. What an age-long mystery the subject of our soul has been and to be actually alive in the time when the answer to it arrives is simply amazing — Jeremy Griffith’s nurturing explanation is brilliant! What this explanation of the whole human condition brings about — with our current upset state finally biologically understood and defended — is endless fulfillment of the whole of humanity’s hopes and dreams! If you enjoyed this essay, I really recommend reading the essay on cave paintings (42). Wonderful stuff!

  • Matt on August 9, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Chimpanzees I know, but I had not been aware of these little guys at all. Amazing. And thanks for the reference PaulM, what a compelling piece of evidence for Mr Griffith’s theory.

  • Matt on August 9, 2017 at 11:41 am

    And I have just re-read the email about Anne Frank, and how she believed in the essential goodness of everybody, despite how they were acting, and in my mind I am joining the dots between what she believed, and this idea that we evolved from loving creatures like bonobos and it fits. It fits very well! Keep it all coming please.

  • Vidchawan Chailertvanitkul on October 18, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Yes,I believe this story and I quite understand the source of our soul & loving nature.

  • Joe Coope on October 30, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Good counterbalance to Jack Donovan’s book “The way of men”. Are you gender feminists?

    • WTM Admin on October 30, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      Hi Joe,
      Thanks for your question. In the absence of the fully accountable, true understanding of the human condition — the explanation for why we behave divisively instead of cooperatively and lovingly — it makes sense that we humans needed to come up with some excuse in order to cope with the negative implications of our behaviour. And so we came up with the excuse that our ‘human nature’ is really no different from that seen in the animal kingdom; that we humans are competitive, aggressive, and selfish because of a need to reproduce our genes. In particular, we looked at chimpanzees, and said that in them we could see the source of our behaviour. Jack Donovan’s book is a classic example of this.
      But this ‘biological need to reproduce our genes’, savage instincts excuse cannot be the real cause of our competitive and divisive behaviour because firstly, we humans have cooperative and loving moral instincts, the voice or expression of which within us is our conscience. As Charles Darwin recognised, ‘The moral sense perhaps affords the best and highest distinction between man and the lower animals’ (The Descent of Man, 1871, ch.4).
      Secondly, descriptions of human behaviour, such as egocentric, arrogant, inspired, depressed, deluded, pessimistic, optimistic, artificial, hateful, mean, immoral, guilt-ridden, evil, psychotic, neurotic, alienated, etc, all recognise the involvement of our species’ unique fully conscious thinking mind — that 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.
      What Jeremy Griffith has found, and is presented here, is the real biological explanation of our troubled condition, not an excuse. And having the full redeeming explanation for our behaviour means we don’t need to try and ‘be good’ to reign in our behaviour, which is what feminism is. No, the real fully redeeming explanation of the human condition actually brings an end to men’s aggressive behaviour and allows the reconciliation of the sexes. I recommend you have a look at Freedom Essay 3, which is the basic biological explanation of the human condition, and then Freedom Essay 26, which explains how this understanding brings the war between the sexes to an end.

  • M king on November 4, 2017 at 4:47 am

    I love and appreciate the bonobo research and sharing. However the premise the humans are “ruthlessly competitive, selfish and aggressive ” i
    Is seriously flawed misleading and does a disservice to most people who have ever lived. Of course there are examples of people who fit that description. However, my experience and research indicates that most people get up every day and try to get along and in disasters help one another. So please share the bonobo info but you don’t need to paint humankind with a misleading premise.

    • Abi on November 4, 2017 at 10:29 am

      The point is that we are all capable of selfish terrible behavior even though there are definitely some of us who try to provide a counterbalance to that force. This explanation by Griffith explains the source of that selfish inclination. If it is true that we have a loving heritage like the bonobos, where did this ‘dark side’ come from? That is the essence of what Griffith is putting forward.

    • Carl on November 4, 2017 at 11:01 am

      It’s described so well in FREEDOM chapter 1:2 that we have this incredible contradictory nature – ‘the glory and the scum of the universe’ as Pascal put it. The bonobos, being a living representation of our ancestors, point to humans’ undeniable capacity for immense sensitivity and love. And then we can be so insensitive and greedy as to covet material possessions when we know there are others close by who are barely surviving. We don’t like to look at it but it’s true, we do all have this dual capacity. But far from being a disservice, this work is the ultimate defence and love for humans because it scientifically proves that we are good despite our dark side and there’s nothing misleading in that. It’s actually the ultimate ‘service’ to mankind – providing proof at last of our goodness. We do get up every day because we believe in our goodness and now we can know it too, meaning we can truly come together to help and love one another.

