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This is inspirational WTM Email 4

 

Can human conflict ever be brought to an end?

 

Every day brings news of horrendous atrocities, such as is occurring in Syria, as this news report shows:

 

 

 

We would like to think the world is becoming more civilised, however, horror headlines and images such as this paint a far different picture of where humanity is really at. And the crisis in Aleppo is not some rare exception wars and terrorism characterise the age we live in.

 

The truth is that in a world in crisis, the only way real and lasting peace can be achieved is to deal with the primary cause of all human conflict, which is us humans, our destructive behaviour our human condition, in fact. As Tony Gowing says in the first video of the Introductory Series:

 

We are the problem. We are the ones who are egocentric, selfish, greedy, materialistic, fake, angry as hell. That is us, our destructively behaved, so-called, human condition, and it’s that underlying issue that really has to be addressed and fixed.”

 

The reason the issue of ‘the human condition’ has long been described as ‘the holy grail’ of the whole of the human journey of thought and enquiry is precisely because it is only that deeper understanding of our psychologically troubled human condition that can fix our world as journalist Richard Neville has written:

 

… the world is hurtling to catastrophe: from nuclear horrors, a wrecked eco-system, 20 million dead each year from malnutrition, 600 million chronically hungry… All these crises are man made, their causes are psychological. The cures must come from this same source; which means the planet needs psychological maturity fast. We are locked in a race between self destruction and self discovery” (Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 Oct. 1986; see <www.wtmsources.com/167>)

 

And astonishing as it is, it is that key psychologically relieving and maturing explanation of the human condition that biologist Jeremy Griffith has found. His treatise explains that the destructive potential in each of us is the result of a psychosis in the human species that resulted from a two-million-year-old clash between our emerging consciousness and our pre-established instincts.

 

Basically, when we humans developed a conscious mind some 2 million years ago, a battle unavoidably developed between it and our already established instincts. The result of this conflict between our instinct and intellect was that we became psychologically defensive, angry, alienated and egocentricthe upset state we refer to as the human condition. But now that we can explain and understand this conflict, all those insecure, defensive behaviours are obsoleted, brought to an end, and we free ourselves from the human condition.” (From Video 3 of the Introductory Series on the Human Condition, ‘The Explanation of The Human Condition’)

 

It takes time to absorb the full ramifications of Jeremy’s explanation, but the more you digest it, the more you realise that this psychologically ‘upset’ state is behind all the conflict and suffering on the planet. And since the human condition is essentially a psychosis, the other wonderful realisation is that it can be permanently healed through understanding.

 

This is why Professor Harry Prosen, former President of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, has written:

 

What this book of books, in fact this greatest of all books, does is take humanity from a state of bewilderment about the nature of human behavior and existence to a state of profound understanding of our lives understanding that drains away all the pain, suffering, confusion and conflict from the world. This is the book we have been waiting for, it is THE BOOK THAT SAVES THE WORLD!”

 

And why Dr Scott Churchill, Professor and former Chair of the University of Dallas Psychology Department, has written:

 

Nothing Dr. Prosen has said about the immense importance of this book is an exaggeration.”

 

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For further reading on the emergence of the human condition, and just how brutal our species became as a result, we recommend you read chapters 3:3 to 3:5 of FREEDOM.

 

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

 

Friday’s inspirational WTM Email 2 WTM Centres opening everywhere

 

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. Richard on September 23, 2017 at 8:23 am

    The current state of world affairs is quite overwhelming and is on a knife edge, with incredible power at the fingertips of mentally deranged apes surrounded by braindead ‘yes-men’. Just look at the photos coming out of North Korea of Kim Jung and his deputies – makes me gag.
    The quote from Neville is spot-on – the crises we face ARE indeed man-made, their causes ARE psychological, and the answer MUST come from understanding the human condition, which I believe Griffith HAS BEEN ABLE TO DO. it’s that road or a road of ignorance and self destruction.
    Chapter 8 of Freedom is brilliant – “The Greatest, Most Heroic Story Ever Told: Humanity’s Journey from Ignorance to Enlightenment”. it’s around 280 pages but it’s well worth it once you understand the basic tenets of Griffiths’ explanation. it really does get to the bottom of the well.
    Richard, CO.

  2. Cory on September 8, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    where is the evidence that humans developed a conscious mind 2 million years ago? And just where does are conscious mind come from? Did we wake up with it one day some 2 million years ago? Doubtful…we are created beings…our DNA says so…

    • Jerry on September 10, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Great questions Cory.

      The beginning of Chapter 8 of FREEDOM, in paragraph 705, there is a picture of the skull sizes of our various ape ancestors – starting from the australopithecines, with a small skull and then leading up to us modern humans, who have a much larger skull. This chart shows the development of humans needing larger skulls to house larger brains as a result of ever increasing conscious understanding over millions of years. But at around the 2 million years ago mark there is a large jump in skull size indicating the emergence of humans fully conscious mind and with it, the human condition. Evidence that humans developed a fully conscious mind 2 million years ago (and with it the emergence of the human condition i.e. when we changed from being instinct managed to intellect managed) is explained further in paragraph 707 of FREEDOM:

      “In examining this sequence it is apparent that a sudden increase in the size of the brain case, and by inference the brain’s volume, occurred around 2 million years ago. A larger brain case was needed to house a larger ‘association cortex’. As explained in pars 633-639, the ability to ‘associate’ information is what made it possible to reason how experiences are related, learn to understand and become conscious of, or aware of, or intelligent about, the relationship between events that occur through time. It follows that the development of a larger association cortex meant that a greatly increased need for understanding had emerged, which we are now able to explain would have resulted from the emergence of the dilemma of the human condition, where only self-understanding could bring an end to all the psychological upset that condition has produced and which has been so crippling of our species’ development and that of our own lives. The inference we can take from this evidence is that the human condition became a full-blown problem some 2 million years ago with the emergence of Homo.”

      In terms of “..where does our conscious mind come from?”, it is explained in detail in Chapter 7 of FREEDOM, which is titled ‘What is Consciousness, and Why, How and When Did Humans’ Unique Conscious Mind Emerge?’

      In short, the conscious mind comes from millions of years of genetic development in our primate ancestors that, due to several unique factors specific to our genetic heritage i.e. ideal nursery conditions, matriarchal society etc, it removed the genetic “must-be-selfish-in-order-to-survive” block in our brains which previously had prevented us from becoming fully aware or conscious of the way events are related through time. This removal of the “block” allowed us to become fully aware of or CONSCIOUS of the events occurring around us in the world sufficiently enough to manage those events.

      To boil it down ever further, from paragraph 632 and 650 of FREEDOM: “…the nerve-based learning system (unlike the gene-based learning system) can associate information, reason how experiences are related, learn to understand and become CONSCIOUS of the relationship of events that occur through time.” and “Consciousness is amazing but it is simply a result of memory which allows us to understand cause and effect”

      So what you’re alluding to is absolutely right…It took many years of development and certainly didn’t happen overnight!

      Also, as mentioned in FREEDOM, animals too, while not being fully conscious like us, have varying levels of consciousness, from paragraph 425 of FREEDOM:

      “(Incidentally, people wonder how we can know that other species, like dolphins and elephants, aren’t fully conscious like humans are. As just explained, developing consciousness depends on overcoming the competitive, selfish ‘animal condition’ and becoming orientated to selflessness, so if you are still preoccupied with selfish, competitive dominance, as other animals are, you can’t become fully conscious. Indeed, as all good animal trainers know, the key to managing and training non-human animal species, of both sexes, is to recognise that their great preoccupation is in achieving dominance whenever possible. Humans’ deepest preoccupation, however, is with giving and receiving selfless love, a preoccupation we mistakenly project onto other animals, especially our pets, resulting in all the problems we have in managing them effectively. Animals are still victims of the ‘animal condition’, and so controlling them requires asserting dominance. If other animal species had achieved full consciousness they would not still be stranded in a world dictated by the rules of a selfish, competitive dominance hierarchy; they would be as preoccupied by giving and receiving love as we humans fundamentally are.)”

