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This is Freedom Essay 34

 

Thankfully, finding understanding of the
human condition brings an end to the whole
now horrifically polarised world of politics

 

Written by Jeremy Griffith, 2017

 

Since this Freedom Essay 34 elaborates on what was explained in Video/​F. Essay 14, I recommend reading that earlier essay before this one. What Video/​F. Essay 14 describes is 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.) As this essay 34 will further emphasise, the great danger of the left-wing’s dogmatic imposition of cooperative and loving behaviour is that it 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.

To briefly go over this paradoxical situation that the human race has been involved in where it has had to suffer upset in order to become free of upset. The fully accountable, psychosis-addressing-and-solving, real biological explanation of the human condition that is presented in Video/​F. Essay 3 and chapter 1 of my book FREEDOM reveals that when we humans became fully conscious some 2 million years ago a battle for the management of our lives broke out between our already established gene-based, naturally-selected instinctive orientations and our newly emerged nerve-based, understanding-dependent, self-adjusting, fully conscious mind.

 

Clash between nerves and genes

 

What happened was that our instincts in effect criticised and opposed our conscious mind’s necessary search for knowledgeand the only way to stop this condemning criticism, and thus end the battle, was to be able to explain and understand why we had to search for knowledge and defy our instincts. But we were only just setting out in search of knowledge and it was a journey that would take us until now to find that redeeming explanationwhich, as mentioned, is the difference between the nerve-based learning system that operates from a basis of understanding the world, and the gene-based learning systems that can only give species’ orientations to the world around them. Without that clarifying explanation, all we could do throughout those 2 million years was defy our instincts by attacking them, trying to prove them wrong, and by blocking out their criticism. The psychologically upset behaviours of anger, egocentricity and alienation emerged as our only means of coping while we searched for this understanding of our situation/​condition that would end our need to be retaliatory, defensive and insecure.

 

Adam Stork

 

Obviously, at any time we could give up the upsetting search for knowledge‘fly back on course’ in the Adam Stork analogyand we would feel good because we would no longer be adding to the anger, egocentricity and alienation in ourselves and in the world. But doing that was fundamentally irresponsible because we were abandoning the search for knowledge which we needed to pursue until we found self-knowledge, understanding for why we had become upset sufferers of the angry, egocentric and alienated human condition. In fact, giving up the upsetting search for knowledgeand then dishonestly and deludedly trying to justify it by saying it was the right thing to do because we were ‘stopping’ all the anger, egocentricity and alienation in the worldmeant we were opposing humanity’s efforts to actually bring an end to all the anger, egocentricity and alienation. We weren’t just abandoning the heroic battle to find knowledge, we were actively campaigning against it! We were behaving in an extremely destructive way, even though we were deluding ourselves that what we were doing was constructive, progressive and good.

This insight finally allows us to understand the real merits and liabilities of the left and right wings of politics. When a journalist said that ‘the great twin political problems are the brutality of the right and the dishonesty of the left’ (see par. 302 of FREEDOM), we can now understand that he was referring to the right-wing’s emphasis on continuing the upsetting, brutal search for knowledge free from the oppression of the dishonesty and delusion of the left-wing that maintained we were being good by opposing upset angry, egocentric and alienated behaviour and dogmatically imposing loving, selfless and cooperative ideal, ‘politically correct’ values.

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 Video/​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. As summarised in Video/​F. Essay 14, while the right-wing and the left-wing were both using the dishonest ‘savage instincts’ biology to justify their philosophies, we can now at last explain and understand that the right-wing was using it in the cause of good, namely in support of the upsetting search for knowledge, while the left-wing was using it in the cause of what was bad, indeed, extremely dangerous, namely in blocking and even determinedly opposing that all-important upsetting search for knowledge.

 

Donald Trump

Donald Trump,
Republican President of the USA

Theresa May

Theresa May,
Conservative Prime Minister of Great Britain

 

So the truth was not as it appeared. The corrupting journey for knowledge, ultimately self-knowledge/​understanding of the human condition, that the right-wing was championing, made them the heroes not the villains. As it says about the great paradox of the human condition in the musical Man of La Mancha (which is based on the story of Don Quixote), we humans had to be prepared to ‘march into hell for a heavenly cause’ (Joe Darion, The Impossible Dream, 1965). We had to lose ourselves to find ourselves. We had to be prepared to suffer self-corruption if we were to become free of the human condition.

