Transcript of Jeremy Griffith presenting
‘The Magnificence of the Transformed State’
I want to begin this presentation about membership by restating the fabulous situation you, and all other humans, are now in.
I’ve just got to begin by playing some of Jerry Lee Lewis’ Long Tall Sally from his famous 1964 performance at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany, which ‘many music journalists…regard…as one of the…greatest rock and roll concert[s]…ever’ (Wikipedia 2011).
I know that such excitement and happiness may seem insensitive to all the suffering in the world, but this joy and enthusiasm is not out of place because ‘the cavalry is coming’—well, that is the phrase used in ‘Cowboys and Indians’ folklore; in more contemporary ‘Star Wars’ terms, ‘the Force’ is with us—everything is possible now, help is on its way to every person in every corner of the world. 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? ‘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.’ (You can watch or read Doug’s affirmation at .) 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 explained in chapter 5 of FREEDOM, our species’ original, natural instinctive state is to be cooperative, selfless and loving. We have a cooperative, loving, instinctive, moral soul, which means that serving others is our original, innate, natural inclination, but this instinctive aspect of ourselves has had to be ruthlessly oppressed by our conscious intellect because of its naive, unjust criticism of our conscious mind’s search for knowledge—but thankfully our intellect has been championed, soul and intellect are at last reconciled and so that horrible and tragic situation is now over, which means our original, natural, soulful, true self can re-emerge. Behaving selflessly is our natural inclination. It’s a capacity that has been sitting inside us waiting for the time when it could be liberated, which has at last arrived.
This amazing situation will, at first, seem a little odd because it has taken such a long time, two million years in fact, to get to this point where we could genuinely abandon the upsetting battle that the human race has been involved in and let our unconditionally selfless, all-loving soulful, true selves free. So it does take a little bit of effort to let go of our habituated but now obsoleted egocentric, must-prove-ourselves, power-fame-fortune-and-glory-seeking way of living and bring the incredibly loving side of ourselves to the fore. However, it’s really not that difficult a step to take. Once a few people discover this amazingly free, alive, all-meaningful, sensitive-to-and-aware-of-everything-for-the-first-time-in-our-lives Transformed Lifeforce Way of Living—a discovery that has already occurred in the WTM as all the Affirmations by members evidence (see )—it will catch on and spread like wildfire. As the Jesuit priest and scientist Teilhard de Chardin recognised: ‘The Truth has to only appear once…for it to be impossible for anything ever to prevent it from spreading universally and setting everything ablaze’ (Let Me Explain, 1966; tr. René Hague & others, 1970, p.159 of 189).
It’s on, humanity is coming home—our real self is going to come thundering through to the forefront now and the world will open up for everyone, and everyone will help everyone else. We CAN leave our old ego-embattled lives behind now and metamorphose into free, empowered lifeforce beings.
This is not some dream I’m having; I haven’t lost my mental marbles or something. It’s 100% dinky-di, true-blue, fair-dinkum, solid-gold, ice-diamond-real what I’m saying. WE ARE FREE NOW.
Listen to Jerry Lee again! [Short burst of music plays.]
I’ll tell you something: when I had my furniture business I lived near a country town where there was a large Seventh-Day Adventist Christian community. Living for their faith rather than for themselves, and selflessly supporting and helping each other, and working together, it was amazing how functional and successful they were. I think they ran most of the successful businesses in town and owned a lot of the real estate—and yet, the overall situation in the valley where the town was located was, like everywhere else in the world, essentially sad and lonely, with ‘the good old boys’ of the town huddled together in pubs drowning their angst with alcohol and betting on horseraces to try to get a win for their embattled egos, with their unhappy, obese women folk at home screaming at the kids, and in the streets just dust and sparrows. Well, imagine you’re in that valley walking around those depressed streets, where, sure, there is a group of Seventh-Day Adventists defying the great oppressive shadow of life under the duress of the human condition by getting together and being selfless and thus to some degree functional, but basically life for humans is still all drab and depressed—and then 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.
The point is, in all the false starts to a human-condition-free world (and they were ‘false starts’ because the upsetting battle to find liberating understanding of the human condition still had to continue), such as in the communal functionality of the Seventh-Day Adventist community, or in the example I mentioned in par. 1202 of FREEDOM of the functionality of Ned Flanders’ Christian life compared to Homer Simpson’s embattled one, we can see the rudiments, the prototype, of the huge potential of the selfless, ego-eliminated Transformed Lifeforce Way of Living. There have been many examples of the cooperative, amazingly functional way of living in all the false starts to a new world for humans that have been occurring regularly throughout history (humanity has certainly been chaffing at the bit to get to the new world!), but it is only now that the upsetting battle to find liberating understanding of the human condition has been won that the human race as a whole leaves the old individualistic, egocentric, power-fame-fortune-and-glory-seeking way of living. It is only now that we are going to see the true power of all-out and all-pervading selfless communalism come into being.
