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This is Freedom Essay 10

 

What exactly is the human condition?

 

By Jeremy Griffith, 2018

 

The human condition is essentially the riddle of why humans are competitive and aggressive when the ideals of life are to be cooperative and loving. However, it needs to be emphasised that the deeper meaning of the human condition is more elusive. Indeed, the human condition has been such an unbearable issue for humans to think about and confront that many people now have very little idea of what the human condition actually is, thinking it refers NOT to the reality of our species’ agonisingly troubled psychology, but to the state of widespread poverty and physical hardship in human life, or to problems such as human inequality. But these problems are only manifestations and aspects of the human condition. The truth is, the human condition is a much more profound and serious issue that goes to the very heart of who we all are. Watch the explanation of what exactly the human condition is here:

 

 

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The human condition is essentially the riddle of why humans are competitive and aggressive when the ideals of life are to be cooperative and loving. However, it needs to be emphasised that the deeper meaning of the human condition is more elusive. Indeed, the human condition has been such an unbearable issue for humans to think about and confront that many people now have very little idea of what the human condition actually is, thinking it refers NOT to the reality of our species’ agonisingly troubled psychology, but to the state of widespread poverty and physical hardship in human life, or to problems such as human inequality. But these problems are only manifestations and aspects of the human condition. The truth is, the human condition is a much more profound and serious issue that goes to the very heart of who we all are.

 

A summary of what has been explained so far in this series reveals what the human condition really is and also how it is solved

A quick summary of what has been explained so far in this series will reveal what the human condition really isand show how it is solved.

In the first video/​essay of this series I briefly introduced the overall situation that this video 10, and the next video 11, deal withwhich is that while the all-relieving explanation of the human condition has finally been found, virtually everyone has been living in such fear of the human condition they will find they can’t access that wonderful life-transforming and world-saving explanation. But I then explained that there is a way to overcome this ‘deaf effect’ impassewhich is that with patient perseverance the reassuring logic of the explanation will start to ease your subconscious fear of the subject, and before long you will find you can actually take in or ‘hear’ what is being said, and by so doing access the fabulous transforming benefits of being able to understand the human condition.

In the second video/​essay of this series I explained that while everyone uses the excuse that our competitive and aggressive behaviour is due to us having savage animal instincts, which are driven by the need to reproduce our genes, really this is just a convenient excuse while we searched for the real reason for our divisive nature. After all, words used to describe human behaviour such as egocentric, arrogant, inspired, depressed, deluded, pessimistic, optimistic, hateful, cynical, mean, immoral, brilliant, guilt-ridden, evil, psychotic or neurotic, all recognise the involvement of OUR species’ fully conscious thinking mind. They demonstrate that there is a psychological dimension to our behaviour; that we don’t suffer from a genetic-opportunism-driven ‘animal condition’, but the psychologically troubled HUMAN CONDITION. Also, we humans have cooperative and loving moral instincts, the voice or expression of which we call our consciencethe opposite of competitive and aggressive instincts. As Charles Darwin said, ‘The moral sense perhaps affords the best and highest distinction between man and the lower animals’ (The Descent of Man, 1871, ch.4). So saying our behaviour results from having competitive and aggressive instincts like other animals is simply not true; as I say, it’s just a convenient excuse while we waited for the psychosis-acknowledging-and-solving, real explanation of our divisive nature.

And in the third video/​essay of this series I presented that psychosis-acknowledging-and-solving, fully accountable real explanation of our divisive competitive and aggressive human conditionwhich is that when our fully conscious mind emerged our hardwired ignorant, dictatorial instincts unjustly condemned its search for knowledge, unavoidably causing the retaliatory and defensive angry, egocentric and alienated state of the human condition to emerge. Yes, while we couldn’t defend ourselves with understanding all we could do was angrily defy the criticism, egocentrically try to prove we didn’t deserve it by winning as much power, fame, fortune and glory as we could, and block the criticism out of our mind. We became sufferers of the psychologically upset angry, egocentric and alienated human condition.

Then, in the fourth video/​essay of this series I provided evidence from many great thinkers that this ‘instinct vs intellect’ explanation of the human condition is the real reason for our divisive conditionsuch thinkers included Moses, Hesiod and Plato from ancient times, and Marais, van der Post, Rousseau, Berdyaev, Neumann, MacLean and Koestler from contemporary times.

Most significantly in terms of understanding what the human condition really is, what I emphasised in that fourth video/essay is just how ashamed and guilt-ridden our conscious thinking self has been for having corrupted our wonderfully cooperative and loving, Edenic, moral instinctive self or soul. I said that to fully appreciate the agony of our human condition we need to immerse ourselves in the absolute horror of our predicament. Since we did once live cooperatively and lovingly, as the great thinkers recognised we did (F. Essay 21 explains how our distant ape ancestors came to live in a cooperative and loving state), then how appalled by our corrupted state have we beenbecause the question screaming out to be answered is, “Why on Earth would we have been so seemingly stupid to have departed from such a wonderfully gentle and peaceful way of living and become brutally aggressive warmongers, egomaniacal competitors and psychotic and neurotic mad people? How were we to explain our species’ so-called ‘fall from grace’? Why did we corrupt our original all-loving and all-sensitive moral instinctive self or soul? Why did we destroy paradise, turn utopia into dystopia!? That has been our terrible predicament or condition: how on Earth could we explain and justify that seeming act of madness; we surely must be evil monsters?!

I then said that trying to live with the implication that we are despicable, evil, worthless, utopia-destroying monsters has to have been absolutely unbearableand to cope with that diabolical situation we had no choice but to adopt the patently dishonest savage instincts excuse while we waited for the real explanation to be found. We deluded ourselves that other animals constantly compete and fight with each other in an effort to make sure they reproduce their genes, and that’s what our forebears did, and so that is where our brutal competitive and aggressive nature comes from, which we‘we’ being our conscious selfsupposedly have to spend our whole lives trying to control. This is all a reverse-of-the-truth lie, because it’s our instincts that are loving and seemingly good not aggressive and seemingly bad, and it’s our conscious mind that has been the corrupting seemingly bad influence, not the controlling seemingly good influence. What a get-out-of-jail-free-card, but what a lie! But, as I said, until science revealed the difference between instinctive orientations and conscious understandings that has finally allowed us to explain the real reason for our competitive and aggressive behaviour, we had no ability to explain ourselves and therefore no choice but to deny that we have a cooperative and loving heritage and instead believe the lie that our distant ape ancestors were brutally aggressive savages. And of course, we also had no choice but to live a retaliatory and defensive angry, egocentric and alienated existence.

In the fifth video/​essay of this series Tony Gowing then described how now that we have found the real defence for our competitive and aggressive behaviour all the old artificial ways of defending ourselves are obsoleted. We no longer have to live a defensive and retaliatory egocentric and aggressive existence, or live a dishonest, alienating life of denying truth. Every human can now be transformed from a horrible human-condition-stricken existence to a fabulous human-condition-free life. As Tony said, “We don’t have to be ashamed. We don’t have to shake our fists at the heavens anymore and prove to everyone and everything that they have been wrong about us. First-principle science has proven that we are worthwhile; that we are gloriously heroic beings. It had to be the way it’s beenthere was no other waybut it’s all over now. The relief of finally being able to understand floods through our whole being; the anger and frustration dissipates; all the bullshit, falseness and lies end. We can finally love ourselves and participate in the world instead of constantly fighting it. No longer preoccupied with proving our self-worth, we will finally have the room in ourselves to properly help others; to selflessly participate in stopping the suffering everywhere we look.”

Tony is absolutely right; until we found the real explanation for the human condition the only way we could deal with our immense insecurity about our worthiness was by pursuing the artificial, materialistic forms of reinforcement of seeking power, fame, fortune and glory, BUT now that we have found the real defence for ourselves all those artificial forms of reinforcement are obsoleted, no longer necessaryand the whole human race is transformed! Redemption and rehabilitation comes to humankind!

