Transcript of Part 1 of the 2-part video titled
‘Resignation | The Unresigned Mind | “Ships at Sea”’
by Jeremy Griffith with Franklin Mukakanga and
Stefan Rössler, in Sydney on 25 Feb. 2017.
You give this book, (TYL), to people and they are just in shock because it dares to start off by saying that we were once innocent, then it talks about Resignation and it includes Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream (1895), because now we can understand that the horror of the resigned world is like that.
You see these two people walking along the promenade? They’re just walking like it’s a normal day, but for this guy, he’s screaming. The whole atmosphere is vibrating with terror because this is the real situation, this is a mad world and this person can see it. That’s the effect the resigned world has on an innocent. When you’re like these two people here, resigned, it’s just as it’s always been, so what? So this section of Part 1 of TYL is all about Resignation and it’s just breaking the rules all day long, every sentence of this book is. We’ve never discussed or admitted Resignation, let alone that there are unresigned people which is hugely shocking. [See for explanation of Resignation and the ‘ship at sea’ state.] I found this understanding before I was 30, so I had a bridging understanding to help me deal with the horror of the resigned world. But when I was in my early 20s and conducting my search for the thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) in Tasmania I carried around a bit of paper that had the first words of each sentence of a document I wrote called What I Reckon! to help me memorise what I’d written rather than carrying around the whole document. It was a pretty childish kind of explanation, but I had to have some bridging understanding to keep me going.
But the very, very, very important thing, I’ve worked out in my mind anyway, is that Franklin [Mukakanga, from WTM Zambia] is 10 years older than Stefan [Rössler, from WTM Austria]. Both of them are ‘ships at sea’ but Stefan, this is an amazing story, was so desperate to try to understand this resigned world, this mad world of adults, that he actually decided that aliens must have infiltrated planet Earth, that resigned people must be aliens. He couldn’t understand why they were so different or why his thinking seemed to be so different from theirs. Anyway, this is very funny, when he got hold of a copy of (FREEDOM), the first thing he looked up in the Index was the word, ‘aliens’, and there was the word ‘alienation’, which is used in nearly every sentence to describe that we have become alienated from our soul’s truthful world! And he thought, ‘Shit, my worst fears are confirmed!’ It’s a very funny story but that’s how desperate you become when you’re unresigned, because you can’t make any sense of the resigned world, because the resigned world is living in silence. The comment I made the most through those early years before I found this bridging understanding was that adults take it for granted that the way they live is self-evident, because they’re so silent, they don’t admit it. They aren’t even aware they are. They think it’s self-evident why they behave the way they do, but to an innocent it’s a total mystery, it’s absolute sheer pain, if you haven’t got a bridging understanding ().
What happens at Resignation is that you decide, ‘I can’t try to make sense of this world and myself, so I have to resign to world being the way it is.’ And then you’re part of the problem, you’re part of the world as it is. But if you stay unresigned, it’s a torturous life, absolutely torturous. I mean how horrific was it that Stefan had to actually believe there must be aliens on this planet? ‘I can’t understand, they’re weird as all get out!’ So if Stefan didn’t find that bridging understanding, and he’s up to believing the world is full of aliens, and he’s now 31, and Franklin’s 41, so add another ten years to Stefan’s equation, Franklin is going to be absolutely desperate, really shut down. Because the only way they cope if you listen to these two guys, and I’ve been listening to them for a fortnight, is by adopting, masquerading ‘faking it to make it’, pretending to be part of the resigned world. In his presentation for the opening of the WTM Centre in Austria, Stefan says, ‘I always knew that I was different and either everyone else was lying and odd or I was just completely crazy. I’d get called naive and people always told me that I’m a dreamer and that it’s about time for me to finally adjust to reality. But I refused to do that and instead I just decided to become a likeable and seemingly well-adjusted person. Then I decided to become very operational, which was pretty easy for me because I knew it wasn’t real—it was just a game. It was a case of “faking it to make it”. But underneath the surface I was getting more and more desperate for answers and I needed to find a meaning in life.’ (To watch Stefan’s presentation or to print the transcript go to )
So they both ‘faked it to make it’. They develop adaptions to try to look like they’re participating in getting on with the upset world, but they’re not really. They’re only doing it so they can coexist and the longer you do that the more habituated it becomes. In my estimation I think Franklin, because he’s got such a wonderful mind, has built a facade around being somewhat intellectual, because he’s so good with words and so good on paper he can sort of scam it get on in that world. So that intellectualism has now become part of his persona and he’s got a lot of layers. He talks about peeling the layers from an onion to get back to this innocent child within him, his original innocent, happy state. So he’s, I use the word ‘crushed’. When Franklin was young, instead of going to university he just went bush for a couple of years, he didn’t want to go and see the European countries like all his other African friends, he wanted to stay close to nature and disown all that rubbish because he was an unresigned prophet.
We don’t know all of Stefan’s story, but he was an exceptionally innocent boy too. When he was 12 he looked at his father who was overweight and all these grotesque older men and said, ‘I just don’t want to be part of that world.’ And at 16 he fell in love with a girl who was in a band at a folk festival, but when he talked to her the next day she told him she’d slept with another bloke the night before and that was just a spear through his heart, because when you’re very innocent the commitment to your first love is very great. So throughout Stefan’s journey he has struggled to cope with this mad world of upset. But Franklin’s crushed. He’s had to live in this terrible resigned adult world for so long that he’s developed all these defences to cope, and so his real self is a little—I said to Franklin, ‘We’re going to tie you to a tree and put your head back and get a huge crane with a big hook and lower it right down into the bottom of you, and then pull out your soul bit by bit to get it to come back onto the surface.’ So [in Franklin] there’s another ten years on top of Stefan; you can still hear excitement about life in his [Stefan’s] voice. But they both were troubled by the question, ‘Why isn’t everyone else happy and excited?’, just as I was.
I went to that party when I came out of Tasmania, and it was just a sea of people, a huge auditorium. I stood on a chair, and I talked so loudly that everyone shut up, and I told them they were all frauds and fakes and artificial, and I was really angry. Everyone went totally silent and then the blokes turned their backs on me. The woman I was with, Jill White, who later married a Premier of NSW, Neville Wran, just said something like, ‘Jeremy, sit down, the world’s more complicated than you understand and you’ll get used to it.’ But that’s how naive and desperate I was for a bridging understanding.
So it’s a whole new world of description to explain what it’s like to be a ‘ship at sea’, someone unresigned. It’s a horror story. And that’s been Franklin’s and Stefan’s story. The killer punch on that one is we’ve got a 67 year old ‘ship at sea’ who’s written to us, so that’s another 27 years of living without a bridging understanding, no understanding of the mad world; how terrible would that be! Some of his correspondence is reproduced in TYL on pages 23-24. This is the story of what happens to somebody who hasn’t had a bridging understanding as a ‘ship at sea’: ‘Have watched the video presentations [on your website] and have read to part-way through chapter two [of FREEDOM] when I read the line; “To be confused and frightened to the point of being sickened by human behaviour, indeed to be suicidally depressed by it, is the effect the human condition has if you haven’t resigned yourself to living a relieving but utterly dishonest and superficial life in denial of it.” This has shaken me to the core, as it describes my tormented life of 67 years, and it tells me why it has been so, which nothing or no-one has been able to. Having discovered this immense truth, I hope I can find in the rest of this book a way to cope with the avalanche of emotions it has unleashed. At the moment I feel overwhelmed and vulnerable, which I presume is not unknown to yourselves when this realisation occurs in people like me, and would dearly love to receive some guidance on this. I honestly believe that if anything can save the world, this book has the potential to; if the world can cope with it. Thank you. Bill [real name withheld]’ So that’s how incredibly traumatised his whole life has been.
Franklin said a similar thing about no one ever having explained his ‘ship at sea’ life in his speech for the opening of the WTM Centre in Zambia, ‘…within 5 weeks I had devoured the book [FREEDOM] from ‘cover’ to ‘cover’, as well as a lot of his earlier writing, and found his explanation of the human condition not only answered so many questions about us as a species but also explained me as an individual in ways that nothing else had done before—and it did this so thoroughly that it completely rewired my understanding of the world and immediately began stilling my mind and healing my soul…What truly amazed me about the answers provided in Jeremy’s work was just how deep they went for me on a very, very personal level.’ (To watch Franklin’s presentation or to print the transcript go to )
So I found a bridging understanding, I had a little bullshit explanation for a long time but then I found the real one, and so I didn’t have to die a million deaths like these two guys have, Stefan and Franklin. So they’re coming back from the dead as it were, layer by layer. Like I said to them the other day, twice, ‘I don’t think there’s anybody on Earth at this moment who’s recovering from an understanding, or some sort of psychological breakthrough in their understanding of themselves, and making as much progress as quickly as these two blokes.’ It’s such a torturous position to not understand the world of reality, the upset world/the resigned world. And to finally find that understanding; well you can read it between the lines in Franklin’s emails to me, it’s just so enormously relieving. You can just feel the relief pouring out of their pores from finally having some understanding.
Anyway. So that’s a bit about their background, is that pretty right? [Stefan and Franklin both nod their heads in agreement.]