Why am I so tired?

Modern society is being hit by an epidemic of fatigue. It is easy to think that being tired is simply the result of trying to live in the modern world, with its bustle, its speed, and its stress, but if we are honest with ourselves we have to admit that the greater truth is that we create our lifestyle to suit ourselvesit doesn’t create us.

Why am I so tired?

To answer the question of ‘why am I so tired?’, we must also ask why would we create a lifestyle that allows us so little opportunity to rest, and the answer must be that we don’t want to slow down; we don’t want to stop and think; we don’t want to ever have to sit still and face ourselves. Indeed if we are honest with ourselves, then we have to acknowledge that sitting still without any distraction fills us with a sense of dread. The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard said, ‘there is not a single human being who does not despair at least a little, in whose innermost being there doesn’t dwell an uneasiness, an unquiet, a discordance, an anxiety in the face of an unknown something, or a something he doesn’t even dare strike up acquaintance with…’

Because we don’t dare strike up an acquaintance with this anxiety, we need to keep moving: more distraction, more success, more caffeinewhatever it takesand as a result of this constant need to avoid facing ourselves; of being constantly driven by this anxiety, it is inevitable that we grow tired.

So an even deeper question than ‘why am I so tired?’ that needs to be asked is what is the nature of this anxiety – what is it that can be so bad that we run ourselves to exhaustion rather than facing it?

The truth is that at the core of our anxiety lies a profound insecurity about our self worth, about our less-than-ideal human condition no less. Biologist Jeremy Griffith explains that because we humans are unable to explain why we are selfish, angry and destructive when the ideals are to be loving and selfless, the only conclusion we could reachif we let ourselves think deeply enough about itwas that we were bad. So we haven’t been able to think deeply about itindeed we have designed our lives to ensure that we don’t have to, which understandably leaves us incredibly tired.

In order to truly rest and get some relief from our tiredness, we first needed to be able to understand humans’ extraordinary capacity for ‘good and evil’, and in particular the origin of our selfish and aggressive behavior. We need compassionate insight into our seemingly non-ideal human behavior. Most wonderfully, biology is now able to provide this full explanation of our seemingly non-ideal condition. This comprehensive explanation of the origin of our paradoxical behavior, namely the human condition, is available in this Introductory Video Series and Part 3 of Freedom: Expanded Book 1, by Jeremy Griffith.

With the explanation of the human condition now available, we are able to see that humanity’s current upset state, characterised by angry, alienated and egocentric behaviour, is the result of a two million year old, unavoidable clash between our gene-based instincts and our emerging nerve-based consciousness.

Now, after being held hostage by our inability to defend ourselves for so long, our upset can at last subside, and the human species will know true peace.

The former president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, Professor Harry Prosen, recognised the importance of Griffith’s explanation to the human race, saying, ‘I have no doubt this biological explanation of Jeremy Griffith’s of the human condition is the holy grail of insight we have sought for the psychological rehabilitation of the human race.’

This Blog Post was written by Marcus on April 5, 2013


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  • Kate figueira on April 14, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Cont’ can live to a higher firm. Self belief instead if fear. Children need to know that there is nothing to fear with personal relations or interactions. The problem with our society rests with fear and media perception. It takes a strong individual to break through those barriers. Love the theory . Many thanks but I am a believer that people will evolve and change.:)).

  • Crimson Blade 84 on April 26, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Self worth is the ultimate problem but difficult for us to admit without admitting to being depressed. and what right to we have to feel depressed living with such relatively material wealth. So as prof prosen says it’s time for psychological rehabilitation. I will be amazed if you have stumbled on the answer but hope you have and will read more with interest.

  • grant on May 9, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I just wanted to add my bit. I found this through a post on Facebook, and found both the Facebook page, this website and this article intriguing. I do think, however, that there can be no one book that holds all the answers. I’m sure Jeremy is asking the right kind of questions and arriving at the right kind of answers, but we need to look at things like this : one reason why some people might be tired is that… (they are running away from themselves, because they are afraid of what they will see if they look in the mirror). True, but that can’t be the sole cause. Modern life has LOTS of problems, my life has LOTS of problems… lack of introspection is not the biggest of them. I sometimes feel depressed because I am separated from my family and my future is in flux and I can’t quite get around that yet. I was interested in an earlier comment and it occurs to me that I don’t believe I need the right to feel depressed to feel depressed. My social status is relatively low, that’s enough for baboons, so it’s enough for me. Again, I think we are starting to ask the right kind of questions, but without having read the book yet I would say there is more than one reason why I am tired… I am reading Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee at the moment, and I can tell you it’s not necessarily making me any happier… can’t read that without facing up to realities about the human condition. I am interested in reading replies to this comment

    • Philippe on March 7, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      From what I read here … I like you – humility is good and the baboons I’ve met seemed like decent individuals (as long as we don’t try to take food from them)
      I agree with you that no one book holds all the answers but we are so very fortunate to have so many books to show us pieces of the puzzle that can shed bits of light on what we are.
      If we are so inclined we may even find some meaning to it all … my wish for you is that you will find meaning ?

  • Susan on May 24, 2013 at 10:12 am

    It does take time and patience to absorb the depth of these explanations and their ability to answer so many of our questions, and importantly the way to live with it’s confronting honesty about our human condition. It is a whole new paradigm and the best way to familiarise yourself with it is to read as you mentioned, Jeremy Griffith’s latest and most comprehensive book ‘Freedom’ or to watch the Introductory Video’s.