I might mention that the Millennial generation is the product of so much psychological exhaustion from humanity’s now 2-million-year-long heroic but immensely upsetting search for understanding (ultimately for understanding of the human condition) that a great many of them are voting to just dogmatically impose a socialistic cooperative and loving world as the only solution they have to try to counter all the upset in themselves and in the world. But dogma is the opposite of knowledge, which means that dogma for conscious thinking humans cannot work, and in fact it never has worked. However, as has just been explained, now that the search for knowledge has finally found that ultimate knowledge of understanding of the human condition, the whole competitive and aggressive way of living is ACTUALLY obsoleted now, bringing about the transformed world Millennials so desperately desire. So, while their extreme psychosis makes it almost impossible for them to read all this confronting analysis of the human condition, Millennials are the generation who will rejoice the most that this fabulous breakthrough has occurred. (I talk much more about the difficulty of reading about the human condition in the next Video/​F. Essay 11, and about the particular difficulty Millennials have with this information in F. Essay 55.)

 

Our immense guilt and insecurity about our fundamental worth and goodness has been driving our behaviour

In terms of revealing what the human condition really is, the key points in the summary I have just given are: “That has been our terrible predicament: how on Earth could we explain and justify that seeming act of madness [of destroying the cooperative and loving world of our instinctive soul]; we surely must be evil monsters?!”, and “Until science revealed the difference between instinctive orientations and conscious understandings…​we had no ability to explain ourselves”, which left us “no choice but to believe in the savage instincts excuse and live a retaliatory and defensive angry, egocentric and alienated existence”.

Yes, the psychological impact of not being able to explain and understand WHY the human race became a ‘fallen’, corrupted, brutally competitive, aggressive and selfish species has been colossal. In fact, most of human behaviour now is driven by, and most of our personalities are a direct result of, our inability to understand and know whether we are evil monsters or not. That IS the absolute bottom-line truth about our livesthat virtually all our behaviour has been based upon an immense uncertainty and insecurity about our fundamental goodness, worth and meaningfulness. As the explanation of the human condition in the third video/​essay of this series finally explains, trying to keep at bay the dark shadow of our horrifically corrupted, guilt-stricken condition by constantly seeking validation of ourselves, and constantly blocking out and, if necessary, attacking any criticism of our sense of goodness, worth and meaning, is why we are an immensely egocentric, alienated and angry species!

The reality IS that we humans have been SO insecure we have spent our whole lives propping up our sense of worthiness, resisting any implication that we aren’t good people. Indeed, our insecurity about our worthiness or otherwise has so preoccupied our lives that we have almost completely lost access to the all-sensitive and all-loving instinctive soul within us. Our original instinctive self or soul has died away because of our preoccupation with trying to validate ourselves, establish that we are good and not bad. In fact, as has been emphasised, we actively repressed the memory of our species’ innocent time in the ‘Garden of Eden’ because that memory only compounded our sense of insecurity, guilt and damnation. And, not only have we repressed the memory of our species’ time in innocence, we also repressed the whole unbearably depressing issue of the human condition itself. We have had no desire at all to be reminded of our species’ past time in innocence and the unbearable issue it raised of our horrifically corrupted human condition‘Why go on such a suicidally depressing guilt trip?!’

 

Man running from shadow
Carl Jung

Carl Jung (1875–1961)

 

So yes, the psychoanalyst Carl Jung wasn’t exaggerating at all when he wrote that ‘When it [our shadow, which is the brutally competitive and aggressive darker aspects of our corrupted condition] appears…​it is quite within the bounds of possibility for a man to recognize the relative evil of his nature, but it is a rare and shattering experience for him to gaze into the face of absolute evil’ (Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self, 1959; tr. R. Hull, The Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Vol. 9/​2, p.10). The ‘face of absolute evil’ HAS BEEN the ‘shattering’ possibility that we humans really are just a cancerous blight on this planetand to cope with that possibility, our only way to survive was to block out the whole unbearable issue of our corrupted, soul-destroyed, Garden-of-Eden-devastating human condition!

 

Resignation

Yes, the truth absolutely is that the distress of our condition has been SO great that we humans not only had to repress the memory of our species’ innocent past, we learnt to repress the whole ‘shattering’ issue of our corrupted, ‘fallen’, seemingly ‘evil’ condition. And since we humans aren’t born denying the issue of the human condition, we had to learn to do thata torturous education that occurred during the early years of adolescence when, at around the age of 12, we first started thinking deeply about the seeming wrongness of human behaviour, including our own. The inability to explain and understand the human condition meant that the more we thought about the subject the more depressed our thinking became. In the end, when we reached the age of around 14, our thinking typically became so suicidally depressed that we realised we had no choice but to resign ourselves to blocking out from our mind the whole unbearable issue of our seemingly horribly flawed condition.

 

Collage of 3 images depicting teenage depression

 

Collage of 3 images depicting teenage depression

 

Collage of 3 images depicting teenage depression

 

This agonising process of Resignation to living in denial of the issue of the human condition that virtually every human had to go through while there was no truthful understanding of the human condition is described in some detail in F. Essay 30. While resigned adults living in denial of the human condition typically blame the ‘teen angst’ that adolescents experience on the hormonal upheaval of puberty, the so-called ‘puberty blues’, the real reason for their distress is that they are thinking truthfully about the human condition, including its manifestations in themselves. The picture amongst the ones I’m showing (all of which we found on the internet) that has an image of a ferocious wolf and the words ‘It’s not a phase Mom! This is who I really am!’ is particularly revealing of the agony of experiencing the human condition within. And, as I have emphasised, since there has been no truthful understanding of the human condition until now and so no way to alleviate the confusion, guilt and shame they were experiencing, adolescents eventually had no choice but to resign themselves to blocking out the subject from their minds, at which point they joined the adult world that, in truth, has been preoccupied avoiding the issue of the human condition in virtually everything they did. Such has been the extent of our fear of the human condition!

Basically, growing up under the duress of the unexplained human condition meant living an extremely superficial, escape-the-issue-of-the-human-condition-at-all-costs existence; just leave the whole unbearably depressing subject completely alone and just get on with trying to manage the symptoms of itall the aggression and hatred and wars and unhappiness and suffering and devastationas best we could!

This practice of blocking out of our mind or denying the issue of the human condition is the reason why there is so little awareness now amongst resigned adults of what the human condition really is. They say, ‘Oh no, I know there are all these hideous problems out there in the world. I’ve been talking about them for years.’ But the human condition is not ‘out there’, it’s within us, it’s been underlying all our thoughts, action and behaviour, and the truth is that since resigning some time in your teens you have spent your every waking moment since working out and perfecting how to avoid it, how to work around it, and even try to make it appear as though you’re unaffected by it. Everyone smiles and jokes, and puts on incredibly brave faces, but underneath it all it has always been there.

 

The human condition has been the real elephant in our living rooms

 

Drawing by Jeremy Griffith of an elephant in a room

 

Hopefully, after what has now been explained about the human condition, resigned adults can see that they have so blocked out the issue of the human condition that it is the real ‘elephant in our living rooms’ that everyone has long recognised existed but could never allow their minds to actually identify. Even though the issue of the human condition is the one great outstanding and all-important issue that had to be addressed and solved, it is the one great issue virtually all adults have pretended doesn’t even exist. As the great psychoanalyst R.D. Laing has written, the ‘desperately urgently required project for our time[is] to explore the inner space and time of consciousness [explore what our conscious mind really thinks about]…​[yet] We are so out of touch with this realm [living in such fearful denial of the issue of the human condition] that many people can now argue seriously that it does not exist. It is very small wonder that it is perilous indeed to explore such a lost realm’! (The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradise, 1967, p.105 of 156; also, see more of this quote from Laing in F. Essay 48).

The extreme fear that resigned adults have of ‘explor[ing] such a lost realm’, even though it has now finally been explained and rendered safe to look at, is the subject of my presentation in the next Video/​F. Essay 11, which is titled The difficulty of reading about the human conditionwhich Plato predictedand the solution. Basically, resigned adults’ fear of the human condition has been so great that as soon as discussion of the human condition begins, their minds become subconsciously alert to the fact they are being taken into what has been a completely off-limits realm and consequently starts blocking out what is being said. Their mind finds it difficult taking in or ‘hearing’ what is being said; it suffers from a ‘DEAF EFFECT’ to what is being presented. Obviously this problem of the ‘deaf effect’ blocking access to this life-transforming and world-saving understanding of the human condition is of critical concern, which means the solution to it that is provided in Video/​F. Essay 11 is critically important. As I mentioned earlier, Millennials particularly suffer from this problem of the ‘deaf effect’, which does mean it is up to the pre-Millennial generations to discover and initiate support for this breakthrough, all-important understanding of the human condition.