When the science historian Jacob Bronowski wrote that ‘We are nature’s unique experiment to make the rational intelligence prove itself sounder than the reflex [instinct]. Knowledge is our destiny. Self-knowledge, at last bringing together the experience of the arts and the explanations of science, waits ahead of us’ (The Ascent of Man, 1973, p.437 of 448), he was recognising that humans’ greatest need has been to find this reconciling understanding between our instinct and intellect.

The big problem, however, has been that the longer the corrupting search for this reconciling insight continued, the more upset humans became and the more tempting it was to give up the search and adopt the artificial relief of pseudo idealism. And it is precisely this endgame situation that has now arrived, where many people have become advocates of dogmatically imposing cooperative, selfless and loving ideal values on our knowledge-searching lives (see F. Essay 55 for further explanation and evidence of this endgame state). The advocates of dogma are threatening the freedom needed to question, think and find (and then accept) understanding. As the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche warned the exhausted human race, ‘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: A Book for Everyone and No One, 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).

Basically, the virtuous, righteous, pseudo idealistic causes we humans have taken up after becoming ‘fatigued’, such as socialism, new ageism, feminism, environmentalism, multiculturalism, globalisationism, anti-capitalism, political correctism and post-modernism, all represented false starts to a human-condition-free worldbecause, once again, the real start to an anger, egocentricity and alienation-free world depended on continuing the upsetting search for knowledge until we found the reconciling understanding of the human condition. As Bronowski and Nietzsche respectively said, ‘Knowledge is our destiny’ and the anti-knowledge, anti-truth and anti-progress of dogma is ‘its worst enemy’.

 

Left Wing, Right Wing, Knowing

 

So while pseudo idealism has given idealism a bad name and horribly discredited the real start to a human-condition-free world, now that the understanding of the human condition needed for that real start has been found, the great transformation of the human race from the upset state of the human condition can and has legitimately begunand with that understanding of the human condition found, the delusion of the left-wing is exposed and the work of the right is completed, which thankfully brings an end to the whole ugly business of politics.

As summarised in paragraph 1136 of FREEDOM, 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-wingbut, most significantly, this time we are not abandoning an ongoing battle, we are leaving it won.

In the next essay, F. Essay 35, this exposé of the extreme danger of the left-wing philosophy of dogmatically imposing cooperative and loving behaviour, will be further revealed with a description of the progression that has taken place over the last 200 years to ever more guilt-stripped and dangerously dishonest forms of pseudo idealism.

 

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Read more about how the explanation of the human condition puts an end to politics in chapter 3:9 of FREEDOM, or Part 2 of the booklet Transform Your Life And Save The World.

 

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
distribution and marketing of the videos/​essays, and for providing subscriber support.

 

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  • worldwanderer on May 25, 2017 at 7:00 am

    The concept of the threat of left-wing dogma has always challenged me when i have read Griffith’s work. In this latest email, the final para graph really helps me in understanding and accepting the full picture. Both sides have had a role to play i guess. Those roles are no redundant. We can now actually get on with saving the world and allowing true idealism to exist for the first time. Thank God for that!

  • Michael on May 25, 2017 at 7:40 am

    As good and exact to the point of the nature of the human condition as Jeremy Griffith´s findings and explanations are, this E-mail nr. 34 still reveals to me the constantly reappearing tiny flaw in his thinking which to my mind constitutes a threshold of ignorance beyond which a good part of us humans function, a flaw which seems to replicate the ignorance which the world transformation movement claims to have overcome by identifying for instance the concept of “loveindoctrination” or nervelearning as opposed to genetic learning…..what I´m referring to is the portraying in the newsletter of new ageism as a ‘false start’… this general categorisation of the phenomenon of “new age” among the other -ism’s clearly shows to me that it doesn’t matter how far back in human history, evolutionary history, geological history or even universal development one’s probing mind ventures, or how deep one’s psychological knowledge penetrates, if not all the duck’s are lined up in a straight row, the whole reasoningchain selfgenerates a problem… new age is not an ordinary psychologically rooted -ism, but an objective description of a celestial phenomenon with religious consequences, just as relevant for a curious mind today as ever the world transformation movement’s core message is… dismissing this viewpoint as criticism, delusion, narrowmindedness or unwillingness to see things from another perspective is IMO tantamount to prejudicial thinking and scientific myopia…