Again, this vision I’ve described of the liberation of the whole human race from the horror of the self-obsessed, must-prove-our-worth, egocentric way of living is not some mad dream I’m having—it is a vision, a hope and faith that the whole of the human race has firmly held onto since our journey to overcome ignorance about our true worth as humans first began some two million years ago! As I have mentioned before, in the Bible the prophet Joel perfectly articulated the vision of our species’ liberation from the human condition when he said, ‘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. With a noise like that of chariots…like a mighty army…They all march in line, not swerving from their course. They do not jostle each other’ (Joel 2).
The exact same vision of our species’ liberation from the human condition and the emergence of an amazingly cooperative, loving, selfless, functional, empowered, nothing-is-too-difficult new world was also given by the prophet Isaiah when he said: ‘He lifts up a banner [that is, the human race finds understanding] for the distant nations, he whistles for those at the ends of the earth. Here they come, swiftly and speedily! Not one of them grows tired or stumbles, not one slumbers or sleeps; not a belt is loosened at the waist, not a sandal thong is broken. Their arrows are sharp, all their bows are strung; their horses’ hoofs seem like flint, their chariot wheels like a whirlwind. Their roar is like that of the lion, they roar like young lions; they growl as they seize their prey and carry it off with no-one to rescue. In that day they will roar over it like the roaring of the sea [there will be immense excitement, enthusiasm and commitment]’ (Isa. 5:26–30).
And the same vision appears in the Irish band U2’s songs: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (1987), where he sang, ‘I believe in the Kingdom Come when all the colours will bleed into one’; and in Where The Streets Have No Name (1987), which says, We’re beaten and blown by the wind, trampled in dust. [But] I’ll show you a place, high on a [uncorrupted] desert plain, where the streets have no name…Then there will be no toil or sorrow, then there will be no time of pain’; and in When Love Comes To Town (1987), which includes the lines, ‘I was a sailor, I was lost at sea, I was under the waves…But I did what I did before love [truth/understanding] came to town…I’ve seen love [truth] conquer the great divide [between ‘good and evil’]…When love comes to town I’m gonna jump that train’—because, as the singer-songwriter Cat Stevens foresaw (in his 1971 song Peace Train), ‘out on the edge of darkness there rides a peace train’ that has at last arrived to ‘take’ us ‘home again’.
The Australian rock band Hunters and Collectors’ 1993 song Holy Grail perfectly described the vision of humanity’s liberation: ‘Woke up this morning from the strangest dream, I was in the biggest army the world had ever seen, we were marching as one on the road to the Holy Grail [to liberating understanding]. Started out seeking fortune and glory, it’s a short song but it’s a hell of a story, when you spend your lifetime trying to get your hands, on the Holy Grail. Well have you heard about the Great Crusade? We ran into millions but nobody got paid [selfless cooperation replaced selfish greed], yeah we razed four corners of the globe for the Holy Grail. All the locals scattered, they were hiding in the snow. We were so far from home, so how were we to know there’d be nothing left to plunder when we stumbled on the Holy Grail?
The vision, the hope, the faith, the belief in humanity’s eventual liberation from the human condition has existed within us all since time immemorial—and all the false starts to that fabulous future that have been occurring throughout history serve to reveal just how much humanity has hungered for its arrival. They also serve to show how gloriously functional an ego-less existence for humans is going to be. The apostle St Paul gave possibly the best sales pitch ever for Christianity when he compared Christianity (where deferment to the embodiment of the ideals in Christ made you feel you were good or ‘righteous’) with the previous best way of coping with the upset state of the human condition, which was Moses’ Ten Commandments (where you restrained your upsets out of fear of punishment). St Paul said, ‘Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory [glorious because those laws restrained excessive upset and by so doing brought society back from the brink of destruction]…fading though it was [there was no sustaining positive in having discipline imposed on you], will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory’ (2 Cor. 3:7–11). Well, if religion was an infinitely more ‘glorious’ way of living to living out of fear of punishment, the new ‘surpassing glory’ to religion of the Transformed Lifeforce Way of Living, which the ending of the battle to find understanding of the human condition brings, is so wonderful, so ‘glorious’ that it is completely beyond comparison with any way of living conscious humans have ever experienced. The ‘glory’ that comes to the human race now is unimaginably exciting—well, what did Beethoven’s symphony say? ‘Joy’, ‘Joyful, as a hero to victory!’, ‘Join in our jubilation!’, ‘We enter, drunk with fire, into your sanctuary…Your magic reunites…All men become brothers…All good, all bad…Be embraced, millions! This kiss for the whole world!’ (see par. 1049 of FREEDOM).
