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This is Freedom Essay 35

 

The march of left-wing pseudo idealism
to terminal alienation and the
death of the human race

 

Written by Jeremy Griffith, 2017

 

Video/​Freedom Essay 14 spelt out the extreme danger of the left-wing’s use of the false ‘savage instincts’ excuse to justify the dogmatic imposition of ‘good’ or ‘correct’ cooperative and loving behaviour on our species’ supposedlybut not trulycompetitive and aggressive unchangeable instincts. (The explanation for our species’ actual cooperative and loving moral instinctive nature is given in F. Essay 21.) What is made clear in Video/​F. Essay 14 is how the left-wing’s dogmatic imposition of cooperative and loving behaviour oppresses and inhibits the all-important, albeit upsetting (anger, egocentricity and alienation-producing), search for knowledge, ultimately for self-knowledge, for the understanding of the human condition that redeems and heals the human race.

Then the previous F. Essay 34 further explained that the merit of the right-wing in politics is that it encouraged the search for knowledge while the left-wing’s politically correct culture of dogma destructively opposed that all-important search. That essay ended by pointing out how the whole horrifically polarised world of politics is thankfully now brought to an end.

In this essay here, F. Essay 35, I add to that exposé of the extreme danger of pseudo idealistic dogma by describing the progression that has taken place over the last 200 years to ever more guilt-stripped and dishonest forms of pseudo idealism.

 

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To quickly summarise what has already been explained about the danger of the politically correct culture of the left-wing in politics: as humanity’s upsetting but heroic search for knowledge, ultimately for understanding of the human condition, continued, eventually so much upset angry, egocentric and alienated behaviour developed that the temptation to give up the search became irresistible for many people. In fact, what has happened is that the culture of the left-wing, which in effect advocates this abandonment of the search for knowledge by dogmatically insisting that everyone behave in a cooperative, loving, supposedly idealistic, ‘politically correct’ way, has become so popular the human race is facing terminal alienation and extinction.

Yes, the left-wing’s dogmatic imposition of cooperative and loving values on our anger, egocentricity and alienation-producing search for knowledge was actually a pseudo idealistic false start to an ideal, upset-free world. The true start to a human-condition-free world depended on continuing the upsetting search for knowledge until we found the reconciling understanding of the human condition that would actually free us from being angry, egocentric and alienated. Indeed, the left-wing’s pseudo idealistic culture is so dangerous and yet so popular that it is only the actual biological explanation of what is fundamentally wrong with the culture of the left-wing that is presented in these particular essaysVideo/​F. Essay 14, F. Essay 34, F. Essay 35, and also in the next F. Essay 36that gives the human race the means to save itself from a terrible death by dogma.

So that is how precious these particular essays are, and what this F. Essay 35 adds as its part in these four essays’ exposé of the left-wing is an extremely revealing description of the progression that has taken place over the last 200 years to increasingly dishonest, escapist and deluded forms of pseudo idealisma progression that, as we will see, has led to such an extreme state of dishonesty, denial and delusion that the human race is facing terminal alienation and extinction. (What is presented is a summary of chapter 8:16 H-Q of FREEDOM.)

 

Arrow showing the progressive destruction of truth

 

The first and by far the least dishonest and deluded form of pseudo idealism to develop was RELIGION. To explain the virtue of religion it is first necessary to emphasise the two fundamental problems with abandoning the upsetting search for knowledge. As explained in F. Essay 34, they were firstly, that you were siding against humanity’s heroic battle to find knowledge, ultimately self-knowledge, understanding of the human condition. And secondly, by ‘flying back on course’ (as explained in the Adam Stork analogy that is presented in Video/​F. Essay 3) and supporting cooperative, loving and selfless ideal values, you were deluding yourself you were actually a virtuous, righteous, good person, even someone who didn’t suffer from the upset state of the human condition.

 

The world’s religions

 

It is understandable then that when upset anger, egocentricity and alienation became so great that abandoning the battle to find knowledge could no longer be resisted, it was these two problems of siding against the human journey to find understanding, and dishonestly deluding yourself you were a virtuous, righteous, good person, even someone free of the agony of the human condition, that those who were abandoning the battle intuitively knew they most wanted to minimise. Well, the great benefit of religion is that it provided this relief because when you abandoned your upset way of living and instead deferred to, put your ‘faith’ in, and lived in support of, the sound words and life of the great unresigned, denial-free-thinking, truthful prophet around whom your religion was formed, you were minimising these two problems. (F. Essay 39 explains how, for example, the denial-free, sound words and innocent, soulful life of the great prophet Christ created the religion of Christianity.)

This is because, firstly, you were indirectly still supporting the search for knowledge because the truthful words of the prophet that you were living in support of have, in fact, been the most denial-free expressions of truth and knowledge that the human race has known. In particular, most religions acknowledge the existence of ‘God’, which, as was described in F. Essay 23, is the personification of Integrative Meaning, and acknowledgement of this most fundamental of all truths meant you were giving the search for truth and associated knowledge the absolute best possible alignment and guidance. And there are many other guiding truths imbued in religious scriptures; the reverence humans have developed towards them is witness to that. Christianity, for example, is remarkably aligning to truth and thus supportive of our search for knowledge, which the psychoanalyst Carl Jung recognised when he wrote that [in Christianity] the voice of God [truth] can still be heard’, and that ‘The Christian symbol is a living thing that carries in itself the seeds of further development’ (see paragraph 927 of FREEDOM). The value of the denial-free truth contained in religion was also recognised by Einstein when he said ‘Science [denial-infected knowledge] without religion [denial-free truth] is lame, religion without science is blind’ (see par. 611 of FREEDOM). Yes, human-condition-avoiding mechanistic science has been so dangerously devoid of truth (see Video/​F. Essay 14 & F. Essay 40) that the only place where any denial-free truth has been maintained is in religious scripture.

Secondly, by taking up support of a religion you were minimising the problem of the dishonesty of deluding yourself you were a good, even a human-condition-free person, because of the many descriptions in religious scripture that recognise how corrupted, ‘sinful’, ‘guilty’, ‘banished’-from-the-Garden-of-Eden-state-of-original-innocence we upset humans have been. Also, by acknowledging the soundness of the prophet by your worship of him, you were, by inference, acknowledging your own lack of soundness. You were indirectly being honest about your extremely upset, corrupted condition.

So religions have been a marvellous way for humans to indirectly support the search for knowledge, and to be honest about our corrupted condition. (See F. Essay 39 for more analysis of the benefits of religion.)

The problem, however, that emerged with religion as humans became even more upset was that the great benefit of religion of its honesty (about our corrupted, innocence-destroyed, ‘guilty’, Integrative-Meaning-or-God-defying lives) became its liability. Basically, without the defence of the explanation for the upset state of the human condition, the more upset we humans became the more unbearably confronting and condemning it was having our upset, soul-corrupted state acknowledged. And so, when upset became extreme, the honesty in religion about our corrupted state became intolerable; as the author Mary McCarthy once wrote, ‘Only people who are very good can afford to become religious; with all the others it makes them worse’ (see par. 1063 of FREEDOM).

 

Charismatic form of Christianity

 

It was at this point that less honest, more guilt-stripped, less confronting and condemning, more feel-good ways of abandoning the battle had to be found. One of the first ways of achieving this was to modify religions so they were less confronting. This was done by interpreting their teaching and scripture in very superficial, simplistic, literal and fundamentalist ways, and by focusing only on the relief your faith was bringing you through emotional, euphoric, ‘evangelical’, ‘charismatic’ forms of worship. The philosopher Sir Laurens van der Post pointed out how dangerously ‘starved and empty’ of its truthfulness, guilt-stripped Christianity has become when he wrote that ‘Yet the churches continue to exhort man without any knowledge of what is the soul of modern man and how starved and empty it has become…​They behave as if a repetition of the message of the Cross and a reiteration of the miracles and parables of Christ is enough. Yet, if they took Christ’s message seriously, they would not ignore the empiric material and testimony of the nature of the soul and its experience of God’ (see par. 1071 of FREEDOM). (Sir Laurens van der Post’s immense contribution to understanding the human condition is explained in F. Essay 51.)

As upset further increased, atheism or disbelief in God, and non-religious secularism, became popularto the point where the scientist Richard Dawkins has angrily said, ‘“Faith is one of the world’s great evils, comparable to the smallpox virus, but harder to eradicate. The whole subject of God is a bore”…those who teach religion to small children are guilty of “child abuse”’ (see par. 938 of FREEDOM). (Read more about science’s aversion to the truth contained in religion in F. Essay 40.)

Since any form of religion was becoming unbearable, a much more dishonest, guilt-free form of idealism had to be found. The first solution was COMMUNISM or SOCIALISM which did not contain any recognition of the sound, relatively upset-free, innocent, soulful, unresigned world of prophets, or acknowledgement of the condemning truth of Integrative Meaning in the form of ‘God’. Instead, communism dogmatically demanded an idealistic social or communal world and denied the depressing notion of God and associated guilt.

 

Communism placard

 

The dishonesty and delusion of communism/​socialism was made very clear when its creator Karl Marx asserted that ‘The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is [not to understand the world but] to change it [just make it cooperative/​social/​communal](Theses on Feuerbach, 1845). No, the whole ‘point’ and responsibility of being a conscious being is to understand our world and our place in itultimately, to find understanding of our seemingly horribly flawed human condition.

The limitation of communism was that while there was no confronting innocent prophet present, there was an obvious acknowledgment of the condemning cooperative ideals. So in time, as levels of insecurity rose, the need developed for an even more evasive and dishonest guilt-free form of idealism to live through. This was supplied by the NEW AGE MOVEMENT (the forerunners of which were the Age of Aquarius and Peace Movements) in which all the negatives of humans’ corrupted condition were transcended in favour of taking up a completely escapist, think-positive, human-potential-stressing, self-affirming, motivational, feel-good approach.

 

New Age drawing

 

In talking about how he became ‘a personal growth junkie’, the comedian Anthony Ackroyd summed up the extremely deluded artificiality of the New Age Movement when he said: ‘What are millions of us around the globe searching for in books, tapes, seminars, workshops and speaking events? Information to enhance our lifestyles and enrich our experience on this planet? Certainly…​But I smell something else in the ether. Something more desperate and deluded. A worrying snake-oil factor that is spinning out of control. It’s the promise of salvation. Salvation from the basic rules of human life. This is the neurotic aspect of the human potential movement. This hunger for a get-out-of-the-human-condition-free card.’ Yes, to ‘get out of the human condition’ we had to confront and solve it, not deny and escape it; our ‘desperate and deluded’ attempts to escape it only made it worse. As the philosopher Thomas Nagel recognised, ‘The capacity for transcendence brings with it a liability to alienation, and the wish to escape this condition…​can lead to even greater absurdity.’ (see par. 1081 of FREEDOM)

The limitation of the New Age Movement was that while it didn’t remind humans of the cooperative ideals, the focus still remained on the issue of humans’ variously troubled, alienated, upset, innocence-destroyed state. So the next level of delusion dispensed with the problem of alienation by simply denying its existence. The FEMINIST MOVEMENT maintains that there is no difference between people, especially not between men and women. In particular it denied the legitimacy of the egocentric male dimension to life. As is explained in paragraphs 770-777 of FREEDOM, far from being destructive villains, men turn out to be nothing less than the heroes of the story of life on Earth!