  • Matt on May 25, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Compared with what I get in my inbox and read in the papers every day, that is so deeply deeply profound that I am not only refreshed, but almost rendered speechless. ‘Almost’, because I do want to say how riven our society is over here (US), with the left and right at each others throats making any sort of functional governance impossible, whichever side of the fence you are on. My leanings are toward the right, so this understanding is vindicating, for want of a better word, and if the left can accept it, then it has to the only way out of this terrible mess. I will do my best to use this understanding.

  • Kenneth on June 23, 2017 at 3:39 am

    We are living in the dark ages,totally unaware of our ignorance
    So much progress to be made,we are so backward ,it is amazing,
    There are wonderful caring people being ignored
    And bigots adored ,
    Donald Trump ,is the proof,

  • 72poorboy on June 23, 2017 at 8:29 am

    There is a nuance here – well it pretty much central to Griffith’s email – that I am seeing gets overlooked. It is that even though Trump may be a buffoon and a bigot (and you wont get any argument from me on that), the issue is that psychologically, and in terms of humanity’s journey to find understanding, his egocentricity is more healthy than a left wing mentality, which by trying to make us all behave ‘nicely’, shuts down the freedom needed to continue the search for knowledge. It takes a bit of effort to grasp, but once you do, that nuance has an amazing effect on how you view everything that is going on.

  • Kenneth on June 26, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Religion is doing the same thing
    Both trying to do your thinking for you
    Spreading ,Wisdom and stupidity
    Acting all knowing ,but totally ignorant, at the same time
    I am aware of my ignorance
    Because I studied, many subjects,
    Most people just form opinions and fix them in their minds
    As replies ,bon voyage

  • George C. on June 26, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Griffith’s explanation DOES allow a whole new approach, as is explained in the final paragraph: “when the right-wing wins we all become left-wing; through the success of the philosophy of the right-wing, we all adopt the philosophy of the left-wing — but, most significantly, this time we are not abandoning an ongoing battle, we are leaving it won.”

  • BOBPENN on July 10, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    I remember saying to my wife about how humanity will eventually get to a peaceable state, that it wll happen when people truly want it, when enough of us want it, then a natural kind of situation will develop, like is written above. I suppose, that is what is happening to Humanity now, right before our eyes.

  • AliceW on July 11, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Hi BOBPENN, what happened for me is that being able to ‘know’ or understand life replaced my faith in life in the most unexpected and profound way because I could understand that co-operation or goodness or selflessness or love was actually the meaning of existence, was actually God! I didn’t have to just hope that was true I could understand through the laws of physics that it is true. It took me a little while to work the depth and breadth of what Jeremy explains through but what a gift I was given when I persisted. Knowledge replaced my faith and certainty replaced my hope and this has given me such comfort and inspiration and direction in my life I never thought was possible. That is when you understand how this knowledge can save the world because it saves you. It is like an ‘awakening’ as you quite rightly describe it. It’s wonderful to have this place to share our experiences and yes keep reading and thinking and you will soon see just how powerful this explanation is.

  • William on July 27, 2017 at 7:26 am

    This is brilliant, it’s actually simple when you get your head around how all this works, but completely mind boggling before. What looks right is wrong and whats seemed wrong is right???? I’ve always just known that the left wing/greenies just stink with smuggness but at the same time its so tempting to grab that moral superiority for yourself. And lets face it, trying and openly defend selfishness has been just about impossible even though we are all so selfish. Adam Stork is my hero.

  • Katie Butcher on August 2, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Jeremy Griffith’s “breakthrough” is not even close to offering a real solution to the human problem.

    It is all based on false assumptions, illogical thinking and a lot of egoic delusion.

    I am amazed that anyone has taken this seriously, as it is so easy to prove wrong.

    The real solution to the human problem has been known for thousands of years, which is to abandon the false mind-made self, the ego.

    This alone returns us to our natural state of loving co-operation.

    This alone brings us out of Plato’s dark cave of egoic delusion into the understanding of our true selves, which is enlightenment.

    For anyone who is truly interested in freeing themselves of all egoic suffering, which is the human condition, I suggest watching this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw9zSMsKcwk

    Studying the works of Jiddu Krishnamurti, or any other enlightened person, such as Eckhart Tolle will help you far more than Jeremy Griffith’s so called “breakthrough” will ever do.

    Love and Best Wishes, Katie. xx

    • nomad on August 11, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      Humanity has long held a hope and vision of the arrival of a liberated, upset-free, integrated, peaceful world where we all live in a “natural state of loving co-operation”. While the New Age Movement, and the many other pseudo-idealistic movements with all their gurus, deluded themselves that the idealistic, peaceful world could be achieved through people artificially restraining, sublimating and even transcending their upset, corrupted condition (or “false mind-made self…ego”), the truth is that state could only be achieved through confronting and solving the human condition. The New Age Movement, and other pseudo-idealistic movements were teaching people to adopt even greater levels of denial. They were not leading the world to a new age of freedom, as they proclaimed, but away from it. More is said about the extreme delusion and danger of pseudo-idealism in chapter 9:6 of Jeremy Griffith’s book FREEDOM, including the following:
      “There had to be a biological explanation for our species’ non-ideal divisive, competitive, aggressive, angry, even-brutal-and-mean, selfish, self-obsessed, indifferent-to-others, arrogant, egocentric, deluded, defensive, escapist, superficial, artificial, alienated, despairing, lonely, depressed lives, and our fundamental responsibility as conscious beings was to find that ameliorating explanation. So while it could be immensely relieving giving up the all-important, upsetting search for knowledge, our fundamental responsibility as conscious beings was not to give up that search. To include some of what Jacob Bronowski said in his concluding statement to his 1973 television series and book of the same name, The Ascent of Man: ‘I am infinitely saddened to find myself suddenly surrounded in the west by a sense of terrible loss of nerve, a retreat from knowledge into – into what? Into…falsely profound questions about, Are we not really just animals at bottom; into extra-sensory perception and mystery. They do not lie along the line of what we are now able to know if we devote ourselves to it: an understanding of man himself. We are nature’s unique experiment to make the rational intelligence prove itself sounder than the reflex [instinct]. Knowledge is our destiny. Self-knowledge, at last bringing together the experience of the arts and the explanations of science, waits ahead of us.’”

    • Roland Parijs 陆蓝克 on December 21, 2017 at 12:26 am

      But isn’t that what Griffith is more or less saying? Before when whe lived in a loving cooperative state, we had no Ego, the Ege came with consiouness. If you are not consiouss you wont be counsious of your self, hence you have no Ego. Now we according kno the cause of the problem we can lat loos our Ego and go back to the loving cooperative state.

  • Sam on December 21, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Great info. Thx;)

  • John TEMBO on February 1, 2018 at 5:44 am

    I thank people of conversation team for this book which give me a lot knowledge I have gone through reading I have leaned a bout elephant in a dark room, I have leaned lifts winning and light winning very interesting

  • yvanmcgregor on March 7, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Coming out of the cave will be a long-long process(HOWEVER WE ARE ON THE MOVE+!)

  • Rita Carmona on May 16, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Great ! This title looks like a miracle. But when you read the essay you realize that it is absolutely right. You cannot find one error in each one of these sentences.
    Thank You, Fiona Cullen-Ward, Jeremy Griffith, Damon Isherwood and Brony Fitzgerald .
    Thank You, Sidney WTM Centre.

    Rita Carmona

  • Rosita Welcker on June 7, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    I agree totally is whats happens today the world lost the integroty the moral and they don’t think their mind is a obstacle !! And socialism obstruyed their minds

  • Myke Scott on July 1, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Thank you for this essay explaining left vs right in politics. It has shed light on the way forward in my personal search for knowledge and helped make sense of the current polarization of politics.

  • Anabela Attlesey on July 15, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    I am in complete aww.
    I believe that talking to like minded people opened my heart to understanding the human species.

  • Michael Parkhill on October 13, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    Hi thankyou for sending me your essays on wtm, I think I’ve read the majority of them now. I’m wondering if you have sent one to the acclaimed psychologist Jordan Peterson, who talks about the same subject matter but in a different way.
    I’m sorry but I find the way that the multi phrases are used puts me off a bit and makes it a bit rambling. I’m sorry for the criticism but I think it’s a bit off putting and makes it a hard read. I’ll give an example. “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.” This is a bit rambling and off putting.This is by no means the worst!! Maybe a slight rewrite would get your message across in a better way. Sorry to criticise as I think you have done a marvellous job..i hope you have the strength to accept constructive criticism which is given in all best intentions from a normal bloke trying to search for truth, and with great thanks for efforts.

    • WTM Admin on October 14, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      Hi Michael. Thank you for your interest in the WTM and thank you for your suggestion of Jordan Peterson, no doubt you would have read the reference to him in Freedom Essay 14.

      With regard to your comments about Jeremy’s work being too rambly and needing to be re-written, we are always trying to make our presentations as accessible as possible but the very nature of the human condition means that people can have difficulty initially assessing or ‘hearing’ the explanations that are presented on this website. We highly recommend you read Freedom Essay 11 (https://www.humancondition.com/freedom-essays/the-difficulty-of-reading-freedom/) which is all about the biggest challenge to overcome in communicating this information, which is what we term the ‘deaf effect’. The Essay explains why there is initially such a difficulty in reading about the human condition, which Plato predicted, and the solution to it.

      What can make it difficult to ‘hear’ our presentations is that the subject of the human condition has historically been off-limits, a complete no-go-zone. This is because until we could understand the human condition—that is, understand why we humans are competitive, aggressive and selfish when the universal ideals are to be cooperative, loving and selfless (a brief explanation of which appears in Video/Freedom Essay 3 https://www.humancondition.com/freedom-essays/the-explanation-of-the-human-condition/)—all we could sensibly do was avoid the subject. In fact, it has been so difficult for humans to look at the human condition that we have practiced almost total denial of it, and it is this practiced denial that can make taking in or ‘hearing’ discussion about it so challenging. 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 or editing.

      And significantly, the whole problem of humans living in what Plato described as a ‘cave of denial’, and the resulting difficulty people variously have of not being able to take in or hear any discussion from outside that ‘cave of denial’, has been experienced by all ‘out-of-cave’, denial-free thinkers. Christ, for example, said, ‘Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say…The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God [living in a resigned state of denial of the human condition causes you to suffer from a ‘deaf effect’ where you’re unable to take in or ‘hear what I say’ about the human condition]’ (John 8:43-47); and ‘The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness [those resigned to living in Plato’s dark cave of denial of the human condition] has not understood it’ (John 1:5) (see Freedom Essay 39: Christ explained https://www.humancondition.com/freedom-essays/christ-explained/). So, the ‘deaf effect’ is not just a problem that occurs when reading about the human condition, it also occurs when trying to listen to somebody talking about the human condition, because as Christ said, ‘Why is my LANGUAGE not clear to you?’.

      As is presented in Freedom Essay 11, we have found that what is needed to overcome the ‘deaf effect’ is a preparedness to re-read and/or re-listen to what is being written or said. This process erodes our historic denial and counters the deaf effect, allowing the compassionate and immensely relieving insights to become accessible. Included in the Essay are some very powerful quotes from people who have overcome their personal deaf effect and the fabulous reward that it opens up. Freedom Essay 12 may also be very helpful as it is a wonderful ‘deaf effect’ eroding presentation (https://www.humancondition.com/freedom-essays/one-hour-introductory-talk/) and also of interest may be the beginning of the WTM’s interactive Deaf Effect Course which can be found in Freedom Essay 13 (https://www.humancondition.com/freedom-essays/the-wtm-deaf-effect-course/).

      We do hope you persevere with absorbing the information Michael as it does take some time to fully appreciate the extent of our denial and the impact this has on the way we perceive or respond to the presentation.