So the message is clear: become a member of the WORLD TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT and ‘Join in our jubilation!’—don’t miss out on the most exciting event in the history of the world!
A number of Founding Members of the WTM, including myself, my brother Simon and Tim Macartney-Snape, benefited from the influence of Australia’s greatest ever educator, Sir James Darling, as students at Geelong Grammar School (GGS) in Victoria. Described as ‘a prophet in the true biblical sense’ in his 1995 full-page obituary in The Australian newspaper (view Sir James’ obituary at <>), Sir James was certainly an extraordinarily profound, denial-free, truthful thinker whose words I refer to often in my writing. In one of his famous speeches, Sir James said, ‘selfishness is, as it has ever been, the ultimately destructive force in a society, and there are only two cures for selfishness—the regimented state which we all profess to dislike, and the change of heart, which we refuse to make. That is the choice, believe me, for each one of us, and we have not much time in which to make it. The need for decision [to have a ‘change of heart’ and live selflessly] is serious and urgent, and the sands [of time] are running out’ (GGS Speech Day address in 1950, Light Blue Down Under, by Weston Bate, 1990, p.219 of 386).
Sir James has, in this passage, identified selfishness as ‘the ultimately destructive force’ and stated that historically there have only ever been ‘two cures for selfishness—the regimented state which we all profess to dislike, and the change of heart, which we refuse to make’. The ‘regimented state’ is obviously a reference to the dogmatically imposed and strictly enforced selfless, cooperative, communal, social state of socialism/communism. As has been emphasised, being fully conscious, self-managing beings, having to subordinate our thinking mind to dogma was never going to work. De-braining ourselves was no real solution to our problems. Ultimately, we needed brain food, not brain anaesthetic. Our thinking mind needed understanding—specifically, understanding of why we humans are fundamentally good and not bad, evil, worthless beings. In short, we needed the dignifying, redeeming and transforming understanding of the human condition. But what Sir James also recognised in this passage was that, despite the urgency, we would ‘refuse to make’ the ‘change of heart’ from living selfishly to living selflessly until humanity achieved that breakthrough. And he was right—until the liberating understanding of why humans are fundamentally good and not bad was found we had no choice but to keep on trying to achieve some relief from the insecurity of our condition by finding superficial ways to prove we are good and not bad, such as through winning power, fame, fortune and glory. We had no choice but to be ‘ego-centric’—we had no choice but for our conscious thinking self (which is how the Concise Oxford Dictionary defines ‘ego’) to be focused or ‘centred’ on trying to prove it/we are not bad, worthless and meaningless. It is only now with the fundamental, trustable, knowable, first-principle-based, dogma-free biological understanding of why we humans are not bad that we can afford to stop trying to prove we are not bad all the time—that we can stop being egocentric; let go of being so self-worth-preoccupied; live for the human-condition-understood world FREE of that old insecure existence; TRANSFORM from being selfish to selfless; have the ‘change of heart’ that Sir James recognised was so ‘serious and urgent’.
Since materialistic luxuries, like glittering dresses, sparkling diamonds, bubbling Champagne, huge chandeliers, silver tea sets, big houses, swimming pools and shining, pretentious cars gave us the fanfare and glory we knew was due us, but which the world in its ignorance of our true goodness would not give us, materialism was one of the important means by which we could sustain our sense of self-worth while the upsetting search for the liberating understanding of why we are good and not bad was being carried out. In fact, when we only had our ability to win power, fame, glory and fortune (and, with that fortune/money/wealth/capital, acquire materialistic luxuries) to sustain our sense of self-worth while the upsetting search for understanding of our worth was being carried out, those relieving artificial forms of reinforcement were the only engines driving the old insecure world—the only rewards sustaining the all-important search for self-understanding (which is why socialism, which sought to replace the engine of greed with the idealism of selfless cooperativeness before we had found self-understanding, couldn’t and didn’t work). So, this egocentric, self-centred, individualistic, selfish, greedy, competitive, power-fame-fortune-and-glory-seeking existence was also a ‘constructive force’ as well as the inequality-producing, human-suffering-causing, Earth-destroying ‘destructive force’ that Sir James so aptly described it as. Yes, there was truth indeed in the saying ‘Greed is good.’ The demonstrations against greed and capitalism that we have been witness to in 2011 and 2012 are in truth naive, pseudo idealistic, make-yourself-feel-good-but-don’t-solve-anything protests against the reality of the insecurity of life under the duress of the human condition. Of course, this constructive and destructive, ‘good and bad’ aspect of our behaviour is the core paradox (or ‘riddle’, as Banjo Paterson referred to it in Song of the Future) of the human condition that we are now at last able to explain and understand.
