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Please note, you can access all previous explanatory and inspirational WTM Emails at the end of this email. Wednesday’s explanatory emails and Friday’s inspirational emails are numbered in order of appearance, so one is odd and the other even numbered.

 

This is explanatory WTM Email 19

 

Are humans innately and unchangeably competitive and aggressive?

 

In the explanatory WTM Emails 3 and 5, it was explained that we humans have been using the excuse that our human behaviour is no different to that seen in the animal kingdom that we are competitive, aggressive and selfish because we are victims of savage animal instincts that compel us to fight and compete for food, shelter, territory and a mate; that we are at the mercy of a biological need to reproduce our genes.

 

It is important to revisit this topic because this excuse that we are victims of savage instincts has led to the belief that human nature is fundamentally unchangeable, that there will always be bad people, wars, murders, inequality, and so on, and that the meaning of life is just to try as best we can to manage those supposedly innate, unchangeable savage aspects of our make-up.

 

But this savage instincts excuse cannot be the real cause of our competitive and divisive behaviour because firstly, we humans have cooperative and loving moral instincts, the voice or expression of which within us is our conscience. As Charles Darwin recognised, The moral sense perhaps affords the best and highest distinction between man and the lower animals (The Descent of Man, 1871, ch.4).

 

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

 

Secondly, descriptions of human behaviour, such as egocentric, arrogant, inspired, depressed, deluded, pessimistic, optimistic, artificial, hateful, mean, immoral, guilt-ridden, evil, psychotic, neurotic, alienated, etc, all recognise the involvement of our species’ unique fully conscious thinking mind that there is a psychological dimension to our behaviour. Humans have suffered not from the genetic-opportunism-based, non-psychological animal condition, but the conscious-mind-based, PSYCHOLOGICALLY troubled HUMAN CONDITION.

 

And, most significantly, psychosis can be healed with understanding which means human nature is not unchangeable or immutable!

 

So, we have needed to find understanding of the psychological origins of our competitive and aggressive condition, because that will allow the human race to be healed from its psychosis. And it’s precisely that psychosis-relieving understanding that Jeremy Griffith’s book FREEDOM presents. His human-race-redeeming-and-saving explanation of humans’ psychologically troubled condition can be viewed below.

 

 

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You can read the transcript of this video, and of the others in the 8-part Introductory Series, in the booklet Let’s Go!

 

Of course, the question screaming out to be addressed is if Darwin was right about humans having altruistic, cooperative and loving moral instincts, then how on Earth did we manage to acquire them? A summary of the answer to this other great question in biology (which is a summary of the explanation in chapter 5 of FREEDOM) will be presented in next Wednesday’s explanatory WTM Email.

 

Discussion or comment on this email is welcomed see below.

 

 

See all previous WTM Emails

 

(Note, Wednesday’s explanatory emails and Friday’s inspirational emails are numbered in order of appearance, so one is odd and the other even numbered.)

 

Wednesday’s explanatory WTM Email 1 Why solving the human condition solves everything | 3 The false ‘savage instincts’ excuse | 5 The explanation of the human condition | 7 The transformation of the human race | 9 The historic fear of the human condition | 11 Ending the stalled state of biology | 13 One hour introductory talk | 15 FREEDOM chapter synopses | 17 Commendations

 

Friday’s inspirational WTM Email 2 WTM Centres opening everywhere | 4 Can conflict ever end? | 6 ‘This is the real liberation of women’ | 8 Is God real? | 10 Anne Frank’s faith in human goodness fulfilled | 12 Bonobos nurtured cooperativeness | 14 Understanding millennials | 16 Women’s beauty | 18 Prophetic songs

 

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

 

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  1. RJ on July 14, 2017 at 10:01 am

    This makes infinite logical sense to me. I have just read the fascinating WTM Email 50 which is drawn on Chapter 5.5 of Freedom detailing how the very recent fossil discoveries evidence our nurtured origins/ moral instincts, as of course do the bonobos. And in regard to the second point above about our/humans’ psychologically troubled human condition, I have also recently read Email 41, which, as it goes through the truthful biology of life, details the horror of the actual animal condition, which is truly so different from our own pyschological troubles. Once you are out of the grips of the denial of the mechanistic paradigm, it is all quite indisputable. And how wonderful for us battle-weary humans to discover human nature is not unchangeable or immutable at all, and not just that, it is now actually all explained. What a groundbreaking book Freedom is to say the least.