  • Gene Baldwin on March 11, 2019 at 9:10 am

    How is the right wing of politics correct when President Trump In bodies everything you say is bad in your videos. Selfish egotistical greedy racist hateful on and on

    • Damon on March 12, 2019 at 7:56 am

      Gene, the great paradox that is presented and explained in Jeremy’s work, is that selfish, egocentric behaviour has been ‘good’! As Jeremy says in the Essay above, and is explained in depth in Video/F. Essay 3, ‘So the truth was not as it appeared. The corrupting journey for knowledge, ultimately self-knowledge/​understanding of the human condition, that the right-wing was championing, made them the heroes not the villains.’ The final irony of course, again as Jeremy explains above, 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.’

  • Kate Bathurst on August 29, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Find your information very interesting and because I enjoy exploring theories and ways to improve and address challenges in our global society. Where I believe all individuals are equal and that all begin life innocent of the influences of society and environmental influences. I am concerned as you are bring politics into this theory and separating left and right political perspectives designating an opinion of one party being a negative influencer and the other a positive influencer. As an independent I find myself in agreement and disagreement with both political parties and their behaviors, motives, control, and manipulative mindsets. The underline need for power, and control over others or labeling people with a right or wrong mindset. When actually much of political agenda’s are the same. Sadly, I will continue to read your perspectives however, feel disappointed that you’ve pushed a political mindset. We are all a part of the human race and the love, respect, and courtesy we show one another is essential if we are going to end the cycle of violence, division, and lack of equality.

    • Susan Susan on August 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

      Hi Kate, thank you very much for your interest in the WTM.
       
      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 this Essay 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. I also would recommend Freedom Essay 14.
       
      What you will discover the more you absorb this breakthrough understanding Kate is that it’s the underlying issue of the human condition — our capacity for what has been called ‘good’ and ‘evil’ — that really has to be addressed and fixed if we are to solve the world’s problems including the horrific ‘cycle of violence, division, and lack of equality’ on this planet. Only this psychosis-addressing-and-solving, real explanation of the human condition can stop the destruction of our world and the disintegration of society that is happening everywhere we look.

  • Neil Halliday on October 9, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    I would say the “corrupting search for knowledge” exits on both sides of the political spectrum.
    eg, Marx was an economist, and is surely no more responsible for “the (unbearable) human condition” than Adam Smith.
    Nevertheless, the whole topic is worthy of exploration and dissemination around the world.

  • Parsimony on October 12, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Couldn’t agree more Neil that this topic is worthy of exploration; in fact the more I absorb it, the more I am convinced that Griffith’s understanding of the human condition brings an end to politics, and that it is this unlocking insight that has to be disseminated in particular.
    There are pros and cons to both sides of politics and in my opinion this essay outlines them well. I have shared this before, but the start point for any discussion of a ‘symptom’ of the human condition, which is what the left and right wing of politics are, 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. 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 (ie Adam Smith) 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 (Marx is referred to in the next document essay 35), 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 opinion it is productive to discuss or argue this essential principle behind the two wings.

  • Angela on November 18, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    This is a beautifully presented essay and explains so well how the whole ugly business of politics can now end. It is such a paradox that has been mentioned by others who have commented on this thread. The right wing appear wrong but in actual fact they are right; the left wing appear right, when in actual fact they are wrong. When described in this way, it is not surprising to hear that people are struggling to comprehend it. However, for me, it really was about reading and re-reading it. After a while, it began to make total sense. When I was finally able to ‘hear’ what was being said, it became very clear that the left wing’s use of the false ‘savage instincts’ excuse to dogmatically impose ‘good’ or ‘correct’ cooperative and loving behaviour on our species is incorrect and dangerous. We do not, as a species, have ‘savage instincts’. We are already good and cooperative and loving. There is no need to impose this behaviour on ourselves. This is what, in a sense, the right wing have been fighting against because the right wing are still seeking, heroically to understand ourselves. The right have been brutally fighting for self-knowledge that was necessarily taken up by our species 2 million years ago, when the battle between our ‘instinct’ and our ‘intellect’ began. Reading the Adam Stork story is a good way to understand the whole battle between ‘instinct’ and ‘intellect’. Now, through Jeremy’s work, this self- knowledge we’ve been seeking for 2 million years, has finally been comprehensively packaged up in his F. Essays and book Freedom. He has built an exceptionally strong case and it is difficult to rebut! I enjoy reading all of Jeremy’s books and essays and I love engaging in discussions about the human condition.