Nevertheless, while the ‘selfishness’ of the old egocentric, self-centred, individualistic, selfish, greedy, capitalistic, competitive, materialistic way of living was the driving force that kept the all-important search for the relieving understanding of why we humans are good and not bad going, and was thus a ‘constructive force’, it was, as Sir James said, the ‘ultimate’ ‘destructive force in a society’ because in the end only a selfless way of living works. Ultimately selfishness is destructive. No matter how much you try to control and regulate it, a society operating from a basis of selfishness will ultimately become dysfunctional. There was a limit to how long we could keep going under the drive of selfish greed. For human civilisation to survive, selflessness had to become the driving force in the world; ultimately, there had to be, as Sir James said, ‘a change of heart’. As many people have recognised and said over the years, ‘it’s not that humans lack the ability to fix the world, it’s that they lack the will’, which is the ‘change of heart’, the preparedness to live selflessly that Sir James recognised was needed.
So despite its precious contribution to the human race’s progress towards finding understanding of ourselves, the ultimate truth is that selfishness, especially insatiable materialistic, capitalistic greed, was poised to destroy the world. It was ‘insatiable’ because, as an artificial form of reinforcement, materialism was never going to genuinely make us feel we were good and not bad—only understanding of our fundamental goodness could and now does achieve that. Mahatma Gandhi was really making this point about the insatiability of trying to make yourself feel good by surrounding yourself with material luxury when he famously said, ‘Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.’ Yes, and when F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in The Great Gatsby that ‘Living well is the best revenge’ (1925) he too was recognising that while we lacked the real ‘revenge’ for the injustice of the human condition, namely reconciling understanding, materialism was ‘the best revenge’ we had. So, it is going to be an enormous relief now for the planet and for humankind—in fact, it is going to make all the difference—that, through the finding of understanding of why we humans are good and not bad, we can finally let go of our selfish, egocentric, have-to-prove-our-worth, materialistic, power-fame-fortune-and-glory-seeking way of living and take up the transformed, human-condition-liberated, selfless existence; again, have that ‘change of heart’ Sir James recognised we had to have.
Just to illustrate the change that is going to come to our old materialistic way of living, in front of me is a teaspoon—well, the monetary value of all the human-glorifying, egocentric content and effort that has gone into its ornate, embellished design, extravagant silver plating and competitive salesmanship and marketing to sell it to me, etc, etc, could feed a starving person for a week! Almost everything I see in front of me—my extravagant watch, my fancy shirt, my sophisticated pen—is in truth obscenely extravagant in a human-condition-free world. I should re-design all these items so they are not so extravagant, and it won’t be long before I and everyone else in the world will be doing just that. Imagine if all the car makers in the world were to sit down together to design one extremely simple, embellishment-free, functional car that was made from the most environmentally-sustainable materials, how cheap to buy and humanity-and-Earth-considerate that vehicle would be. And imagine all the money that would be saved by not having different car makers duplicating their efforts, competing and trying to out-sell each other, and overall how much time that would liberate for all those people involved in the car industry to help those less fortunate and suffering in the world. Likewise, imagine when each house is no longer designed to make an individualised, ego-reinforcing, status-symbol statement for its owners and all houses are constructed in a functionally satisfactory, simple way, how much energy, labour, time and expense will be freed up to care for the wellbeing of the less fortunate and the planet. These transformations are all going to occur.
Again, while we needed the individualistic, materialistic world to sustain our sense of self-worth while we couldn’t establish it through understanding, now that we have established it that old way of living is obsoleted. Recall how, having adopted the Transformed State, Doug Lobban’s only desire was to fix the world, starting with his shower curtain! He had let go of his egocentric mindset when he became transformed. The finding of understanding of the human condition naturally brings about a whole new way of living. There’s no dogma involved, like there was in socialism—this is about the end of dogma and also of faith, and the beginning of understanding.
