Real and lasting peace will sweep the world!!
I wrote this in the middle of the night after being woken by disturbing dreams sparked from watching the film earlier that evening. The 2013 film is a very moving yet graphic account—based on a true story—of a US Navy Seal’s battle with his inner demons after almost dying, and watching three of his mates die, in a conflict with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The movie must have stirred many emotions for it to wake me; from sadness and horror, to deep gratitude for the sacrifices those men made for the sake of our freedom. But what struck me at that moment—and inspired me to write this down—was that this explanation of the human condition as presented by biologist Jeremy Griffith, means that men and women in the not-to-distant future will no longer have to physically fight to maintain our basic right to freedom.
A feeling of relief and excitement began to wash over me instead as I immersed myself in the realisation that this new understanding of our seemingly flawed nature means that life as we know it, and as we have known it for the past two million years, will not exist in the future—the wars occurring around the world will come to a much needed end and humanity can finally be at peace and that peace will be everlasting.
This harmony—as extraordinary as it may sound—can only now be achieved by bringing an end the psychological warfare that has gone on in our heads every day since the dawn of consciousness some two million years ago. The fundamental battle has been to understand the riddle of all riddles that has plagued us—of why on the one hand we are good, when on the other we appear to be so bad? How can we love some people but hate others to the point of murdering them? Why do we selflessly jump into raging torrents of water without thinking to save another’s life, while at the same time we can be so selfish as to refuse to relinquish a seat on the bus for someone who needs it more? Why do we drive luxury vehicles in the Western world when one of those cars could feed starving children in Africa? Why, why, why? The questions seem endless and unanswerable; no wonder humanity is as Jeremy so profoundly titled his 2003 bestselling book.
We can barely live with ourselves(!)—let alone others. So it’s remarkable how courageous humans really are, just in getting up each day and putting our best foot forward in the hope that these answers would one day come along, which thankfully they now have.
This biological explanation of the human condition finally answers all the “why’s” at the most fundamental level. In particular—and most importantly—it provides the soothing, relieving answer to that deeply agonising and terrorising question of questions: are we good or are we bad?
Provided is the ‘naked but dignifying truth’ that while yes, we have become angry, egocentric, selfish, competitive and alienated, we are in fact good. We are loving, selfless and cooperative, we do have a moral soul. Jeremy’s treatise on the human condition explains that the battle going on inside ourselves is simply a result of a battle between two different learning systems; our instinctive orientation and our more recently acquired conscious thinking self. He explains that our instinctive orientation is in fact to be loving, selfless and cooperative. This instinctive orientation fostered nurturing, which enabled our conscious thinking mind to evolve (see ). But this newly acquired learning system was fundamentally at odds with the already established instinctive orientation (see the ). They simply didn’t and couldn’t—until now—understand each other, couldn’t understand that each had a legitimate right to exist.
The power of this explanation is that it enables the internal battle to end, which in turn—when enough humans catch onto this incredibly powerful equation—will bring a true end to the psychological and physical warfare humanity has endured for eons.
The power of this explanation is that it enables the internal battle to end
Life—as we know it—will not be the way people in the future will have to live. In fact, as Jeremy explains, humans in the future who are born free of having to live in the horror of the human condition will look back in amazement at how torturous our lives have had to be. And what’s even more amazing, seemingly other-worldly and something truly to look forward to, is that instead of fighting against each other, humans will be able to at last become warriors for a new peaceful world, linking arms to live and work side-by-side together to clean up our almost broken planet and selves.
As Jeremy describes in ‘Along the pathway of the sun’ to ‘The vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended’ in ‘…you look up towards the skyline and you see something absolutely amazing coming towards you. From one end of the horizon to the other an army in its millions appears of TRANSFORMED, human-condition-liberated, empowered people living for each other and for the world—because their old egocentric existence has finally been understood and thus obsoleted, put away forever, gone, done-its-job, finished with.’
I especially love these words at the start of the passage:
Love has come to the world in its absolute purest form, namely as relieving understanding. We humans are free now of the agony of the human condition. Everyone in every situation and predicament can now rise up as radiant new beings from their corpse-like state. A great rising up of humans will now occur across the world. Everyone is now able to come back to life—to wake up from a human-condition-afflicted torpor and look outwards and see each other and the world for the first time, and move across and help each other, and do anything and everything that needs doing to end the suffering and pain that plagues this planet.
The great awakening of the human race is on! We humans have, in truth, all been asleep, owned by so much pain and suffering. Certainly we are going to be in shock for a little while absorbing the realisation that we have finally won our freedom from the agony of the human condition—but it’s on, the great awakening, the rising up of the human race from its deep slumber.
From the festering, stalled state it has been in for far too long, waiting for these liberating understandings of the human condition, the human race is finally on its way. What did Doug Lobban say in his Affirmation in Section 3:4? ‘I’ve got this image of marching straight forward with incredible purpose, straight out of a massive swamp into long green grass with flowers and butterflies and sunshine, and never ever looking back, just keep marching forward. Everyone together, we are going to have so much fun.’ Yes, the door is wide open and sunlight is now streaming into our world. We can all wake up now; we can all break out of our chrysalis, our human-condition-afflicted straitjacket, where we have been constrained, letting the wings of our great potential unfold in the sunshine of relieving understanding to reveal the fabulously beautiful creatures we really are.
As further evidence that humanity will indeed live truly peacefully, which we all so deeply yearn for, how beautiful and prescient are these words from Joel in the Bible that appear in ; ‘Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was of old nor ever will be in ages to come…Before them the land is like the garden of Eden, behind them, a desert waste—nothing escapes them. They have the appearance of horses; they gallop along like cavalry…They all march in line, not swerving from their course. They do not jostle each other [Joel 2]’
And from , ‘Yes, the excitement and relief of being effectively free of the human condition—the joy and happiness of being liberated from the burden of our insecurities and self-preoccupations; the awesome meaning and power of finally being aligned with the truth and participating in the magic true world; the wonderful empathy and equality of goodness and fellowship that understanding of the human condition now allows us to feel for our fellow humans; the freedom now to effectively focus on repairing the world; and, above all, the radiant aliveness from the optimism that comes with knowing our species’ march through hell has finally ended and that a human-condition-free new world is coming—CAN NOW TRANSFORM EVERY HUMAN AND THUS THE WORLD.’
Just knowing that the human condition has been solved and that this will enable a whole new generation of humans free of the human condition fills me with incredible joy and a deep sense of meaning and purpose to get these understandings to the world so that every human can benefit from their much-needed healing effects. There really is so much to live for—a future free of war, both physical and psychological, where people will truly be able to love each other and be at peace with themselves, other people, animals and all of nature. It’s hard to imagine right now in the world that we live in that is beset with incredible levels of pain and suffering, but I know it’s coming and that is just so relieving and exciting.