 

The world-changing and world-saving relief of having finally solved the human condition

So it should be very clear now why finding understanding of the human condition has been described as the holy grail of the whole human journey of conscious thought and enquiry! ONLY that understanding could end the immense underlying guilt and insecurity that’s been causing us to behave in such a defensive angry, competitive, selfish, destructive, insensitive and cruel way. While the renowned Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson has presented the most dishonest of all savage-instinct-based excuses for the human condition in the form of his Multilevel Selection theory, which I explain and talk at length about in Video/​F. Essay 14, Wilson did speak the truth when he wrote that ‘There is no grail more elusive or precious in the life of the mind than the key to understanding the human condition’ (The Social Conquest of Earth, 2012, p.1). Even though we have practised living in denial of the issue of the human condition, finding understanding of it HAS BEEN ‘the key’ to a psychologically relieved world for humans. As the saying goes, ‘The truth will set you free’ (Bible, John 8:32), and it finally, finally has. Yes, Carl Jung was also forever pointing out that ‘wholeness for humans depends on the ability to own their own shadow’ because he recognised that only the redeeming understanding of our dark, human-condition-stricken, upset state could free us from that terrible condition.

So, this is all why the explanation of our psychologically troubled human condition that I presented in the third video is so incredibly precious and important. When Professor Harry Prosen wrote in his Introduction to my book FREEDOM that ‘I have no doubt this biological explanation of the human condition is the holy grail of insight we have sought for the psychological rehabilitation of the human race’, he was recognising that our species’ transformation from a state of horrific psychological insecurity depended on finding understanding of the human condition. Finding understanding of the human condition, which science has finally made possible by discovering the difference in the way genes and nerves work, is the ‘Understandascope’ that the great Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig was brilliantly intimating we desperately needed in this cartoon.

 

Cartoon by Michael Leunig that appeared in Melbourne’s The Age newspaper on 17 Mar. 1984

Cartoon by Michael Leunig, Melbourne’s The Age newspaper, 17 Mar. 1984

 

Yes, what an enormous relief it is that we can, at long last, explain and understand that we humans are not, in fact, monsters but the glorious HEROES OF THE STORY OF LIFE ON EARTH! Our ability to finally understand why we destroyed our original Edenic state of cooperative and loving paradise enables the ‘psychological rehabilitation’ that allows us to return to it. Again, as I mentioned at the end of the fourth video/​essay, the great poet T.S. Eliot perfectly described this journey from ignorant innocence to enlightened understanding when he wrote, ‘We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time’ (Little Gidding, 1942).

 

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Please note that in the video of this presentation I didn’t include the next two sections about Michael Leunig’s and William Blake’s extremely honest descriptions of the human condition because I wanted to keep the video as short as possible. However, since they are very revealing and provide further confirmation of what the human condition actually is they are included here at the end of this transcript of Video/​F. Essay 10.

 

Michael Leunig’s extraordinarily honest portrayal of the human condition

 

Cartoon by Michael Leunig that appeared in Melbourne’s The Age newspaper on 8 Oct. 1988

Cartoon by Michael Leunig, Melbourne’s The Age newspaper, 8 Oct. 1988

 

To convey what an unfathomable horror the human condition has really been, consider this second incisive cartoon by Michael Leunig, ‘Gardens of the Human Condition’. Leunig’s ‘park’ is certainly not a picture of a lovely ordered environment where people peacefully and happily enjoy themselves, as we all too easily prefer to delude ourselves that the world we have created is like. Rather, it shows a mother and child approaching the ‘Gardens of the Human Condition’ with an expression of bewildered dread on the face of the mother, and in the case of the child, wide-eyed shock. Yes, as Leunig cleverly intimates, our world is no longer an innocent Garden of Eden, but a devastated realm of human-condition-stricken, psychologically distressed humans where ‘inhumanity’ reigns. (Again, F. Essay 21 provides the biological explanation for how our distant ape ancestors came to live in a cooperative, loving, innocent, Edenic state, and you can read many wonderful descriptions of this time of innocence in F. Essays 4 & 53.) With this masterpiece, Leunig has boldly revealed the truth that despite the magnificence of our mental capabilities and our undeniable capacity for immense sensitivity and love, we humans have become a brutally angry, hateful, cynical, destructive, arrogant, egocentric, selfish, mad, lonely, unhappy and psychologically depressed species. Instead of love, beauty and harmony, Leunig has people fighting, beating and strangling each other, drunk out of their minds, depressed, lonely, crying, hiding and suiciding, going mad, and egocentrically holding forthreflecting, in effect, every aspect of the human condition.

The full horror of our species’ contradictory nature was made explicit by the polymath Blaise Pascal when he wrote, ‘What a chimera then is man! What a novelty, what a monster, what a chaos, what a contradiction, what a prodigy! Judge of all things, imbecile worm of the earth, repository of truth, a sewer of uncertainty and error, the glory and the scum of the universe!’ (Pensées, 1669). William Shakespeare was equally revealing of the paradoxical true nature of the human condition when he wrote, ‘What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty!…​In action how like an angel! In apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? [Brutal and barbaric] man delights not me’ (Hamlet, 1603)!!

Yes, the dichotomy of ‘man’ that Pascal and Shakespeare have written about is what the human condition really is. We humans embody this most extraordinary ‘contradiction’ of being the most brilliantly clever of creatures, the ones who are ‘god’-‘like’ in our ‘infinite’ ‘faculty’ of ‘reason’ and ‘apprehension’, and yet we also behave in the most seemingly completely unclever way by being the meanest, most vicious of species, one that is only too capable of inflicting pain, cruelty, suffering and degradation. As the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer wrote, ‘man is the only animal which causes pain to others with no other object than causing pain…​No animal ever torments another for the sake of tormenting: but man does so, and it is this which constitutes the diabolical nature which is far worse than the merely bestial’ (Essays and Aphorisms, tr. R.J. Hollingdale, 1970, p.139 of 237). Yes, there has been this immensely perplexing and seemingly unanswerable question of are we ‘monster[s], the ‘essence’ of ‘dust’, ‘the scum of the universe’, or are we a wonderful ‘prodigy’, even ‘glor[ious] ‘angel[s]? Thank goodness that greatest of all questions has finally been answered and the truth revealed that we are indeed ‘glor[ious] ‘angel[s], the heroes of the whole story of life on Earth!!

 

Burj Khalif building, UAE

‘How infinite in faculty’at 830m high,
the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the world’s
tallest skyscraper

Exploding building in Aleppo, Syria

But ‘what a monster’war
in Aleppo, Syria, 2013

 

William Blake’s exceptionally honest description of the human condition

To further help convey what the human condition really is, consider the following words from the renowned South African author Alan Paton, which he submitted to TIME magazine following a request that he contribute an essay on apartheid in South Africa. Rather than that essay, however, TIME instead received, and published in its place, a deeply reflective article on Paton’s favourite pieces of literature. In what proved to be the writer’s last work, Paton wrote: ‘I would like to have written one of the greatest poems in the English languageWilliam Blake’s “Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright”, with that verse that asks in the simplest words the question which has troubled the mind of manboth believing and non believing manfor centuries: “When the stars threw down their spears / And watered heaven with their tears / Did he smile his work to see? / Did he who made the lamb make thee?”’ (25 Apr. 1988).

The reason Blake’s 1794 poem The Tiger resonated so strongly with Paton, and is one of the most famous poems in the English language (it has been described as ‘the most anthologized poem in English’ (The Cambridge Companion to William Blake, ed. Morris Eaves, 2003) and is a mainstay of the English curriculum in schools), is because of its profundity, which can be clearly understood now that the human condition has been explained.

 

William Blake’s 1794 ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’

The cover of William Blake’s 1794 Songs Of
Innocence and Of Experience: Shewing the
Two Contrary States of the Human Soul

William Blake’s 1794 poem ‘The Tyger’

The Tiger by William Blake, from
Songs Of Innocence and Of Experience

 

As explained in paragraph 1144 of FREEDOM, the opening lines of Blake’s poem, ‘Tiger, Tiger, burning bright, In the forests of the night’, refer to humans’ great fear and resulting denial of the issue of our seemingly imperfect, ‘fallen’ or corrupted state or conditiona subject we have consciously repressed and yet one that has been ‘burning bright, In the forests of the night’ of our deepest awareness. As Blake so honestly describes the horrific depression that the issue of the human condition has caused: ‘what’ ‘eye’ ‘could’ be expected to look at the ‘fearful’ subject, ‘what’ ‘hand’ would ‘dare seize the fire’ that ‘could twist the sinews of thy heart?’; the terrible ‘hammer’, the ‘furnace’ in ‘thy brain’, no one can possibly ‘dare its deadly terrors clasp!’ The very heart of the issue lies in the line, ‘Did he who made the lamb make thee?’a rhetorical question disturbing in its insinuation that we are wholly unrelated to ‘the lamb’, to the world of innocence.

The poem raises that fundamental question involved in being human: how could the mean, cruel, indifferent, selfish and aggressive ‘dark side’ of human naturerepresented by the ‘Tiger’be both reconcilable with and derivative of the same force that created ‘the lamb’ in all its innocence?

 

Innocent baby boy
Image of the head of an angry psychotic man drawn by Ireland

 

As Paton identified, despite humans’ denial of it, the great, fundamental, underlying question that ‘has troubled the mind of man’ has always been, are humans part of God’s ‘work’, part of ‘his’ purpose and design, or aren’t we? In other wordsas is explained in F. Essay 23 about the integrative meaning of existence that we have personified as ‘God’why don’t humans live in accordance with the cooperative, loving integrative meaning of existence? Are we good or aren’t we?

So again, to have finally found the redeeming understanding of our seemingly horrifically flawed condition BRINGS THE GREATEST RELIEF IMAGINABLE FOR HUMANS! The world that has opened up for humans now is INCREDIBLY exciting. In fact the truth is, we humans are now so numb and exhausted from the 2-million-year-long struggle to finally get to this position where we are able to explain the human condition, understand why we corrupted our species’ original Edenic state of innocence, that it will be virtually impossible for us to comprehend just how exciting the life that’s available for humans now is. You can see in the picture earlier that I drew of ‘the elephant in the living room’ how we humans have been jammed against the wall, crippled by this overwhelming but previously unconfrontable issue of the human condition. Well, here’s a picture I’ve drawn of what it’s going to be like now for humans to be able to be free of the human conditionwe’ll be just jumping for joy!

 

Cartoon by Jeremy Griffith ‘WE ARE FREE’

 

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Before concluding, I want to emphasise the importance of distinguishing between Blake’s use of the ‘Tiger’ as a metaphor to represent the issue of the competitive and aggressive ‘dark side’ of human nature and the false ‘savage instincts’ excuse that biologists such as E.O. Wilson have put forward to supposedly explain our competitive and aggressive human condition. As has been emphasised, we humans have cooperative and loving moral instincts, the voice or expression of which is our conscience, and the savage, competitive and aggressive instincts supposed explanation for our human condition is a completely human-condition-avoiding dishonest lie. (I write much more about the dishonest and the now unnecessary and extremely dangerous perpetuation of the ‘savage instincts’ excuse in four essay’s time, which will be in Video/​F. Essay 14.) As the title of Blake’s book of poems, Songs Of Innocence and Of Experience: Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul, clearly shows, Blake understood that humans have an ‘innocen[t], ‘lamb’-like, cooperative and loving moral instinctive heritage, not a competitive, aggressive instinctive heritage, and that the competitive and aggressive ‘dark’, ‘Tiger’-like side of humans’ ‘Two Contrary States’ relates to our ‘Experience’-based CONSCIOUS mind’s PSYCHOLOGICALLY upset competitive and aggressive condition that is peculiar to humans. Incidentally, we can see here that Blake is another of the thinkers who, like those mentioned in Video/​F. Essay 4, have recognised the true ‘instinct vs intellect’ elements involved in the human condition.

In relation to another aspect of what I said in the second video of this Introductory Series, understanding that the human condition is psychologically derived, not innate, means that Blake also understood that our condition would be healed when the explanation of the human condition was at last foundunlike instincts which we are born with and are thus unchangeable, psychosis can be healed with understanding. As Blake famously prophesised in his appropriately titled 1790 poem The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, ‘When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern.’ And, interestingly, the final words of Paton’s acclaimed 1948 book about apartheid, Cry, the Beloved Country, also allude to humanity’s dream of one day finding the real answer to why humans don’t live in accordance with the cooperative, loving integrative meaning of existence, and, through finding that answer, freeing itself from the terrible ‘bondage of fear’ of our condition: ‘But when that dawn will come, of our emancipation, from the fear of bondage and the bondage of fear, why, that is a secret.’

 

William Blake’s painting ‘Cringing in Terror’ with arrow to his painting ‘Albion Arose’

William Blake’s Cringing in Terror (left) and Albion Arose (right).
These are further examples of Blake’s profound insight into the human condition.

 

Humanity’s hope and faith has always been that one day we would be able to explain the human condition and reconcile ‘the Two Contrary States’ of ‘innocence’ and ‘experience’, and, as a result of doing so, liberate or ‘emancipat[e] ourselves from ‘the bondage’ of our species’ immensely psychologically upsetting sense of unworthiness or guilt. And it is this explanation of the paradox of the human condition that science has finally made possible by discovering the difference between the gene and nerve based learning systems. It is this all-important, world-saving, psychosis-addressing-and-relieving, real biological explanation of the human condition that is presented in Video/​F. Essay 3, and in chapters 1 and 3 of FREEDOM. And as described by Tony Gowing in Video/​F. Essay 5, and more fully explained in F. Essay 15, the effect of finally knowing and understanding and living with this explanation is that it transforms humans from ‘the bondage’ of their psychologically insecure, human-condition-stricken existence to a psychologically secure and mature, human-condition-free state. This is the explanation that lifts the so-called burden of guilt from the shoulders of the human race. This is the explanation that ends the condemnation that we humans have had to endure for so longthat explains that ‘he who made the lamb [DID] make thee’!

Again, in the next essay, one of the most serious consequences of humans’ historic fear and practised denial of the issue of the human conditionnamely the ‘deaf effect’ difficulty people initially find in reading about the now fully compassionate and liberating explanation of the human conditionwill be described, and the solution to it provided.

 

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Watch Jeremy Griffith present the breakthrough redeeming explanation of the human condition in Video/​F. Essay 3, or read chapter 1 of FREEDOM.

 

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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  • judy66 on August 10, 2017 at 8:29 am

    This was a poem that I studied in college and was always a favourite of mine. This is a very illuminating email. When Blake wrote ‘When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are’ he could have been writing about this very analysis of his poem. And the question he ends the Tiger with, ‘Did he who made the lamb make thee?’ dovetails so neatly with what is being offered by the WTM, which is the very answer to that question. Thank you for enriching my life WTM.

  • Joy on November 27, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    This explanation of human behaviour is nothing short of brilliant. As it says above until we could understand the human condition, understand why we become so selfish and indifferent, of course we were sensibly going to avoid anything that confronted us with ourselves and live in dread and fear of that confrontation. For me understanding resignation was life changing because it explained what happened to me as an adolescent so completely I was no longer afraid of the human condition and could then access the transformative power of having it explained. Jeremy is an extraordinary thinker and his explanation of resignation alone deserves the nobel peace prize.

  • Roger on November 28, 2017 at 9:56 am

    This is such an important email because it finally allows me to not feel terrible avoiding the blatantly obvious problem on the planet … human behaviour / human condition … us.
    The human story makes me think of my personal life when as a young boy I could see all the upset behaviour around me but as I got older and saw more of that behaviour in myself I was less and less inclined to want to talk about it (it was so depressing) … in the end I would be doing everything I could to avoid conversation about the human situation from coming into focus if I was having a drink / talking with friends etc
    Its only now with this COMPLETE, COMPASSIONATE explanation of the human condition that we can finally understand why any attempt to look a the problem was so depressing, why we were terrified to see just how upset we have become. It was always going to be a close call.
    It makes me think of an Australian journalist who wrote words to the effect of “we are in a race between self destruction and self discovery”
    The awesome news is that after 2 million years of collective upset we don’t have to delve into it, we can simply see WHY we became upset and … all we have to do is support this information and watch the effects of that knowledge transform the world.
    Trust me its amazing, its exciting, its cool and thank god its a relief.

  • Zia on November 29, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    I agree wholeheartedly with Joy and Roger’s comments, it’s more truth and insight than we could have ever dreamed possible. The “elephant in the living room of our lives” picture and description is so powerful. I’ve always loved the quote above “the truth will set you free” but only now do I understand the true meaning of those words and it fills me with excitement every day for what’s possible with this explanation!

    • Ben Kelly on November 29, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      Yes Zia, the excitment this brings is awesome.
      I heard an adaptation of the quote from John 8:32 ”The Truth will set you free” in a recent song featuring Pharrell Williams – he opens the song with: “The Truth will set you free…, but first it will piss you off”.
      It reminds me of the predicate we find ourselves in of being in the Platos cave of denial and avoiding the light/sun/truth/understanding that exissts outside the cave at all costs. It’s like there’s this massive positive in understanding and overcoming the human condition, but there’s such a deep anxiety / fear / resistance to this subject, that at first it can “piss you off” as Pharrell says.
      For me, being patient and remaining open was crucial when looking into this information.
      When I relaxed in who I was and wasn’t defensive about all my baggage/mess (which this compassionate understanding allows), and saw that it was all art of the bigger human journey, my whole world and outlook for the future became glorious!! 🌞🌞🌞

  • Polly on November 29, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    A brilliant video thank you. It makes so much sense that we have denied the existence of the human condition and been terrified of it while we couldn’t explain it but now we can face up to it and actually free ourselves of it. It is just so exciting to imagine what the world will be like when everyone discovers understanding of the human condition and we can all start to heal the world rather than just exist in the mess and madness.

  • Melody Donovan on November 29, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    I love this book. It bust a door wide open and I for one am doing all I can to share it every chance I get. It is the first time in all my years of trying to share truth that I feel equipped with answers for everyone when they ask.
    Yesterday my 86 year old mother said God created man just as he is now. I asked her mommy if God is spirit of love and truth as you believe then did spirit change mind and open heart to truth?
    I can see she began to see her own belief was somewhat distorted as she was believing in truth all these years but how too she could change it too.

    She agreed that she always believed in a God within man is heart, love and truth and then could see that Christ came as a prophet to change the suffering blindness of man mind.

  • twilight on November 30, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    U2 foisted their 2014 album Songs of Innocence on an unsuspecting world via itunes, and now they have titled their upcoming album Songs of Experience. Both are testimony to Blake’s lasting influence. I just hope the new album is better than their last, and half as good as Blake’s wonderful little book.

  • Tommy on December 3, 2017 at 10:41 am

    “Did he who made the lamb make thee?’, god what a poem! I was so far from consciously thinking about such a question in my denial-filled state but I can definitely attest to feeling the full horror of that guilt-ridden state all the way throughout my life before coming across this life-saving work. This biological explanation of ourselves is TRULY AMAZING. The end of the second last paragraph is word-perfect, “the effect of finally knowing and understanding and living with this explanation is that it transforms humans from ‘the bondage’ of their psychologically insecure, human-condition-stricken existence to a psychologically secure and mature, human-condition-free state. This is the explanation that lifts the so-called burden of guilt from the shoulders of the human race. This is the explanation that ends the condemnation that we humans have had to endure for so long—that explains that ‘he who made the lamb [DID] make thee’!” It still amazes me that I’m actually reading that, that we can actually explain away all the guilt and horror that we all live with, and that it was all for such an amazing, heroic reason! We are good afterall!! WOW BRING ON FREEDOM FOR THE HUMAN RACE!!! What an astonishing time to be alive!!!

  • abi on December 6, 2017 at 9:01 am

    How can bad be good? That has been the greatest riddle of all, even though most of us lived our lives in too much confusion to realize it. But some giants like William Blake were able to annunciate it. And that is Jeremy Griffith’s great finding. To paraphrase what he has worked out: ‘We had to become bad in order to champion the intellect’.

  • 72Derby on December 6, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Blake once wrote “The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy sea, and the destructive sword, are portions of eternity, too great for the eye of man.” He knew that our destructive side was part of the bigger picture, but he didn’t realize that it wasn’t too great for the eye of man. We can now understand it!

  • Karl Ulseth on December 27, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    I found this studie very accurate When we are about the only speachies that devastate their envirement for no reason, an “animal” seaking for impossible, in one Word, THE ONLY MAMEL WITH DANGEROUS WEAPON :
    HIS MIND!!! Thank you mr Jeremy Griffith!!! ;-

  • Sammy on January 18, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Such a good email. My personal experience with living in terrified denial was that I could feel my mind and body want to retreat any time someone in conversation was about to say something too deep that would go near the topic of the human condition, even a glancing comment like “Those people dont understand the meaning of life” or “you know love is the most important thing in life”, or “those parents don’t understand how important nurturing is”…I would almost have a reflex cringe, my body would twist and eyeballs would hurt.

    Such a terrifying subject, how Jeremy Griffith managed to solve the human condition is really really something special. The future is just so bright now that we can understand the source of our anger, egocentricity and alienation. The logic isjust such a stream of gold for the mind.

  • Barbara denton on January 20, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    thank you!

  • Salvatore lopizzo on January 25, 2018 at 1:40 am

    Interesting…the truth will set you free.

  • Michael Boles on March 7, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    I love this but, one man can make a difference. If his love for humanity, life, future of the children, outway his personal being.Im a warrior.God is my creator.I would never hurt anyone or anything unless was truly for greater good of all mankind. Would never make that decision alone. Just wanted to state my truth. Honorable soldier.

  • Chisenga Kapesa Lufungulo on March 16, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Thanks for the explanatory and inspirational essays. My faith as a Christian has been strengthened.
    How can I access the book, FREEDOM, by Jeremy Griffith?

    • WTM Admin on March 17, 2018 at 8:52 am

      Hi Chisenga,

      It’s wonderful to hear from you and how this explanation is helping to strengthen your faith you as a Christian.

      To obtain a hard copy of FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition, you can order online from Amazon.com (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1741290287/) and they will ship the book to you.

      Alternatively the book is freely available on our website in ebook, PDF and online format.

      Best wishes from the Sydney WTM Centre

  • Joan Henderson on April 4, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Brought the book, it arrived today.
    Wow it’s thick. Hope I have the muscles to hold it up in bed to read it lol.
    Can’t wait to get stuck into it.
    Thank you for introducing me to freedom❤️

  • Tessha on April 11, 2018 at 1:55 am

    Thanks a lot!!!!!

  • IRENE Carlson on April 22, 2018 at 3:50 am

    This longtime overdue tressure gift will be one to help me at this doubtful time in my uncertain life…I am not sure how this gift came my way today, however, will be ever grateful and thank the sender.”I can say today what a wonderful world’s ya..”

  • Maria on May 20, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Thank you so much. Wonderful!

  • Terrence on June 6, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    You keep telling the same thing over and over a bit like if you repeat something often enough it will be seen as the truth. Just wish you could get to the point which you keep promising to reveal but never get there. Reading the book is exhausting.

    • RJ on June 7, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      As the Essay says above Terrence the whole of humanity has lived in fear of the human condition, and as Plato predicted we need to be patient becoming accustomed to the ‘light’. The deaf effect is very real, and it was for me, and to be honest I think your comment is a case in point. This is another comment I have just read on essay 3 by someone called Ari, and although it’s very long, I think it’s so helpful on this topic that I’ve copied the whole thing below.
      ———
      Reading some of the posts below is really interesting and to be honest, completely understandable both for and against, given our habitual tendency to not want to challenge our ‘conditioned’ beliefs, whether they are religious or not.

      When I was first introduced to this information over 10 years ago, I read ‘A Species in Denial’ and concluded it was a poorly written book that made no sense. I couldn’t understand a word of what it was trying to say, so I put it down and left the topic alone for a whole year.