It will certainly take time, in fact, a few generations, for us humans to sufficiently absorb the understanding of the human condition for our underlying insecurity to be fully ameliorated or healed and thus the need for some artificial reinforcement from materialism, etc, etc, to completely disappear, but once you adopt the Transformed State, while you haven’t eliminated the insecure state of the human condition within yourself, you have completely changed your mind’s focus from living an ego-embattled, selfish life to living selflessly—you have had that ‘change of heart’, the fundamental change of direction, that Sir James recognised was so urgently needed to fix the world.
Importantly, the more this ‘change of heart’ transformation catches on, the easier it will be for people to move from the old insecure, ego-centric way of living to the new secure, ego-less way of living. The old egocentric way of living has had such a powerful hold on humans because while there was no understanding of the human condition all we had was the superficial reinforcement we gained from seeking power, fame, fortune and glory, but once that relieving understanding is found, as it has been, that old egocentric way of living quickly loses its power—so quickly, in fact, that everyone will be amazed by how quickly their need for the old artificial forms of reinforcement falls away.
The great ‘change of heart’ is on! Imagine when we no longer have to dress to impress, deceive and disguise—especially when women no longer have to be preoccupied with being sex objects—how much freedom that is going to unleash, and how much time, energy and resources it will save? Imagine when communication technology is used only to spread reconciling truth rather than truthless, alienated, escapist, superficial drivel, as it is currently doing—how much relief that is going to bring to humans and thus our world? End the human condition and you end all the big problems of the world—and thus all the little problems too.
The overall point I’m making is of the immense power of cooperative selflessness to solve all our problems. If we were all selfless we could solve the AIDS epidemic literally overnight because all it would take would be for everyone to agree to be tested for the AIDS virus and those who tested positive to agree to not have sexual relationships with anyone who doesn’t have the virus. When everyone is selfless we will be able to solve the greenhouse gases, global warming problem almost overnight by everyone agreeing to hold every third breath or something—that’s obviously not going to work, but the point is we will be able to do whatever it takes! Actually, the most effective control mechanism we have available to us is our ability to curb our numbers by not reproducing as much, at least until we have stabilised all the threats to our world. It is the capacity to be selfless that has been missing from the human situation.
Understandably, this power of selflessness has not been something we humans wanted to acknowledge or think about because it has been too confronting of our present massively embattled, ego-hungry, desperately-needing-self-gratification-and-glorification, selfish, greedy, materialistic existence. We have had to live an alienated, escapist, materialistic life because we haven’t been able to live a secure, honest, spiritualistic life, but now, with the human condition explained, we can. Earlier, I used the example of a Seventh-Day Adventist community to illustrate the power of cooperation, but its power is actually most apparent in ant and bee colonies—truly, as King Solomon advised, ‘Go to the ant…consider its ways and be wise’ (Proverbs 6:6). The 2004 award-winning documentary Ants—Nature’s Secret Power admitted the power of selfless cooperation when it concluded that ‘The secret of ant societies is their cooperation…[it’s what has enabled them to] act as a superorganism…[and become] nature’s true world power’ (produced by Adi Mayer Films, ORF Austrian Broadcasting Company with Docstar and WDR). It is us self-adjusting, conscious humans who—now that we no longer have to live an insecure, selfish existence and can live a selfless, cooperative existence—will now become ‘nature’s true world power’.
As I have previously said, the main reward for members of the WORLD TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT is the anticipation and the excitement of being effectively free of the human condition—the joy and happiness of being liberated from the burden of your 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 you to feel for your 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 march through hell has finally ended.
This WORLD TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT has a slow beginning because humans initially find it difficult even taking in or ‘hearing’ discussion about the human condition, but it won’t be long before our website is discovered and then word of it and what it offers every human and the world will spread like wildfire—as de Chardin said, ‘The Truth has to only appear once…for it to be impossible for anything ever to prevent it from spreading universally and setting everything ablaze.’ Before long we will be marketing our own human-condition-free, world-saving products, providing our own all-exciting and meaningful, denial-free, honest, human-condition-understood films, documentaries and books, launching our own TV station—and our website will be the biggest in the world, bigger than Google or any other existing site. And all this is not deluded hubris, or wild guessing, it is simply the logical truth of what happens when the dignifying, redeeming and healing understanding of the human condition is finally found—as all the quotes from prophets, songwriters and poets included earlier testify.
The bottom line truth is that only the finding of the reconciling understanding of the human condition and the ‘change of heart’, Transformed State for humans that it finally makes possible can save the human race. The WORLD TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT provides the only path forward for humankind. All else is ever-increasing, excruciating, unthinkable suffering and ultimately doom for our species. So become a MEMBER of the WORLD TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT!