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This is Freedom Essay 37


The deeper meaning of Hollywood’s
superhero and disaster films


Throughout the three previous Freedom Essays (F. Essays 34, 35 & 36) it is explained that eventually humans’ search for knowledge, ultimately for understanding of the human condition, led to so much upset angry, egocentric and alienated behaviour that the temptation to give up the search became irresistible. As a result, many people have become advocates of abandoning the search, dogmatically insisting instead that everyone behave in a cooperative, loving, idealistic, ‘politically correct’ way. However, as those essays make clear, the only thing that gets us out of the human condition is understanding of the human condition, and so this left-wing culture, which is all about giving up on finding understanding, threatens the human race with terminal alienation and extinction.

Even though virtually all adult humans have resigned to a life of denying the whole issue of the human condition (see F. Essay 30), there is nevertheless everywhere in people a deep intuitive awareness of just how serious and dangerous our species’ plight isgiven, as just pointed out, that all the indications are that we are about to fail and never find the liberating understanding of our condition and instead perish in a horrible state of terminally alienated psychosis. And for evidence of our great anxiety we only have to look at the recent flood of movies and documentaries based on zombie, apocalyptic, escape-to-another-planet, ‘we are being attacked by aliens [by our own alienation]’, doomsday-preparation and other judgment-day-and-anxious-Bible-related epic themes.

This terrifying endgame situation in the human journey that all the disaster films evidence our awareness of is explained and described in some detail in F. Essay 55: Endgame for the human race.


Image from the film ‘The Day After Tomorrow’


And, with regard to our intuitive awareness of the now desperate need for someone to bravely face down what for almost everyone is the unfaceable issue of the human condition, and by so doing find the critically important redeeming and relieving explanation of it that alone can avert disaster, there has been an on-rush of superhero films and publicationssuch as the cartoons brought to life by the Marvel and DC franchises, the Star Wars trilogies featuring ‘the force’, and even the magical Harry Potter films.

Most significantly, in his commendation for Jeremy Griffith’s book FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition, Professor Harry Prosen, a former President of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, firstly acknowledged the seriousness of our species’ plight when he wrote that ‘I think the fastest growing realisation everywhere is that humanity can’t go on the way it is going. Indeed, the great fear is we’re entering endgame where we appear to have lost the race between self-destruction and self-understanding’, and then, described how Jeremy has achieved the seemingly impossible, superhero-type task of confronting and solving the human condition, writing that ‘Astonishing as it is, this book by Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith presents the 11th hour breakthrough biological explanation of the human condition necessary for the psychological maturation and transformation of our species.’

Yes, it has been this quest for ‘self-understanding’, understanding of our ‘good’ and ‘evil’ conflicted human condition, that lay at the heart of our obsession with superheroes. Despite the left-wing’s deluded attempts to shut down the search for knowledge, we all in truth did intuitively know that it was only by finding the reconciling ‘self-understanding’ of our human condition that we could save ourselves from the imminent disaster of ‘self-destruction’. BUT finding that liberating understanding did require a seemingly superhero-type effort by someone to confront the terrifying issue of the human conditionand who was going to undertake that frightening task because, as the philosopher Sir Laurens van der Post has written, ‘He who tries to go down into the labyrinthine pit of himself, to travel the swirling, misty netherlands below sea-level through which the harsh road to heaven and wholeness runs, is doomed to fail and never see the light where night joins day unless he goes out of love in search of love’ (see par. 1285 of FREEDOM). Yes, as the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote about the unbearable ‘cliffs of fall’ of depression that would overcome anyone who tried to confront the human condition if they weren’t sufficiently sound in soul and full of ‘love’: ‘O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall, frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed’ (see par. 108 of FREEDOM). (See Video/​F. Essay 10 for an explanation of what exactly the terrifying issue of the human condition is.)

Indeed, this is what the human race has been waiting for, someone sound enough to confront and by so doing ‘fathom’/​solve the human condition, and whenever we thought about that task from our human-condition-terrified positions, it did seem like a superhuman undertaking. But, amazingly, it is that ultimate ‘road’ ‘down into the labyrinthine pit of’ ourselves to achieve ‘heaven and wholeness’ that Jeremy Griffith has succeeded in undertakingthe result of which is, as mentioned, his seminal masterpiece book FREEDOM.

So the fabulous news is that humanity has won the ‘race between self-destruction and self-understanding’, because the redeeming, reconciling and rehabilitating understanding of the human condition has at last been found and presented in FREEDOM.



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online advertisement for FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition


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Watch Jeremy Griffith present his breakthrough redeeming explanation of the human condition in Video/​F. Essay 3, or read chapter 1 of FREEDOM. You can also read more of Professor Prosen’s thoughts on the significance of FREEDOM in F. Essay 19. We also recommend the three essays preceding this one, F. Essays 34, 35 & 36 that explain the threat posed by left-wing pseudo idealism. Video/​F. Essay 14: The false ‘savage instincts’ excuse leads to the extinction of humans is also a critically important essay that explains how the left-wing employs the false savage instincts excuse to justify the dogmatic imposition of cooperative ideals on our supposedly competitive and aggressive unchangeable instincts, a dogmatic insistence that has the potential to stop humanity from ever liberating itself from the human condition.


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  • Connie on April 14, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    I am thoroughly enjoying what I am learning through Jeremy Griffith’s generous sharing of his life’s work in Freedom. As a 76 year old retired teacher, I am delighted with this stage of my life, with the time to gather the insights I have learned and to recognize that I am aware enough now to grasp the integral connectedness of everything I have ever experienced as a human being. I am so very grateful for all my sources of learning, especially the continued input from WTM.

  • Diana on April 16, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    I am so grateful and happy to be able to have this knowledge of Jeremy Grithers work and if it sometimes takes me a while to process I still have the information there in my subconscious and can sometimes bring it back in conversation.

  • nomad on April 20, 2017 at 11:49 am

    I particularly like the analysis of the superheroes, and how the human condition has been so terrifying that we had to imagine someone with superpower getting to the bottom of the ‘labyrinthine pit of’ ourselves. But someone has.

  • RJ on May 1, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Our subconscious knows it all. How absolutely fabulous to be alive when this biological understanding arrives, allowing the human condition to finally and legitimately end. No longer do we need to sit glued to our tv sets or cinema screens watching our latest superhero obsession, underneath pining for the world to be saved. As nomad says the bottom of the labyrinthine pit has been reached by Jeremy Griffith. The ultimate story is now unfolding in real time before our eyes! Everything we have ever dreamed of is here. We can finally see that we/ ourselves/ the whole of humanity has been the centre of the most amazing story this world has ever seen and the future before us is breathtakingly wonderful! Leaves ‘Lord of the Rings’ for dust!

  • Michael on May 29, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Every now and then some new and suitable piece of information fits very well into an existing network of words of substance, and the expression “heaven and wholeness” turned out to be just this diamond of the day for me…instead of just being left with anticipating a paradise in heaven after death, another equally rewarding possibility seems now to be in the realm of our earthly dominion when the concept of “wholeness”, i.e. psychological balance between personal opposites can be seen as a comparable alternative… very good!!! :)

  • Matt on August 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Yes ‘heaven and wholeness’ is a powerful phrase, and with this stuff it does seem to be within our grasp. Who would have thought? And hey, I like the superhero book at the end. Fitting but funny.

  • Roland Parijs 陆蓝克 on December 15, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    It is alway said that Hell is below and Heaven above in the sky (Heaven has a nice warm temprerature because of the hell fire below :-)).
    But reading the wonderful book of Jeremie Griffith it is not that at all, it lies in between, meanig you have to go to hell to get to heaven as I understood.
    As I study Chinese I looked up for fun the name of the author of this magnificent book

    杰里密 格里菲斯 Jié lǐ mǐ Gé lǐ fēi sī

    杰里密 roughly translates as Hero in (finding) secret,

    Well he certainly is!

  • Grant on December 23, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Great need to know information.
    Hopefully those who need this info take the time the to review .

  • Alice on February 17, 2018 at 11:11 am

    That is why during this century 9 out of ten people will have a religion. Having a religion helps man to understand our human condition which is also spiritual. I’m catholic so for me it is very simple to understand life and what is good and bad and the limits and liberties included in the christian faith.
    Alice – Portugal

  • Dr. Tevin on June 23, 2018 at 2:10 am

    Yes, we know all of the resolve to apply to recover natures life systems. Yes we know we must unite as a human family to live free and for each others well being. Yes, we know we must eliminate hierarchy, rule of law, and the burden of co$t borders and war and poverty and molestation immediately. No one has power over others. We call this understanding and the Resource Based Economy.

  • Hameed Adejumo on February 15, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    I enjoy reading the fortnightly essays when it is limited to three to four pages, anything more is not convenient for me to read and understand in one go. It requires full concentration and slow readidng to really grasp the concept of what is being read. Although I have created a folder in my computer where I file all these essays for future reference.