      When I read it for a 2nd time, well OMG! it was like I was blind the first time and now I could see. It was clear, easy to read and made amazing sense. I’m sharing this experience because I think most adults will struggle with this topic the first time round so my advice. Put it down take a break and try again.

      If you’re like me, you will almost be offended at the explanation of why we are the way. I.e. I was saying stuff like ‘I’m not like that. I’m not upset. I never resigned. I don’t have an ego. I havent been bad. I believe in God and I don’t like the thought of any other alternative, leave me alone etc. etc.’

      But when I fought through the barrier of fear and uncertainty (in my case I trusted my brother who had already gone through that journey and made it through unscathed and absolutely joyously to the other side), I started to make sense of the information, one topic at a time.

      I assure those of you who are sceptical, it’s OK. You wouldn’t be normal if you weren’t sceptical. We all suffer from the same condition in various degrees. Just keep reading and talking about it. Ask questions, seek answers, take your time.

      It’s amazing. It’s incredible. All the answers to every question you have ever asked (or havent yet asked but will in future) are here. We are explained. We are defended. everyone (even those that commit not so good acts) is brave. We are all hero’s. I

      It’s not about being man or woman, white or black, rich or poor, Christian or Muslim or aethiest. This is for all of humanity. We are all equal human beings. We are one species. All brothers and sisters.

      We have the opportunity to change and save the world one person at a time. Shirley, Leslie and others well done for making it this far. You’re in the final straight of a 2 million year marathon. Let’s all make it to the finish line together.

      • Joshua Cielo on June 13, 2018 at 7:18 pm

        Is it free or is the freedom book and knowledge for sale? All the emails and testimonials read like a typical self help book-website-business. Talking about the subjects solution and answers… that they exist… but not providing any viable plan or insights as to what that would be… In the end providing just knowledge already known and available.
        Of course if We pay only then the magnificent secret is revealed… am I wrong? Is this the elephant in the freedom movement? I want to be wrong. I want a real and legitimate teacher and working system. So please correct me and show me the light. If this is good non profit information. I have read the mails and hear only references to the truths .
        only info already known…

        • Susan Susan on June 14, 2018 at 11:53 am

          Hi Joshua, the WTM is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to bringing biological understanding to the underlying problem in all human affairs of the human condition. In particular, the WTM recognises the breakthrough biological explanation of the human condition put forward by Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith. Given its importance, all of Jeremy’s publications are made freely available to download from our homepage, including his definitive work, ‘FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition’. We also provide Membership for those who want to become more involved but only ask a $1AU membership fee as a demonstration of sincerity. To learn more about the WTM’s work and why it is so different from a self-help movement, the FAQ section is recommended, in particular FAQ 6.5.
           
          It does take some time to absorb the full significance of this breakthrough in understanding Joshua. And more than it just being a new paradigm, as is explained in this Freedom Essay, we humans have lived in deep psychological fear of the issue of the human condition and so it makes sense that when the issue is finally addressed and explained, our minds will initially struggle to take in or ‘hear’ what is being presented. F. Essay 1 and F. Essay 11 are the best Essays to help context why it takes time to fully access and digest this subject matter. However, with time and effort, this ‘deaf effect’ reaction does quickly wear off, so we do hope that you will persevere.

  • Lene Santora on June 8, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Awakening of the Human Being has been known for thousands of years, Buddha f.eks and many sages , Ramana Maharahi who is very well known in all spiritual work, from especially India. It is the study and practice of spirituality, leading to enlightenment. Many contemporary enlightened teachers believe this is the time for mass awakening, and this book could also contribute, although I only saw a few videos so far. The Human Condition is a deep investigation into who you think you are and spirituality is a very good way to investigate this, it changes you and thus it changes your life ❤️👍

    • Susy on June 10, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      Hi Lene, 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? As you get more familiar with these ideas Lene, you will see it’s that underlying issue that really has to be addressed and fixed if we are to solve the world’s problems. Humanity has developed many marvelous tools and techniques to help calm and center our troubled minds as we suffered under the human condition, but they are not a solution to it. I am not deeply familiar with Ramana Maharahi’s work but from what I do know it is based on faith and basically shutting down our conscious mind/self/ego to access a state of peace. You may be interested in watching this Webinar Jeremy Griffith did (https://www.humancondition.com/?videoId=FREEDOM_Webinar_2&item=1) as he answers a question about whether the technique of mindfulness can overcome the human condition. He explains that these tools are effective in their own right, but that they are really about escaping from the human condition, being ‘mindless’ not ‘mindful’ and that ultimately we needed ‘brain food’ not ‘brain anaesthetic’. As Jeremy writes in para 1221 of Freedom, “Our thinking mind needed understanding—specifically, understanding of why humans are fundamentally good and not bad, evil, worthless beings. In short, we needed the psychologically dignifying, redeeming and transforming understanding of the human condition.” I really encourage you to keep reading Jeremy’s work Lene because I tell you from experience it won’t ever disappoint you! This biological understanding is endlessly exciting and fulfilling and solving of any problem you want to look at. It really will save the world as Professor Prosen says in his introduction to “Freedom”.

  • Elaine Bishop on June 25, 2018 at 1:51 am

    Everything in life provides an example: the tiger of might and force and the lamb of gentleness and peace. The tiger and the lamb don’t know they are providing examples, they are just being who they are but they are both important because how can we know gentleness unless we know brutality?

  • fildru on July 13, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Humain is neither angel nor beast and who wants to do angel do thé beast ! French philosophe ….!

    • RJ on July 15, 2018 at 10:17 am

      And the angel and the beast are now reconciled within each of us! As it says above, “This is the explanation that ends the condemnation that we humans have had to endure for so long—that explains that ‘he who made the lamb [DID] make thee’!” Phenomenal!

  • Georgia on July 16, 2018 at 8:08 am

    It is phenomenal RJ – I totally agree. As this quote from the essay says ‘…to have finally found the redeeming understanding of our seemingly horrifically flawed condition BRINGS THE GREATEST RELIEF IMAGINABLE FOR HUMANS! The world that has opened up for humans now is INCREDIBLY exciting. In fact the truth is, we humans are now so numb and exhausted from the 2-million-year-long struggle to finally get to this position where we are able to explain the human condition, understand why we corrupted our species’ original Edenic state of innocence, that it will be virtually impossible for us to comprehend just how exciting the life that’s available for humans now is.’ – Phenomenal!!

  • Roger on July 19, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    It makes sense that until we had this explanation humans were going to have to find ways to avoid any information that brought our psychological state to the surface, and one of the best options we’ve had is to deflect the cause.
    Its much easier to say the environment is being destroyed because other people or countries or governments don’t care, than it is to acknowledge the environment being just one effect of a psychological conflict that influences all human behaviour … every part of a humans life.
    Jeremy wrote a really good essay about this problem called “Instinct v Intellect” … essay number 4
    …. the GOOD NEWS NOW IS WE FINALLY HAVE THE EXPLANATION

  • Sam on July 21, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Far out, reading this essay hits close to the bone, on a deeply personal level.
    I mean I’ve been divisive, materialistic, attention seeking, validation hungry, competitive, egocentric, aggressive, defensive, retaliatory and hurtful to others…its tough to have to be accountable for all that when everyone else seemed to act that same way…after reading this essay it’s possible, because its bloody relieving to understand that my behaviour was explained as somehow necessary and part of a much bigger biological picture!!…a result of a necessary conflict between intellect and instinct…blows my mind, its life changing, I can understand how those behaviours in me are now obsoleted…because it was a result of my suffering from an inability to understand how I was actually good and not bad for being divisively behaved. Christ almightly this is the real deal!!

    The idea I was ‘bad or undeserving of love’ for behaving that way, is actually wrong…I’m actually good, but psychologically upset and suffering, fk, and that I can let understanding heal me from the inside out…I can imagine if everyone is doing the same thing everywhere, and they realise what I just have, reading these insights, they’ll stop suffering as well…they’ll be free, they’ll stop their pain, they’ll care about themselves, they will care about everyone else again. I’m both rattled and relieved. This is incredible.