 

Merging of male and female symbols

 

Being based on extreme dogma, the feminist movement could not and has not produced any real reconciliation between men and women, rather, as this quote points out, ‘What happened was that the so-called Battle of the Sexes became a contest in which only one side turned up. Men listened, in many cases sympathetically but, by the millions, were turned off’ (see par. 809 of FREEDOM). (Read about how the explanation of the human condition brings an end to the so-called ‘war of the sexes’ in F. Essay 26.)

The limitation of feminism was that while it sought to dispense with the problem of humans’ divisive reality, humans were still the focus of attention and that was confronting. So again, as upset increased and an even more evasive and dishonest form of idealism to support was needed, the ENVIRONMENT or GREEN MOVEMENT emerged in which there was no need to confront and think about the human state since its focus is away from self and onto the environment.

 

Image of a tree inside a man's head as a symbol of environmentalism

 

The inherent dishonesty and irresponsibility of this movement was summed up by these quotes: ‘The trees aren’t the problem. The problem is us’, and ‘We need to do something about the environmental damage in our heads’. The bumper sticker ‘Save the Humans’ that parodies the green movement’s ‘Save the Environment’ slogan also makes the point about how evasive of the real issue the environmental movement isas does this statement: ‘Environmentalism has largely superseded Christianity as the religion of the upper classes in Europe and to a lesser extent in the United States. It is a form of religious belief which fosters a sense of moral superiority in the believer, but which places no importance on telling the truth [about the real issue of our corrupted condition].’ (see par. 1083 of FREEDOM)

So while it has been said that ‘The environment became the last best cause, the ultimate guilt-free issue’ (Time mag. 31 Dec. 1990), the Environment Movement has an undermining limitation in that it still contains a condemning moral component. If we are not responsible with the environment, ‘good’, we are behaving immorally, ‘bad’. In addition, the purity or innocence of nature contrasts with humans’ lack of it.

At this point in the emergence of ever more extreme levels of upset, a form of pure ‘idealism’ had to be developed where any confrontation with the, by now, extremely confronting and depressing moral dilemma of the human condition was totally avoided. This need for a totally guiltless form of ‘idealism’ was met by the development of the POLITICALLY CORRECT MOVEMENT and its intellectual equivalent, the POSTMODERN DECONSTRUCTIONIST MOVEMENT. These were pure forms of dogma that fabricated, demanded and imposed equality in complete denial of the reality of the underlying issue of the reasons for the different levels of alienation between individuals, sexes, ages, generations, races and cultures. For example, the politically correct argue that the children’s nursery rhyme Baa Baa Black Sheep is racist and must instead be recited as ‘Baa Baa Rainbow Sheep’ (see par. 1086 of FREEDOM).

 

Optical illusion by Escher

Relativity by M. C. Escher, 1953

 

Postmodernism has been described by a journalist as ‘a bewilderingly complex school of continental philosophy, or pseudo-philosophy’ of ‘intellectual assumptions[that] truth is a matter of opinion, there is no real world outside of language and hence no facts independent of our descriptions of them.’ While language is artificial it nevertheless models a real world, so to say that just because language is artificial there can be no universal truths is ridiculous, but when the need to escape the truth becomes desperate, any excuse will do; just baffle the world, and yourself, with intellectual baloney. In his 2001 book, The Liar’s Tale: A History of Falsehood, Jeremy Campbell described ‘postmodern theory’ as having elevated ‘lying to the status of an art and neutralised untruth’. It ‘neutralised untruth’ because by denying the existence of the whole issue of humans’ variously upset state it made any discussion of such differences, any pursuit of insight, impossible. Instead of actually reconciling and thus ‘deconstructing’ the good versus evil dialectic and, by so doing, taking humanity beyond or ‘post’ the existing upset, ‘modern’ world to a human-condition-ameliorated, upset-free, ‘correct’ one, as these movements in effect claimed they were doing, they were in reality leading humanity further away from that solution and state. (see pars 1096-1097 of FREEDOM)

 

Cartoon by Bill Leak showing anger of politically correct mob wielding placards of ‘love’ and ‘compassion’

The celebrated Australian cartoonist Bill Leak (1956–2017)
depicted the anger and intolerance at the heart of political correctness.

 

The gloves were off now, the confidence ofand sheer anger and aggression underlyingthe industry of denial and delusion was such that it was now prepared to go the whole hog and brazenly mimic the arrival of the human-condition-understood-and-reconciled true world at the actual expense of any chance it had of arriving. The fact is, postmodernism represents the very height of dishonesty, the most sophisticated expression of denial and delusion to have developed on Earth. Terminal alienation was upon us.

In Video/​F. Essay 4 I described how utterly unbearable it has been for us humans having to live without the redeeming explanation of our corrupted, soul-destroyed, Garden-of-Eden-state-of-original-innocence-devastated, human condition while we searched for that relieving understanding, all the time becoming more and more psychologically upset as the search went on. The great danger was that eventually we would become so extremely upset/​soul-corrupted that the feelings of unworthiness, shame and guilt would become so great that our minds would become fanatically attached to whatever artificial forms of relief we had been able to find and develop, no matter how dishonest, deluded and mad those forms of relief. It is this extreme situation that has now emerged in the world where the artificial, do-‘good’-to-feel-good, politically correct, pseudo idealistic lunacy of the left-wing is fanatically seeking to impose itself on the world. It’s a case of getting artificial feel-good relief from the unbearable guilt of the human condition at all costs, and it is at ‘all costs’ because it meant the human race was abandoning the all-important heroic search for knowledge and any chance of finding the understanding of the human condition that would actually end the agony of the human conditionwhich thankfully has arrived in time to save the world from this horrific death by dogma.

 

‘The Closing of the American Mind’ cover

 

In his insightfully titled 1987 book, The Closing of the American Mind, the political scientist Allan Bloom wrote of the devastating effects of the ultimate pseudo idealistic form of lying of postmodern, deconstructionist teaching in universities. As summarised in this review of The Closing of the American Mind: ‘we are producing a race of moral illiterates, who have never asked the great questions of good and evil, or truth and beauty, who have indeed no idea that such questions even could be asked…​As Mr Bloom says…“deprived of literary guidance they [students] no longer have any image of a perfect soul, and hence do not long to have one. They do not even imagine that there is such a thing”…​If the classics are studied at all in the universities they are studied as curiosities in the humanities departments, not as vital centres of the liberal tradition, and not as texts offering profound insight into the human condition’ (see par. 1103 of FREEDOM). Of course, the whole point of the postmodern movement was to avoid ‘the great questions’ about our species’ all-loving, original instinctive self or ‘soul’ and what has happened to it, namely the question of our self-corruption and alienation, the issue of ‘good and evil’, ‘the human condition’, ‘truth’.

We can now fully understand from a basis of first principle science how dangerous pseudo idealism has been and appreciate even more Friedrich Nietzsche’s warnings that ‘You are not yet free, you still search for freedom. Your search has fatigued you…But, by my love and hope I entreat you: do not reject the hero in your soul! Keep holy your highest hope!…War [against oppression, especially from dogma] and courage have done more great things than charity. Not your pity but your bravery has saved the unfortunate up to now’ (Thus Spoke Zarathustra, 1892; tr. R.J. Hollingdale, 1961, pp.70-74 of 343), and ‘There comes a time in a culture’s history when it becomes so pathologically soft that it takes the side of its worst enemy [dogma]…​and calls it “progress”’ (common tr. of Beyond Good And Evil, 1886, sec. 201).

 

Boot stamping on face

 

Yes, as Socrates famously said, ‘the only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance’, and ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’but in the end a preference for ignorance and the associated need to oppress any examination of our lives, oppress any freedom to think truthfully, question and pursue knowledge, threatened to become the dominant attitude throughout the world. George Orwell’s bleak prediction in his famous book Nineteen Eighty-Four that ‘If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face [the human mind] – for ever’ was about to be realised. (see par. 892 of FREEDOM)

HOW PRECIOUS IS IT THEN THAT UNDERSTANDING OF THE HUMAN CONDITION HAS BEEN FOUND AND THIS TERRIFYING IMMINENT PROSPECT OF THE DEATH-BY-DOGMA END OF THE HUMAN RACE HAS BEEN AVOIDED, AND THE REAL TRANSFORMATION OF THE HUMAN RACE FROM A HUMAN-CONDITION-STRICKEN STATE TO A HUMAN-CONDITION-FREE STATE CAN TAKE PLACE!

 

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

 

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For further reading on the progression of increasingly guilt-stripped and thus ever more dishonest and thus ever more dangerous forms of pseudo idealism, read chapter 8:16 H-Q of FREEDOM. And for the description of the real transformation of the human race from a human-condition-stricken state to a human-condition-free state, read F. Essay 15 or chapter 9 of FREEDOM. And the next F. Essay 36 has a video of Jeremy emphasising both the danger of left-wing dogma and how this information represents the only way to save Western civilisation. Also, F. Essay 55: Endgame for the human race powerfully reinforces just how critical humanity’s situation is.

 

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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  • Parsimony on May 29, 2017 at 4:23 am

    This is a quite extraordinary tracing of the development of these ‘movements’, and the impulse behind them. I am indebted to Griffith for his brilliant analysis!

  • Matt on May 29, 2017 at 4:31 am

    I have been waiting to see a response to see if this newsletter impressed anyone as much as me. Glad to see your comment Parsimony, because I couldn’t agree more. The whole left wing has been a mystery to me, not to say a source of some frustration, and although that particular topic was dealt with in the Politics newsletter, this edition continues the theme in my opinion. The motivation behind political correctness has been laid bare. I would like to see this essay published in a public journal somewhere. Anyone have any contacts?

    • Neil Halliday on October 9, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      Matt writes: “The whole left wing has been a mystery to me, not to say a source of some frustration, “.

      My attempt at an explanation:
      Those who are comfortable tend to vote Right (for the status quo), cf. the Left who vote for change…
      Does this explain the mystery?

      • Parsimony on October 12, 2019 at 12:31 pm

        My reading of Matt’s comment Neil is that the left wing was a mystery before he read these documents from Jeremy Griffith which as I’ve said below in my opinion are a brilliant analysis of the whole political landscape, although do take time to ponder and absorb.
        I have added my thoughts on the previous essay which are, in brief, that the start point for any discussion of a ‘symptom’ of the human condition (including the left and right wing of politics) has to be the fundamental principle of Jeremy’s explanation of the human condition, which is that human’s selfishness and egocentricity is a result of the search for knowledge. From here it is only small steps of logic to understand how the left and right wings eventuated, the particular danger of the left being again described in this particular essay above.
        It is only a matter of time before this is picked up and published.

  • Michael on May 29, 2017 at 5:15 am

    Unfortunately the core of this newsletter nr. 35 is still muddled down in it´s own mentally dogmatic inertia of having finally come to grips with the ultimate enigma of the whole of humanity’s problems, to the all-too-well-known-human point of critisizing and condemning it’s own reasonable foundations… entangled in it’s own besserwisserweb of worldtransforming logic, it still misses the single bullseye-point of completely recognizing of it’s genuine adversaries, and instead points an established scientific pseudofinger at the new-age movement… religion? OK. Communism/socialism? OK. Feminist movement? Perhaps… Green movement? Perhaps… PK-movement? OK… but when it comes to the “postmodern deconstructionist movement” the e-mail pretty much describes itself and it’s own movement, IMO, since by stubbornly categorizing the newagemovement the way it does, it also simultaneously deconstructs it’s own foundation of coherent logic of the past, present and future… any insight into humanity’s scientifically proven history without a balancing insight into it’s logically mirroring future is by virtue of human experience doomed to repetition of the consequences of mental imbalances… New Age and the Age of Aquarious seems to me to be the futuristic counterpart of the likewise by Jeremy Griffith still unrecognized third Impasse of the development of the elements in the universe…still ongoing, b.t.w…. as the elements of the periodic table forms within the stars, it reaches an impasse of gravitation by the element of Iron…all the heavier elements are formed by exploding stars, not by gravity… these would be the two temporal restrictions which IMO for the foreseeable future will keep the WTM within a “postmodern deconstructionist view”, unless any substantial change occurs…

  • Willow on May 29, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Wow, what captivating reading,so powerful, especially these words: ‘How precious is it then that understanding of the human condition has been found and this terrifying imminent prospect of the death-by-dogma end of the human race has been avoided!!’ It is just incredible to finally be able to understand everything about what it means to be a human and how it is the human condition that is the cause of all of humanity’s suffering and pain and how the precious, biological explanation of the human condition by Jeremy Griffith solves what I had previously thought was unsolvable, and in doing so brings an end to human upset. Thank you thank you for this email and all the emails I’m receiving-it’s the most anticipated in my inbox!!

  • jazz82 on May 30, 2017 at 10:45 am

    This is why I wont read the New York Times!

  • Matt on August 9, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Ok, this is close to my heart. I live in what has to be the most ‘pseudo idealistic’ country on earth – CALIFORNIA (we like to think its a country). The phrase is ‘pseudo idealistic’ is a new one to me, but I like it, it fits perfectly. What I see is not idealism, but smugness. And oh boy, the political correctness. There are some things you just can NOT do or say here or you will be hung and quartered. Strange times we live in.

  • Roland Parijs on December 27, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    I totally agree with the stupidety of politica correctness. A black Sheep has nothing to do with black as in negro, which by te way is Latin for black. If the word black is so offensive the why not get rid of it all to getier. Here in Holland we have a children festival called Sinterklaas. As a child I loved this festival even more the n my own birthday, Now Sinterklaas was a holeyman from Turkey who freed black chilslaves from bondige an gave them freedom and work. So every 5 december Sinterklaas and his black helpers Zwarte Pieten come to Holland, to give presents to the good children and to take with them the bad children to Spain.
    Lately someone said that this festival is racist and needs to stop. No more Zwarte Pieten. But if you paint them yellow you offert th Chinese, if you pain them red you offent the Indians!!
    Whil we are discussiegroep and arguing about this trival meter, heads are cut of by Isis in the Middle east, moslims are masacered in Birma. Utterly rediculous!
    Also the distincties between masculien and feminiene has been remover, for example, for docente we hav now only th male form docent, for directrice only the male form directeur. I aske my self, if th femmenist want it to have their way, why choose for the male form and not the gemalen form!

  • John TEMBO on January 5, 2018 at 5:28 am

    thanks very Mach am happy

  • Ferdinand on January 17, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    So their is something wrong in social behaviour. On wich people try to seek a sustainable solution.
    In fron, it is clear that not everbody can fit in in an ideal social group. there are (and probably will be) people we are acting a-social, Since a part of historical and potential survival is based on egoisme in poor times, I think this egoisme and a-social behaviour is coded in the genes, wich will be dominant in certain people, also in rich times, wich is logical, but it is not nice to live with those people.

    also the state of mind that the own family must survive, in favour of the own genes, is a contribution too conflict.

    I had an idea with is byting me in the ears, it is as follows.
    1. I want a good life
    2. maybe i mind if you have a good life also
    3. maybe i mind if my enviroment is healty
    now this
    1. most of the time people give one another a bad time if they dont have a good life themself
    example one, if somebpody else is sick, he/she can make me sick
    example two: if somebody else is poor, he/she probably going to steal from me
    example three: if somebody else is stupid he/se can give me problems

    my conclusion:
    i must try to make somebody betterhealthy, and make them wealthy (al though rich people steal also sometimes) and i must make somebody else smarter, and this all, so i can have a better life myself, why cant they do it themself ? they could be incapable off, but i benefit by a better condition of my eniviroment.
    the best part should be that the enviroment makes itself better. but i could not deny this is a social bond between me and my fellow man,
    helping another person is not always a goodthing, since, maybe he or she wants to boos me around or conquere me, or that person could be selffish or lazy. or be my concurent.
    so that is a major problem, helping others materialisticly has only sense if they have a good mentality.

    and helping other creatures like plant life on wich i depend, wich depends on a good animals and insect life and good human management is probably also benificial for my own health and good life.

    I want to take care of my fellow humans like if they where family, the problem is that they not behave that way and daont take care of me, and since this is a good but a not sustainable mentality, I couldone day fall for creed of egoisme just becuase i lpost my love for my fellow human, because he/she is treated me not as family.

    It is a unpersonal world with all this people, and as a human we act that way, maybe there is more change for a better society for people who know eachother all their life and when matrialsiticly their is wealth and their is a better understanding and a positive wat to be eachothers company, but i fairly think most humans are too poor in their wallet OR in their mind to have a conlfict free based society.
    so i think every idealisme should start be conquering the worst part of life and slowly works up to the best place that is sustainable
    thank you

  • Ferdinand on January 17, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    I gues the world needs social and technological advanced and nature loving people with a will too contribute to the world instead of only taking from it. in favor of a sustainable .future for all living creatures.

  • Penelope Savory on February 1, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Impressive and truthful journalism.

  • Melody on February 7, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Greetings all.
    I just wanted to say that the more I read your emails and refer back to the book over and over the clearer things get and its really quite nerve wracking to think how long mankind began his own journey of ‘human suffering’ self guilt and hate but made it more suffocating by proceeding to give up or give in to the dogmatic views of others out there. The thing is too that each man in his own right, even those who chose dogma, as the creators and followers were each and every one by right really and simply seekers of knowledge.
    I truly love the quote you have used here in this email by Socrates…”The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.”
    Wow I say this over and over and get excited because is it not so true that ignorance stands as a reason behind just about everything we are when we struggle and fall? And how wonderful does knowing how and why set us free?

    I would also like to mention something I read the other day from the book when Jeremy wrote “the only reason you can see things is when the sun comes up.” Put aside the perfection of the eye and the five senses and then so many mystical references out there that just bring confusion. I think his statement is stunningly and refreshingly magnificent. It brings us all straight into a simple truth that the sun is our light and when it goes down it is time to rest and sleep.
    Thank you so much for keeping me out in the sunlight because I now know why I see.

    Best regards

  • Melody Donovan on February 7, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Commenting on the sentence ‘Baa Baa…..sheep” – lets change it to Baa Baa all sheep have you any wool?” If it is offensive to some however.
    The thing is a black sheep is descriptive and so is a white sheep too. Since when does this offend anyone really because a sheep is a sheep and not a man?

  • Álvaro de Moura Mendes de Sousa on April 11, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Excelente escrita de grande actualidade
    Pena não ter tradução castelhana e portuguesa o levatia a muitos milhões de pessoas,fica aqui a sugestão?
    Porto,Portugal
    Álvaro de Moura Mendes de Sousa

  • Diana Anthony on May 23, 2018 at 7:36 am

    I didn’t see capitalism in your list of false dogmas. As the culmination of most of the other dogmas, and the most dangerous, I do not see the point of any of your efforts. This is a colossal fail.

    • Tommy on May 24, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      I may once have had the same opinion about capitalism Diana, but now understanding of the human condition has arrived — with deep gratitude to Jeremy Griffith and the WTM — and human behaviour and all it’s activities have been made transparent, it is clear that capitalism has played a vital role in the human journey. What is revealed is that even though it was corrupting, humanity’s heroic search for liberating self-knowledge/understanding has been the most important thing on the planet. And capitalism, even though it was destructive in so many ways, allowed humans to gain the material rewards necessary to keep going on that corrupting journey. Jeremy writes in FREEDOM, para 1092 “…the truth is that it was not communism that kept the human race going towards its goal of ending the human condition and all the devastation that resulted from it, but capitalism. Without the relief, reward, distraction and sustenance of materialism/material goods that the exchange of money or capital facilitated, humans would not have been able to cope with and carry on their upsetting, idealism-defying, heroic search for knowledge, ultimately self-knowledge.”
      This discussion comes down to understanding the huge difference between the left wing, which was oppressing the search for knowledge — and right wing, which facilitated it, and I really do see it as our collective responsibility to hear what Jeremy Griffith is saying especially in regard to the danger of the left wing. He is the only one that has actually got to the bottom of what is so dangerous about it, and in that sense he is a lone and prophetic voice, but that is how these things go as history tell us.
      And it is important to note that while Jeremy’s ideas make clear that capitalism and the right wing have been necessary or ‘good’, once the great burden of guilt is lifted from humanity’s shoulders our need for capitalism and the right wing come to an end (see the quote from essay 34 below).
      Jeremy deals with the left and right wing in detail in his book FREEDOM, starting with Chapter 8.13 and really through to the end of the Chapter at 8.16Q and it is a fascinating and highly recommended read. Similarly, essay 34 (https://www.humancondition.com/freedom-essays/understanding-human-condition-brings-end-to-politics/) and F. Essay 36 (https://www.humancondition.com/freedom-essays/saving-western-civilisation/) are superb.
      I greatly encourage you to persevere with digesting this highly confronting, but also fabulously liberating information Diana. I think in time you will revaluate your ‘fail’ comment and see this explanation as the long-awaited breakthrough humanity has been desperate for.
      —————————
      These are two extracts from Freedom Essay 34:
      “We can now see that the left-wing was actually being pseudo idealistic because true idealism required that we continue the upsetting search for knowledge until humanity found the understanding of the human condition that would genuinely bring an end to all the upset anger, egocentricity and alienation in the world. As was explained at some length in F. Essay 14, the left-wing was leading humanity to extinction, not to peace and happiness. Yes, we can now finally explain and understand that it was actually the left-wing not the right-wing that was the real threat to humanity. We can understand that, paradoxically, it was the right-wing in politics that actually held the moral high ground, that was doing the right thing, being truly idealistic.”

      “…the final irony of the saga of humanity’s great journey from ignorance to enlightenment is that the ideal world that the left-wing was dogmatically demanding is actually brought about by the right-wing winning its reality-defending, freedom-from-idealism, corrupting-search-for-knowledge battle against the freedom-oppressing pseudo idealistic dogma of the left-wing. Yes, with the freedom-from-dogma right-wing’s search for understanding of the human condition completed, the justification for the egocentric power-fame-fortune-and-glory-seeking way of life espoused by the right-wing ends, replaced by the ideal-behaviour-obeying attitude that the left-wing sought. In this sense, when the right-wing wins we all become left-wing; through the success of the philosophy of the right-wing, we all adopt the ideal values sought by the philosophy of the left-wing—but, most significantly, this time we are not abandoning an ongoing battle, we are leaving it won.”

    • O'Bryan Milligan on May 24, 2020 at 4:44 am

      Capitalism does not work without free markets and individual rights. It is first and foremost the idea of freedom to reap the rewards of your labor that has produced the wealth of the middle class, of supply and demand, Capitalism. If you don’t like the word capitalism you might try free markets.

  • Catherine on August 7, 2018 at 10:15 am

    I went to a specialist because l wanted answers l got recommendations to cover the symptoms. The problem would not be fixed. Some people are waiting for an event , but l think life is more a continuum, eternal. We build the society we want to live in, we become responsible or give our responsibility to others.

  • Sally Hart on August 28, 2018 at 3:39 am

    So far, so good UNTIL you state that only men are the true heroes of the world, and that environmentalism is a false dogma! Wow, aren’t you defending white male privilege and past societies’ war on nature so nicely ??

    • Susy on August 28, 2018 at 11:29 am

      This was a huge topic for me too Sally when I first came across these ideas especially coming from a feminist background. In fact understanding the seemingly pointless mad and angry world of men was my deep ‘aha’ moment where suddenly everything I’d struggled with all my life made sense. WHY are men so upset, so angry and egocentric? This question has now actually been answered! While Jeremy explains all humans are heroic, the role of actually searching for liberating self-understanding fell to men which is why they are so extremely corrupt, destructive and egocentric now. It was an absolute revelation to me, and I think will be for all women, that men have been doing the most valuable, most heroic job ever performed on Earth, and on behalf of us all, including all of nature. It’s a lot to get your head around but this understanding really does pull the blinds up on human behaviour and finally everything is transparently understood, I highly recommend you read Jeremy’s two essays on men and women, essays 26 and 27 (links below). I also come from a background in strong environmental leanings, and I have come to see that if we want to save the environment we must understand ourselves. What is so important about Jeremy Griffith’s work is that it explains the root cause of all the problems on Earth which is the human condition, it answers the age-old question of how can we be so selfish, angry and destructive when the ideals are to be loving and selfless? Gosh I hope you persevere with these logical rational and truly liberating understandings, I know it seems heretical, even blasphemous, and turns everything on it’s head but once you digest this a bit more you will start to see how this really does free everyone and everything, and how exciting a time we are living in. This is the ONLY thing that will bring lasting peace and freedom for humanity and the whole planet.
      https://www.humancondition.com/freedom-essays/men-and-women-reconciled/
      https://www.humancondition.com/freedom-essays/human-sex-explained/

  • Brady on October 20, 2018 at 12:49 am

    The scope of Jeremy’s innerstanding is as Melody so melodiously stated… “stunningly and refreshingly magnificent” !

    Innerstanding ( Urban Dictionary)
    absolute, heart-centred knowledge from the core inner being (Source)
    This word truly requires no description, as it is the zero point to knowledge and being. The knowing that all is perfect and happens for a reason (cause & effect) to move one towards learning and expansion.
    Innerstanding is the neutral point of understanding and overstanding – with the knowing coming from a place of acceptance and unconditional love – not being skewed by the human consciousness/ego/dragon.

  • John tembo on May 2, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Thank you

  • Myriam on July 18, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Very interesting read! As a forever-student of philosophy, I do not agree with the whole analysis (religion is for me the greatest dellusion and promoter of division, hatred and wars) but find the description of post-modernist values quite accurate. Indeed, education of the mind itself and ability to think is what lacks greatly in modern society. And that ability is key when it comes to listening, discussing, counter-argumenting and leading. Probably why good leaders are becoming fewer and farther between!