  • Billie A on November 17, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    We talk about soul music, having soul, soul friends, a soulful feeling or expression, so we kind of know that we have this deep spiritual centre but its never been explained before. What a relief. So this has GOT to be the most incredible thing (other than all the other incredible things Jeremy Griffith explains!) to understand our soul. Love this. Talk about breakthrough in science, no one has been able to come close to explaining this… Come to think of it, I’m finding Griffiths book FREEDOM is just one solid lump of soul, of soulful truth anyway

  • Sarah Jones on November 29, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Wow! Fascinating stuff reading about Bonobos and how pivotal nurturing has been for human development. I really enjoyed the pictures and illustrations in this email- they really helped me to understand the science explained in this email.

  • Howard on November 30, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    this is where the rubber meets the road for me. griffith flies in the face of the whole school of evolutionary psychology by saying our instincts are loving not savage and he needs to come up with something good. and he does. in a world where natural selection dictates selfish behavior griffith explains how genuinely loving instincts could be created. this is rational and downright fascinating. and the icing on the cake is that fiske thought of it too.

  • RJ on December 3, 2017 at 10:16 am

    ‘Rubber meets the road’ Howard, great phrase and exactly I agree! These are revolutionary and powerful insights.

  • Norman David Keane on January 18, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Thank you for your efforts to enlighten us

  • John tembo on February 3, 2018 at 4:40 am

    I want thank u pastor consavertion Mr Jeremy to give me knowledge and for this book is every good book

  • Eugene Richardson on February 7, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    This is the first e-mail that I have read. I have found it to be very interesting and informative. Looking forward to further study. I am glad that I opened this and will be sharing with family and friends. Thank you.

  • Damon Jamil on February 8, 2018 at 2:56 am

    Why did humans become conscious when other animals didn’t? The answer to this question can be found in the story of Adam. Human were created in the same natural balance as all other plants and animals in the Garden in accordance with Devine Order and Flow. Adam was instructed by the Creator not to approach the Tree of Knowledge and eat of it’s fruits. This disobedience opened the human family up to consciousness outside of the “original state” in which Creator and Creation lived in perfect alignment. At this point, the human family became “naked” and exposed to self-identity, self-creation, and self-service. This separation of the “true self” and the “created self” caused Adam to digress further into his disobedience and as a consequence create imbalance on Earth. The Earth’s ecosystem is inter-dependent and sensitive to even the slightest changes, however the imbalances created by the human family has a significant and ultimately destructive impact on the natural order of the natural world as evidenced in the current state of the Earth’s ecosystem. The Creator gave Adam and the human family dominion over the Earth which came with the duty to protect, respect and serve it. However, the “created self” only serves itself, abuses nature, and disrespects the planet. Thank you for allowing me to share my perspectives.

    • Johnathan on May 24, 2018 at 6:44 am

      Damon… Love your comment! Well said!

    • Dawn Stephenson on February 22, 2020 at 1:26 am

      Damon Jamil, thank you for your wonderful explanation of why we humans came to consciousness, and its destructive consequences. Sheer brilliance.

  • Siddique Ahmeds on May 2, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Modern mothers in some cases abhor taking children to avoid the trouble of caring. Some mothers employ nursing for caring. Unlawful mothers throw baby in dustbin to to avoid social and family to know it. Economically incapable mother sell their baby. Are this due to social evolution.
    Altruistic love and natural care are evaporating. Human conscious ness is no more dependent on altruistic love and care of mother. Is it a new phase of evolution.

    • Tommy on May 5, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      You are so right Siddique, altruistic love and natural care IS evaporating and at a rapid rate. Now I have absorbed the information the WTM is presenting, I know the reason for that is due to the human condition and it’s that core issue that needs to be addressed for selfless love to return to this planet. The amazing significance of this biological explanation is that it brings understanding to why we are so divisive, selfish and upset as a species when the ideals are to be so cooperative and loving. This is a brief and helpful FAQ which outlines the significance of Jeremy Griffith’s breakthrough idea ( You will see for yourself that there is actually a wonderful, wonderful reason for all the upset in the world and most fabulously, with that understanding of ourselves, it can now ALL end! Absolutely all of it, all the suffering, selfishness, hatred, meanness all goes. What this information opens up in the most amazing future for all humans, free of the human condition and real love can finally and legitimately return to the planet. I so hope you keep absorbing these ideas Siddique because they will bring about all your wildest dreams!

  • Juanita Wheat on May 16, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    This society is brutal to Mothers…I am so seeking to heal from the harshness of how I have been treated…my womb has fruited seven times…I kid you not each time I was abandoned. The most important event and I was not supported or trained for this most important job.
    4 out of 7 made it to maturity…after 3 decades of being single mother…I see clearly the distortions in society, I also can feel the change in thinking that leads to noble traits and attitudes and responsibilities of mastery. May the awful stories of the past be healed. As we step forward into true life and true love for all life everywhere.