  • Richard on July 25, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Everything that I just read in his article can be imposed on my life and myself. I have always been on this quest for happiness. Without any success. In the past, I have always felt this burning sensation within myself, this feeling of NOT being fully accepting who I am and what I am. I did not know why I had this feeling. This feeling of not being fulfilled. Not fitting into this world, not being aligned with other human beings. Sometimes this deep feeling of not being a human being.
    So I started to read a lot of books. Don Miguel Ruiz, Eckhart Tolle, Rupert Spira. By reading I came to understand that my search for my true self was never to be found out there in the world. I was looking in the wrong places. I was looking for myself through the eyes of other human beings. So I could never find myself there. I came to understand by reading a lot of Ramana Maharshi that I had to stop searching out there and start searching within myself. So I started my path to self-inquiry. Now I am feeling blesses and fulfilled. Sometimes even free from my ego. Thank you for this beautiful article.

  • Hameed Alwi on July 26, 2018 at 9:08 am

    I admire greatly the writer’s effort to portray the human condition. It is very enlightening and I pray and hope this work shall become a monumental treatise for generations to benefit.

    In fact, what we are attempting to research belongs to a different mode of existence. Man is not just a material being but a true combination of spiritual and material complex. The spiritual contents of man cannot be understood by man himself. Hence God sent His Holy Scriptures the Torah, Psalms, Evangel and the Qur’an. In these Holy Scriptures God has fully explained by His infallible wisdom the nature of humans that it consists of the highest and noblest qualities as well as the lowest ones. Man can reach to the highest point by acquisition of true knowledge which is embeded in the Scriptures as well as in the mysteries of creation.

    God has shown humans how to acquire the knowledge as well as the righteous path.

    When man ignores acquisition of knowledge he can only drift on the wrong path and become evil.

    When man realises the folly and reverts to the path of knowledge and noble deeds, he regains the lost status.

    Rest is simply the expansion of the original theme.

    Best wishes

    Note: Your exposition of the human condition is enormously lengthy for an average person to faithfully keep on reading and assimilate. Please condense it. Even your condensation is lengthy.

    • Susy on July 27, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      I find this essay extraordinary. As you digest this more Hameed you will see that it is THE monumental treatise for all humans. The human condition has actually been fully and compassionately explained by Jeremy Griffith! It is of incalculable importance, really and truly our ‘holy grail’. Now the human condition has been explained it IS possible now to understand the ‘spiritual contents’ of man and not only that but our intellectual contents, loving and so called ‘evil’ contents and everything else under the sun! And now that it is all explained we can leave the horrible human condition world full of ignorance and pain, and be truly liberated! That is what is available to us all right now but there’s one initial problem, and that is, as this essay so clearly explains, we have lived in such mortal fear of the whole subject, we have such immense guilt and insecurity about our fundamental worth and goodness, and that it makes hearing this information at the start quite tricky. And when we don’t understand why, we blame the presentation like saying it needs to be condensed. It’s all explained in the next essay which is all about the difficulty of reading about the human condition AND the solution to it. Read on, it’s awesome!

  • Zia on August 2, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    What an experience to read this essay and to watch Jeremy Griffith explain the human condition.

    It’s absolutely amazing watching the core problem on earth being solved and the solution to all the madness being unravelled right before our eyes.

    This presentation connected me to what the human condition is, as the essay says “the human condition is not ‘out there’, its within us” and has helped me to understand and appreciate the extreme fear I/humans have had in looking at the subject at all. I can see that’s only possible now because it has been completely explained and understood …

    These essays have THE most precious explanation. “…the greatest of all questions has finally been answered.” !!! It was so powerful to read William Blake’s poem posing this fundamental question so many years ago that Jeremy Griffith has now answered. As this presentation reveals, everything “has depended upon finding understanding of the human condition”.

    Also from the essay, “Even though we have practised living in denial of the issue of the human condition, finding understanding of it HAS BEEN ‘the key’ to a psychologically relieved world for humans”.

    This breakthrough sets us free and opens up a whole new human-condition free world for humans!

  • Donna on September 17, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Sharing around for reflection & discussion.

  • Harry Stadier jr on September 29, 2018 at 12:25 am

    We claim to be a true civilization. A true civilization doesn’t have wars or controversial opinions. A true civilization has peace and harmony as a species. They set goals to achieve a better life for all. All of the negative aspects of the individual are cast away because it is useless and non productive as a species. When we all work together, everything changes. We all deserve a better world for one another. As a community of man. We are all capable of knowing right from wrong. Selfishness greed and anger become obsolete. Unless we aren’t smart enough to create a real civilization. We can do so many great things. When we achieve peace as a whole without being egotistical. Then we have a world that becomes loving and intelligent to achieve greater things. Like the beams of a house. Each one of us is a beam in this house,if some are broken or weak the house will fall. Therefore chaos takes place and destroys the house. When we reinforce those beams the house stands. The reinforcement of this house is love. It is the true strength of creation and not destruction. We validate what we want. Through validation of chaos we have more of the same. So in essence it is up to each individual to validate things of value as a people. To create better values,is to create a new and better world. We all deserve the best out of ourselves and for society as well as our fellow man. We need to take care of one another and our planet and all life that exists. So our species may flourish. Universal harmony for all to work together to achieve this goal. If we want to change the world, we need to change ourselves first. We can do great things together. Divided we fall! Together we stand! I will never validate division unless it is to divide myself into good and bad then subtract the bad then add to the good and watch it multiply. It’s a simple formula. Divide subtract add and multiple. Thank you very much. I appreciate all that you do. I am 100% with you. Your fellow awarness consciousness of truth and light so we may all see. God bless you and may you be guided to the highest forfillment of love and unity. Harry Stadier

  • Jess Smith on November 18, 2018 at 8:30 am

    This certainly makes sense to me.

  • William Finch on May 28, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    A very good example of the deaf affect is realised when one reads the poem tiger tiger in the night, by William Blake it has an allegory which until explained would cause the deaf affect in one not familiar with poems. Thank you for the explanation of the poem.

  • Shiraz Fazal on June 2, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Transformation of human race is already in a state of happening and all good knowledge to aspire humanity to awaken is made possible also with your good efforts.
    What you share is enlightening. The world contains
    millions of human beings living in such egocentric human conditions that needs to change for better. I hope that with more help from learned and awake people, ways to reach diverse communities and races of people can be attained to share knowledge and make our world a place of love and peace where souls flower in love, gratitude and deep care of each other. God Bless and let us all forgive and forgive. Ameen.

  • Ernesto O. Hoffmann on November 30, 2019 at 4:54 am

    My interest in Human Stupidity forces me to penetrate fields outside my medical profession. Being stupidity predominantly an intellectual deficit is an issue obviously part of the Human Condition. Human stupidity is among the issues that seem very important to humanity, but it is persistently ignored by human society. From the point of view of stupidity or relative intellectual deficit, the allegory of the cave of Plato is expressed in my mind as an intellectual deficit generated by neuro developmental delay: Humanity has not yet reached evolutionary maturity, it is in the period of phylogenetic adolescence or phylogenetic intellectual deficit. “Man has not yet reached the full development and full personality of his intellectual powers.” Mikhail Bakunin, 1860. “The human is a transitional animal, it is not at the climax of its evolution.” Carl Sagan, 1994. The Evolution cannot quickly turn ignorant and stupid savages into civilized and intelligent civilians and has to go through a period of transition, which is the period in which we live. “From the phylogenetic point of view, humanity is in the age of the donkey.” Kuke Lito, 2019. It goes without saying that these ideas of J. Griffith (FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition), fall like a refreshing rain in my mind frustrated by the indifference of humans on issues that, if possible to eliminate them, would result in a drastic improvement in their standard of living.

  • Bruce on December 29, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    In my various readings I have only come across one reference to small children. I’m a father to a three year old girl. A beautiful child. Are not the instincts alive and well in infants and small children. I see those qualities in her of caring, sharing, compassion and loving. But clearly evident in her as a baby was aggression. She is growing out of it more now but she used to hit people. So is this not evidenced that we have aggressive instincts. She has much love and I’m sure the aggression she has shown is not environmental. It’s also evident in my brother in law’s one year old who bites other children. This is fairly common. So how does this stack up that aggression and violence is psychological and not instinctual?