    • O'Bryan Milligan on May 24, 2020 at 4:36 am

      What of the contribution of Religion holding back the tide of fear and terror? It was after-all Religion that kept Plato alive for 1200 years and was responsible for most of the institutions of higher learning. Have you read Augustine, Luther, or the great Thomas Aquinas. Arnold Toynbee in his Civilization says that the hub of Western Civilization is/was the Cross, of making love the focus of the individual will. You blame religion for wars and hatred simply because these were part of the human condition. Perhaps rather than being the cause of these religion was the remedy of these until a more fortunate time. Certainly it was religion and religious men who brought world slavery to an end, first in England then in the US. Just a thought.

  • Millard Franklin Smith on December 12, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    After reading the content of the essay excerpts that you forwarded I still say you’re too long-winded but I don’t believe our ideals eyes far apart as I originally thought I will read it again and expound further on this very interesting subject exert excerpts 0

  • Lizzy on December 12, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I’m just astonished at the clarity of this essay. Politics has always been a real mystery to me but not now! Much gratitude to you WTM, Orwell’s boot was getting ever closer!

  • Nick O'Connor on February 5, 2020 at 4:09 am

    I’m interrupting the flow of reading to disagree with the assertion that the political right has supported a quest for understanding. Blatantly untrue. Climate change deniers, creationists, fascists, and military hawks: all mostly right-wing.

    I will now return to the essay.

    • Parsimony on March 9, 2020 at 10:33 am

      I think as you have read and digested more Nick, you would have probably come to the same conclusion as I have, which is that Griffith has nailed the issue, but I have shared this before and it is a particular interest of mine so I will post it again here. My start point for understanding Jeremy’s take on the right wing is that the fundamental principle of his explanation of the human condition is that human’s selfishness and egocentricity is a result of the search for knowledge. Once that is understood, whether you agree with it or not, it is easy to understand his explanation for left and right wing politics.

      Basically, Jeremy explains that right wing politics and capitalism is supportive of the search for knowledge because it fosters the by-products of the search for knowledge i.e. the right wing allows and encourages selfishness and egocentricity through its support of individualism and capitalism etc. So that is why Jeremy says the right wing is ‘aligned’ (my word, not his) with the search for knowledge, and in fact, with the whole human journey. The left wing on the other hand, through its philosophy of wanting to make everyone do and think ‘good’ things, like supporting the environment, and equality, and not behave egocentrically and selfishly, or in the extreme, imposing socialism and communism, is against the by- products of the search for knowledge, so it in essence opposes the search itself. There is also the added element that the left wing says that its imposition of ideal behaviour ‘is’ the answer to the human condition, so that obviously stymies the search for a real answer too. Obviously there are all sorts of permutations in what side of the divide people are, but that is the very simple reasoning for why Jeremy says that the right wing is pro the search or knowledge and left wing is against it. In my experience it is productive to boil down what Jeremy is saying in this way, in order to properly discuss or argue his statements about the political wings.

      Jeremy has also written an article about the left wing which was published in The Spectator, that may be of further interest to you and other readers, https://www.humancondition.com/the-fury-of-the-left-explained/

  • Annie Williams on February 29, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Shame this is repetitive and exceedingly drawn out.

    • Susan on March 2, 2020 at 9:00 am

      Thank you very much for your interest in the WTM Annie. It does take a while to digest the great significance of this information. As Video/Freedom Essay 1 outlines, the very nature of the human condition means that people can have a great deal of difficulty initially accessing or ‘hearing’ the explanations because the issue of the human condition has been the most terrifying of subjects to face and we have lived in almost total denial of it. Our minds suffer from a ‘deaf effect’ to what is being presented, with the consequence being that we struggle to read and absorb the liberating and transforming explanation of ourselves. What initially happens when discussion of the human condition begins is that our mind goes into shock and our protective denials begin to kick in and block the words and their meaning from entering our conscious awareness. At a certain point the words just wash over us, there is no absorption of them, and our minds effectively become ‘deaf’ to any more discussion of the human condition. Then, not knowing why we can’t take in what’s being written, we blame the presentation, believe it’s badly written, needs summarising, is repetitive, or editing. We suggest that with patient re-reading and watching the deaf effect can be overcome and I would recommend you watch/read Video/Freedom Essay 1 and also Video/Freedom Essay 11 which includes some very powerful quotes from people who have overcome their personal ‘deaf effect’. FAQ 1.16 is also very helpful answering the questions ‘why can’t I understand what this is all about?’ and ‘Why is there so much apparent repetition?’. It does take a while to fully appreciate the extent of our denial and the impact this has on the way we perceive or respond to the presentation.

  • Neil Halliday on May 26, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Let’s accept Jeremy’s explanation that the Right represents the search for knowledge, within the tragedy of “the human condition (psychosis resulting from conflict between unconscious instinct and conscious ego)”. Yet the Right can also be very closed-minded.

    For example MMT has explained the truth of money creation by fiat currency-issuing governments; but this truth is rejected by established mainstream neoliberal economists. In short: if the resources are available, sovereign currency issuing government, in contrast to private citizens, can issue debt-free money with which to buy those resources, with no possibility of inflation. Government does NOT need to borrow the money.

    eg, the covid19 rescue packages DO NOT have to be funded by government debt that has to be repaid with interest, since the food and accommodation required by laid-off workers already exist, so government can fund the lost wages of those workers with debt-free money – without causing inflation.

    So…. “it’s the economy, stupid”; recognition of MMT’s ability to eliminate poverty with a Job Guarantee (since there are sufficient resources to enable governments to employ every-one at above poverty level (not the same as ‘equality of outcome’ dreaded by the Right), will go a long way to elimination of the alienation and demoralisation associated with unemployment.