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This is Freedom Essay 1


Why understanding the human condition
solves everything


All the problems we’re experiencing on this planet, aside from natural phenomenon, are caused by us humans. They are caused by the ‘human condition’, and, astonishing a claim as it is, it is that underlying, core issue of our troubled human condition that Jeremy Griffith actually addresses and solves.


These are WTM member Tony Gowing’s summarising opening words in the first of the introductory videos that appear at the top of our homepage. In this first video, Tony uses the ‘Up River Story’ to describe humanity’s predicamentthat politics, law, religions and charities have only ever been dealing with the symptoms of our condition, whereas Jeremy’s breakthrough explanation of our condition actually succeeds in solving our problems at their source, ending them forever.

So, in case you haven’t already watched this very short introduction to this crux issue of the human condition, we urge you to watch it now and share in Tony’s excitement about this greatest of all breakthroughs in the human journey:



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All the problems we’re experiencing on this planet, aside from natural phenomenon, are caused by us humans. They are caused by the ‘human condition’, and, astonishing a claim as it is, it is that underlying, core issue of our troubled human condition that the World Transformation Movement [WTM] website [] actually addresses and solves. [The explanation of the human condition is presented in Video/​F. Essay 3.]

A powerful way to introduce the human condition and its solution is The Up River Story. Imagine a fast flowing river full of people drowning, and on the banks of the river there are people trying to save themlinking arms to try to reach them; some even try to find a narrower section of the river where they can be more effective. But as much as everyone tries, more and more people are being swept downstream.

After a while, a few of the rescuers begin to leave the river bank, which prompts the others to shout out, ‘Come back! We need your help’but those leaving reply, ‘This is ridiculous; we’re going upstream to find the son-of-a-bitch who’s pushing all these people in!’

Obviously, the people being swept downstream symbolise all the problems facing the world; all the wars, refugee crises, polarised politics, depression, greed, famine, environmental devastationyou name it. And the rescuers represent governments trying to make better laws or policies to cope; or charities, like the Red Cross helping the homeless; or religions helping the suffering.

But the point of the story is that trying to pull people out of the river is only dealing with the symptoms of the problem. Someone has to go upstream and address and solve the source of the problem, which is us. We are the problem. We are the ones who are egocentric, selfish, greedy, materialistic, fake, angry as hell. That is usour destructively behaved, so-called, human conditionand it’s that underlying issue that really has to be addressed and fixed.

Some where, some time, some day, some one had to go upstream to the source of all the problemsaddress and solve the human conditionand someone has. In his 2016 book FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition, Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith presents the breakthrough biological explanation of the human conditionand that explanation of our divisive and destructive lives is so redeeming and healing it ends the human condition forever, which is why it has been described as ‘the book that saves the world’. [This comment, which is quoted on the cover of FREEDOM, is from Professor Harry Prosen, former President of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, who says in his Introduction to FREEDOM that ‘I have no doubt FREEDOM provides the holy grail of insight we have sought for the psychological rehabilitation of the human race. This is the book we have been waiting for, it is the book that saves the world.’]

You see, after everything I’ve been saying about us humans, we appear to be devilsthat we destroy everything we touch, that we’re just a virus on the planetbut this book explains that despite appearances, we humans are not just good, but actually the heroes of the story of life on Earth!

And the fabulous significance of this understanding that lifts the burden of guilt from humans is that it finally brings to an end an underlying insecurity about our self-worthand since it’s that insecurity that’s been causing all our frustrated, retaliatory and defensive egocentric, competitive, selfish, and angry behaviour, by ending that insecurity it ends all that upset behaviour and transforms the human race. That is why solving the human condition has been described as the holy grail of the whole human journey of conscious thought and enquiry. This is the great breakthrough that the human race has lived in hope and faith would one day be found. That is the significance of this phenomenal book FREEDOM that goes ‘up river’ and solves the human condition.


Professor Harry Prosen, Former President, Canadian Psychiatric Association




Professor Harry Prosen’s commendation


Paul, an appreciative reader of FREEDOM




Paul’s commendation


Franklin Mukakanga




Franklin Mukakanga’s commendation


Brian Carlton, Australian broadcaster, journalist and commentator




Brian Carlton’s commendation


Dr. Anna Fitzgerald, biological scientist



Anna Fitzgerald’s Let’s Go quote


Tim Macartney-Snape, world-renowned mountaineer and twice-honoured Order of Australia recipient




Tim Macartney-Snape’s commendation


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For further reading on why the human condition is the one core issue that needs to be solved if there is to be a future for the human race, we recommend you read chapters 1:1 – 1:2 of FREEDOM.


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These essays were composed in 2017-2018 by Jeremy Griffith, Damon Isherwood,
Fiona Cullen-Ward & Brony FitzGerald at the Sydney WTM Centre.



Please note, we encourage constructive discussion about this information and so reserve the right to moderate or decline posts that we feel are not relevant or inappropriate. In particular, with the subject of the human condition being so confronting, malice can easily occur, and where comments are deemed to be motivated not by objectivity but by malice, they will be declined. It has to be appreciated that the possibility of malice toward this subject matter is very real, and we have a responsibility to manage that as best we can.