    • Susan Susan on December 30, 2019 at 7:15 pm

      It’s wonderful to have your interest in the WTM Bruce. You have opened up a big topic there so please forgive the length of my reply! The short answer is no, we wouldn’t see the examples you provide of infants and children demonstrating aggressive behaviour as evidence that we have aggressive instincts, in fact we would say it is evidence that we have loving ones!
       
      Firstly as is explained in Video/Freedom Essays 2 and 14, Jeremy explains the key biological distinction that humans suffer from is the conscious-mind-based, psychologically troubled human condition, not the genetic-opportunism-based, animal condition. And, most importantly, as these videos explain, psychosis can be healed with understanding, so our psychologically upset human nature is fixable or changeable—not unchangeable, which is what it would essentially be if our competitive and aggressive nature was instinctive; if it was something that is in our genes and we were born with.
       
      I would recommend you look at chapter 8 of FREEDOM which present the fascinating stages of humanity’s maturation from ignorance to enlightenment, starting obviously with infancy in section 8.3 and childhood in 8.4-8.7. Infancy is where consciousness starts to emerge, becoming sufficiently aware of cause and effect to realise ‘I exist’. Jeremy further explains these stages in Freedom Expanded Book 1, such as in Part 8:4D where for example he says, “Although infants haven’t been consciously mature enough to try to actually understand and explain the imperfections of the world like older children and adolescents attempted to do, they have been deeply aware of the problem of the imperfections of the human condition and have been distressed by it. Indeed, much of the difficulties associated with the stage known as the ‘terrible two’s’ that infants have gone through have probably been due to their struggles with, and protests against, the ‘wrongness’ of the human condition, and I am not just talking about instinctive expectations not being met, but conscious awarenesses of what is right behaviour not being enacted; I am talking about both psychosis and neurosis. Some evidence of the awareness infants have of the wrongness of the human-condition-afflicted world is that the infants of relatively innocent, less human-condition-afflicted races of humans today, such as the Bushmen of South Africa and the Australian Aboriginal, rarely cry—to quote a renowned paediatrician, ‘!Kung [Bushmen]…infants hardly ever cry’”.
       
      And in terms of my own life, I know I have been told many stories of my infancy and the wilful expressions of protest against the wrongness of the world! What helps us all when we come across this liberating understanding of the human condition, and that is in regard to whatever situation we like to look at, is connecting with just how immensely, immensely separated from our all-sensitive and all-loving soul the whole human race has had to become and therefore how devastating it is for a child (and we were all children once) to be born into our alienated, soul-destroyed world. This level of devastation of our species’ original all-loving innocent world is EVERYWHERE now, and is beyond many children’s ability to cope. Everywhere a child looks there is madness, wrongness and bewildering pain, in terms of what their soul expects — as described by R.D. Laing in par. 123, and by Isaiah in par. 182 of ‘FREEDOM’. But what is so significant now, as Jeremy writes about in chapter 6:13 of FREEDOM (which is well worth reading) nurturing can now becomes a priority. Having found the compassionate biological understanding of the upsetting battle that humans have had to wage against the ignorance of our instinctive self as to the fundamental goodness of our conscious self, our species’ preoccupation with that battle can at last end and focus return to the nurturing of our children. Jeremy says “Parents can now understand that their inability to adequately love their offspring is not their fault, but the product of the ever-accumulating levels of upset in the human race as a whole that resulted from our species’ heroic 2-million-year search for knowledge, specifically for self-knowledge, understanding of why we conscious humans are good and not bad.”
       
      I hope this is of some help to you Bruce, your beautiful daughter is a very lucky girl to have a father who loves her so much that he’s looking for the answer to such an important question as the one you ask, and I can guarantee you, this redeeming, world-saving and transforming information will produce a future so full of love, honesty and freedom that all our instincts, and our intellect for that matter, are going to be beside themselves with relief and happiness!

  • Nell on January 8, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    I understand this but it doesn’t change humanity…..knowing that we are innately so now that we have been told we are fighting our instincts….do we just stop being greedy, bi/polar schizophrenic,narcissistic, angry, nasty, psychotic, vengeful, malicious, aggressive people…..Give us a better antidote than recognition😂😂😂😂😂 good does not justify Hitler or any other mentally disturbed actions humans have taken. This is just another excuse like all the new age excuses. Lol Do you really expect us to believe that you finally got it right when no one else has. I

    • Genevieve Genevieve on January 9, 2020 at 9:27 am

      Fair enough Nell! But importantly this biological understanding of why we became upset as a species doesn’t condone or sanction ‘evil’, or dogmatically assert we should or can just stop that behaviour, rather, through bringing understanding to humans’ upset behaviour, it gives us the power to ameliorate and thus subside and ultimately eliminate it. ‘Evil’—humans’ divisive behaviour—was a result of a conflict and insecurity within us that arose from the dilemma of the human condition, so once you resolve the dilemma, you end the conflict and insecurity. Peace could only come to our troubled, divisive state and world through removing the underlying insecurity of our condition. With our ego or sense of self worth satisfied at the most fundamental level, our anger can now subside and all our denials and resulting alienation can be dismantled. For an explanation of the dysfunctional, extremely narcissistic ‘Power Addicted’ state of which Hitler is an extreme example I recommend chapter 8:16D of Jeremy’s definitive book FREEDOM: The End of The Human Condition.
       
      You have every right to be sceptical Nell but this information is all rational, understandable knowledge, we’re on safe ground. There is no dogma, or faith, or belief, or mysticism, or superstition, or any abstract concepts involved in the explanation, and it is certainly not new age (see FAQ 6.5). The significance of it though does take some time to absorb, but the more you do absorb it, the more you realise just how all-redeeming, all-reconciling, all-liberating it is.

  • Zahed Khan on January 26, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    Great thinkers, all of them, but in the end, it is we ourselves who must decide what is good or bad and that depends a great deal on our own experiances in life and the situation we are in right then. No one can predict what we will decide then!

    • God by means of holy spirit on May 17, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      With kind regards Gods begotten son xxx❤️🥰🙏

  • Michael Gasiorowski on January 29, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks so much for sending me the newsletters.
    I am watching and reading as much of this as I can.
    Read through freedom in about a week or two wow.
    I think things might be getting through so I’ll keep chipping away.
    Found myself laughing joyously as I watched a video earlier today.
    That was something else.
    So we are all wonderful good and great!
    Once again thanks……………

  • John mays on January 31, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    I am still reading , waiting for the conclusion .

  • John mays on February 2, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Thanks , I need to tread more before commenting .

  • Olga Marr on March 15, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    How does one apply this to normal life and live that wonderful life you describe.

  • Jimmy Clay on April 13, 2020 at 7:58 am

    This is fantastic. You are right, it is finding a way to get this message across without scaring the whole lot. It actually is a brick wall that CAN and must be dissassembled. If not, we will simply remain stuck in this egoic condition.
    Thank You, and I will be subscribing.

    Thank You…Thank You!!!

  • John Delaney on May 24, 2020 at 12:02 am

    I have cried before I discovered this book I already knew I believe in jesus I considered myself to be not the son of God but a son of God and I’m a little disappointed why because I have a wide taste and love of music and songs I listen frequently to all the music lyrics of all the bands you mentioned the doors bob Dylan cat Stevens u2 etc since I was a child
    and mabey I’m missing something or maybe you are no mention of bob Marley or his sons sun is shining three little birds I could go on and on but I understand you cant include everything so I want to say a billion thanks because now I don’t feel so alone in this cave I see the sun and the son inside and outside my door I’m ready to leave this cave I’m abit like Jim Morrison committing suicide in slow motion I’m 64 I should be dead from substance abuse smoking alcohol weed but I know God will decide when it’s my time thank you again sorry if I have made spelling mistakes or bad grammar I left school at 14 I have no education I search for knowledge though life music weed an the bible

  • Deepak Bhatt on May 24, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    When anyone works with “HEAD,HEART & HANDS”, his “HEAD & HEART unites. Door of Light opens. Journey from Darkness to Light starts. Thanks to Jeremy Griffith & WTM Team.

  • terry winter on August 30, 2020 at 6:27 am

    The supplanting of self doubt by our so called superior peers is the key to our lack of success,