    I am still reading Freedom for the second time and it appears I may still have to re-read again to absorb and gain the benefit of the full understading of the human condition.

    • Tommy on February 16, 2019 at 11:01 am

      Essay 1 is such a favourite of mine, we just can’t underestimate how scared we are and have been of the whole HC subject and therefore of course how it affects how much we can initially take in. That’s just how denial works and further, when you’re in denial you aren’t aware you are, as being aware would defeat the purpose! And being unaware of why we can’t hear it, we blame the presentation as that essay also helpfully outlines. You are on the right and sensible course Hameed with your re-reading, the success of which I can personally attest to. ‘Patient perseverence’ I think is what essay 1 calls it and is exactly what is required to overcome the deaf effect, the rewards being more than you could ever dream of! Also Hameed I’ve found the essays are all available in one spot on the WTM website,

  • Guilherme Morgado on February 22, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Good and realistic information. Congratulations.

  • Fernando de La Vieter Nobre on March 1, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    It is obvious that the humanity’s confrontation is between the choice between “to be” and “to have”. As medical doctor acting as humanitarian in almost 85 countries since 45 years, and visited more than 185, and as Professor in Medical Faculty of the Lisbonne University, I agree with many of your comments. The big challenge is to know if our deep sick humanity as the time to achieve her transformation in those fasting and tragic times…

    • Tony Gowing on March 3, 2019 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you for your comments Dr Nobre, which are much appreciated given the scope of your experience in, and dedication to, dealing with the horrors of the human condition.

      You are right to say that the challenge is whether or not we’re able to embrace understanding of ourselves given the tragic state of the world and the terminal levels of alienation we are living with.

      You may not yet have watched Videos 1-4 (and 14 is also important) on our homepage at, but these videos summarise our species plight, the cause of it and the solution, which, as you say, there is now an absolutely desperate need for. We are indeed in the balance.

      We’re extremely grateful for your interest, Dr Nobre, and hope that it continues to grow.

  • John tembo on May 11, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Hi, thank you for every thing you have sending to me to lean

  • Jose Oriol Cases romani on November 30, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Hy!!🙂i am enjoying very much your reading, full of knowledge, understanding and wisdowm,makes me feel that we are not so alone as thought! ! thankyou so much!!🤗🤗

  • Renato Carvalho on March 6, 2020 at 2:26 am

    You talk about the bad influence of left-wing, which I agree, but what about the right-wing? Is it “right” for you? Do you really think that left versus right are for real? I’m convinced that this is just a way of manipulating and controlling people through separation of supposed ideologies. Behind the curtains both manipulators, from fakes”left” and “right”, drink champagne and eat caviars to the success of theirs manipulations. What do you have to say about that?

    • Susan on March 6, 2020 at 3:29 pm

      It’s great to have your interest Renato! Thank you for your comment and questions. In answer to your first question you may be interested in reading this article written by Jeremy which was published in The Spectator, Both the Left and the Right suffer from the human condition but the key point that article makes is that the fundamental challenge of being a human is to resist the temptation of ‘relief hunting’, which is what the Right do resist, and the Left doesn’t. In bringing understanding to the human condition, it brings compassionate and thus safe understanding to ALL of human behaviour, be it our individual lives, or politics and the whole democratic process, or religion, the relationship between men and women or different races etc. What you discover is this explanation unravels the seemingly impenetrable and insoluble confusion of human life and actually reconciles the polarities that currently exist — for instance the divide between the left and right wing in politics. As Freedom Essay 34 outlines it allows us to understand the real merits and liabilities of both the left and right wing and thankfully such understanding brings the whole ugly business of politics to an end.

  • Mary on April 29, 2021 at 1:35 am

    I have read just about all of your online essays. I was waiting for the “how-to” part to make these realizations part of our individual lives and part of our whole culture. Did I miss something?
    Thank you.

    • WTM Admin on April 30, 2021 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you Mary for your question. It does take a little while to fully grasp the significance of this new science of having our fundamental goodness biologically established but once you do we guarantee you will be jumping out of your skin with excitement. Honestly, this is all so freeing of our lives—in fact, so relieving of any and every situation—the excitement is nearly too much to bear! Our brief FAQ 1.5 summarises this and then we recommend you re-visit Freedom Essay 15 ‘How our lives can be immediately transformed’. Also our Transformation page is brimming with invaluable insight and personal affirmations as to the ‘how to’. We also offer personal video calls which people find most helpful — on our WTM Community page you’ll see examples of the topics covered in these calls and how to contact us to organise a call.