  • William See on May 16, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Wondrous insights and well documented with video and stories.

  • Renato Cesar on May 19, 2018 at 8:26 am

    I know through the observation of myself that I’m pure love, caring and supportive. For me it’s enough.

  • Sonia De Wilde on May 31, 2018 at 9:21 am

    I wanna know more to help to create a more beautiful world again

  • Lewis H. Trogler on June 15, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Do you have a book or compilation of all series or chapters. Please adise me at my email. Thank you.

    • Susan on June 16, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      Hi Lewis and Siphiwo, Thank you both for your interest in the WTM. We will be soon making the Freedom Essays available in book-form by manually binding them into three volumes, so please keep posted on our website for that development ( In the meantime, they are all available in one place on our website, at the following link: Please also note that the Freedom Essays are basically the contents of Jeremy Griffith’s definitive book ‘FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition’ broken up into topics, and FREEDOM, along with the very short booklet ‘Transform Your Life and Save The World’, are freely available to download from our homepage and hard copies can be purchased through (

  • Siphiwo SS Shabangu on July 13, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Is there a book of these essays?

  • Nirmal Singh Bhullar on July 22, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Very interesting

  • william carlisle on October 30, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    yes you made it ,i will read all the book and be in touch.

  • Theodore Hein on December 24, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Very interesting. I wish to know more, especially about Bonobos and innocent loving early humans

  • Erik termote on December 28, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    thank You

  • John tembo on March 14, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Bononbo is good example to people very interesting and good

  • Isabel Cummings on September 14, 2019 at 10:53 pm


    Something to ponder.
    1. Several peoples have no words for hate or war or anger etc?
    2. While other peoples have lots and lots of words for love.
    3. Who difinitively says animals do not have conscience?

    • Tommy on September 18, 2019 at 4:04 pm

      Your points 1 & 2 are certainly the paradox of the human condition Isabel, how can we both love and hate? Why can we hate and feel jealous and war and be so angry or resentful on one hand and then be so loving on the other? I know I have all of that in me, and it’s quite unbelievable but that is what essay 3 explains! That paradox has finally been biologically explained and for me it’s just quite simply amazing, relieving and damn liberating knowledge! On your point 3 which is an excellent question to ‘ponder’, you’ll be amazed that in a couple of essays on, in essay 25 which has more on the incredible biology, it’s explained there that there is a limitation of the genetic process and is why other animals are stalled and can’t develop an ‘unconditional selfless’ moral soul/conscience like our forbears (who achieved it via the process of nurturing).

  • GoldenRuler on September 23, 2019 at 2:45 am

    So powerfully putting the pieces together! The source of “love” as the source of our wonderful moral instincts! Understand and our grit in reaching for it eventually bridges the temporary false gap in our psyche. What a thorough root cause analysis on human origins and the bright sunlight that transformationally reveals our true nature, and in one fell swoop, the great weight of the guilt is lifted from humanities shoulders!
    Its back to the future :) Free Humans and “Bonobos’ unlimited capacity for love is also apparent in this wonderful 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’ (The Guardian, 1 Oct. 2015). “

  • Assia Ninio on October 24, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    All I can say after reaing this essay is: ” It opened my eyes, it answered many questions, so well written, ilustrated and explained!”I feel empowered being a human and a nurturing mother!
    Thank you!

  • Hameed on November 8, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    I am enthralled by the facts exposed in this essay. Thank you Jeremy for this enlightening information. All these revealing essays give me happiness and assurance that I am on the right track to living a worthwhile, truthful and understanding of human being.

  • Arthur Jones on December 20, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Jeremy, your biological stuff matches the inner teaching of Jesus of Nazareth. He was a relentless pursuer of Motivational Sources of behaviour. See chapters 5-7 in Matthew’s Gospel which is a collection of sayings of Jesus amongst his disciples in Galilee. Jeremy quoted the Gospels and other Scriptures in a lot in his earlier writings (A Species in Denial). The Gospel of Thomas, a collection of 114 sayings from Gnostic sources, should be read alongside what we call the Sermon on the Mount, noted above. The Toltec writer Dom Miguel Ruiz puts it in a different wat way in his book, The Four Agreements: Impeccable Speech; Don’t take Things Personally; Don’t make Assumptions; Always Do your Best.
    Jeremy’s tracings of a nw shape for Humanity are becoming more vivid and lucid for me now, and I hope to be a regular contribur. My New Website link:

  • John mays on March 8, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks , I hope more read your book, the peoples of the world need to change if we are to survive .

  • Fred R Phillips on July 2, 2020 at 5:23 am

    Nature v Nurture.

    Stanley Milgram had a question, how did so many Germans permit Nazi regime to use hate & fear to commit genocide amongst Jews and other minorities (ethnocentric)? Milgram obedience to authority experiment (student v teacher) provided results that 2/3 of people are apathetic, blindly obedient to authority to inflict pain or death on innocent. My question is why are people inherently naive, gullible, apathetic and afraid of pacifism, science, and egalitarianism?

    Milgram’s Experiment on Obedience to Authority

    Why do you think American Right people with the theory/ideology/doctrine are fundamentally aggressive, gullible, susceptible, arrogant , authoritarian, draconian, intimidated by critical thinkers. In anthropology, humans are primates. Anthropology focuses on study of primates to understand why & how humans behave, act, and live in society. It is theorized that Bonobos are humans nearest relative to our human species, but I disagree. I think humans are divided in two distinctions based on fundamental political theory of Right v Left. Chimpanzees (Right) are aggressive (war mongers) authoritarian, timid and patriarchal based on alpha strength dominance with sexual frustration.

    Bonobos (Left) are acceptable with matriarchal authority, sexually free, and curious. Pacifist & egalitarian.

    • Susan on July 2, 2020 at 5:03 pm

      As FAQ 1.1 says, while it’s undeniable that humans are capable of great love, we also have an unspeakable history of brutality, rape, torture, murder and war. Despite all our marvellous accomplishments, we humans have been the most ferocious and destructive force that has ever lived on Earth—and the eternal question has been ‘why?’ Even in our everyday behaviour, why have we humans been so competitive, selfish and aggressive when clearly the ideals of life are to be the complete opposite, namely cooperative, selfless and loving? In fact, why are we so ruthlessly competitive, selfish and brutal that human life has become all but unbearable and we have nearly destroyed our own planet?!
      The agony of being unable to truthfully answer this fundamental question of why we are the way we are—divisively instead of cooperatively behaved—has been the particular burden of human life. It has been our species’ particular affliction or condition—our ‘human condition’. It is this longed-for breakthrough explanation of the human condition that we maintain biologist Jeremy Griffith has found.
      I recommend you watch THE Interview and videos 1-4 & 14 of our Introductory Videos series Fred. Videos 2 and 14 explain that humans’ selfish behaviour is NOT a product of unchangeable savage animal instincts within us, as with chimpanzees, but the result of a psychosis, caused by the clash between our instinct and intellect. In these videos Jeremy Griffith explains the key biological distinction that humans suffer from is the conscious-mind-based, psychologically troubled human condition, not the genetic-opportunism-based, animal condition. Yes, the human condition is responsible for all humanity’s aggression, apathy and stupidity, and this is what has now been solved. And, most importantly, as these videos explain, this psychosis is caused by the clash between our instinct and intellect and can be healed with understanding. So our psychologically upset human condition is fixable or changeable—not unchangeable, which is what it would essentially be if our competitive and aggressive nature was instinctive; if it was something that is in our genes and we were born with.

  • Deepak Bhatt on July 3, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    I read 20 FREEDOM Essays & speech given by Hon. Jeremy Griffith on launch of FREEDOM at Royal Geographical Society & condensation of Chapter 9 of FREEDOM & have arrived at the conclusion that when HUMAN RACE after generations, come to understand this Biology will start New Transformed Living.
    In FREEDOM Essay 21 initially Golden Age description is given.At that era Humans were living in the different part of the Planet Earth & were using only resources required to maintain their life(only food). Resources were abundant,but science & technology were not developed.It was situation like One Planet One Nation.
    Now Left Wing ideology is not powerful as it was in 20th,Century.At present Humanity is having sufficient Resources,Technologies & Communication Skills but Right Wing Policy makers are in politics of G5, G8 & G20 Nations Group as per their need to remain in Power. Developed Nations children are suffering from over weight,plus other diseases & Under Developed Nations children are suffering from starvation,plus other related diseases.So as said “RESULTING TRANSFORMATION UNDERSTANDING REQUIRES & will come with lesser Generations because “Our Brain is now Developed as Never Before so Understanding will come earlier with Fewer Generations. Let we hope SUN RISES EARLIER AT THE HORIZON & ENDS PRESENT HUMAN CONDITION.Thanks to Jeremy Griffith to give us such UNDERSTANDING. All the Best to WTM Team.

  • Hameed on September 30, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Wonderful exposition of what makes us human. With this convincing presentation that it is nurturing that made us human and gave us our moral soul. One realises what a fantastic job Jeremy had done in explaining the origin of human condition- affectation which emanated from our consciousness of the conflict between our natural instict and intelligence.

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