      Consciousness has traditionally been such a tricky and abstract subject (for good reason as explained in FREEDOM) but with the human condition now explained it makes it much simpler to understand! Hope this is helpful…

  3. paulM on August 10, 2017 at 11:35 am

    I understand the cyncism – been there done that, but there is a logic underpinning the WTM’s apparent idealism that I find very compelling. And gives me genuine hope. It is worth looking deeper.

  4. srdjan zdravkovic on August 9, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Utopia is a nice thing for a dream, but” hope is voor kerek,niet voor werek”[dutch]”, slavery has lots of models.Do humans like to repeat mistakes, like to suffer? of the building, again and again, that is the product of revolution, superior? or primitive, analphabets, evolution tats how we come on.Nothing we can do about, just enjoy so long CIRCUS play, We are just animals in that CIRCUS.I give UP, after more than 50 years, en traying to sail away, as well utopia, but anyway more nature than people.Nice day for anyone SRDJAN…

  5. Alastair Aguter on August 5, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Human Conflict can come to an end ,but it is a very long process to understand what is folly and nonsense. The greatest barrier at this time is greed and ignorance. Until the human story and journey begins to focus on collective effort for the advancement of humanity and the preservation of all life. The events regarding conflict will continue and on a greater scale as we on this Earth finally start to become a global society which is progress.

    Human beings need to understand and respect the covenant of Natural Law, this is to create life, to evolve and refine, to eventually through the construct of the DNA gene pool, will reach the goal that is set for all life forms and that is to seek simplistic perfection.

    Human beings need to grow up, material possessions all eventually turn to rust and dust, at the end of ones physical life gasping for breath, a human craves life, not details of a bank balance or a material item of no consequence.

  6. SQ Esq on August 4, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    This is more on point! Excellent.

  7. Joy on July 29, 2017 at 9:15 am

    If you get to the source of a problem you can fix it and amazingly this is what Jeremy Griffith has done. He has got to the source of our selfish and destructive behaviour so we can fix it because we aren’t genetically hard-wired to be warlike we are genetically wired to be social. Our aggression is driven by our psychology not our genes. Intrigued….. read Freedom it answers all the questions about human behaviour and conflict and empowers us as individuals to help make the change the world so desperately needs and we so desperately want. Like the line on WTM website says:–It is the responsibility of every human now to understand the human condition.

  8. Lesley on July 28, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    I’m loving the book but I think it’s only part of the answer. If this is all a game and I believe it is, then nothing will change for the better until most humans are on board. To bring in the positive, (a better world), you first have to remove the negative, (now). To show most humans the true spiritual path you have to show them that negative. If we all woke up tomorrow and the world was perfect then before long it would be back to now.

    How would they have learnt anything? Gruelling as it can be, this is the lesson. If you believe that we are spirits with a body, then in a way the only way to evolve into a more spiritual nature is to suffer so that we can evolve.

    Children today are coming pre equipped with a new mind set, with a new intelligence, they don’t need to throw off the insane beliefs of previous generations they already see the insanity for what it is, insanity of the human spirit.

    We will evolve, it’s written in the ancient teachings, we just have to hang on tight it’s a bumpy ride.

  9. Marina on July 28, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Who’s going to start first …. Reconciliation ???

  10. John Appleby on July 24, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    It appears to me that systems thinking acknowledges the complexity and uncertainty of the human system, including the mental model of psychosis and It’s claimed ‘split offs’ of psychological ‘parts’. I would argue that there are often many causes and effects to ‘the human condition, including the para-sympathetic and the sympathetic nervous system. Environmental disturbance, including mental and physical and trauma, inequality, pollution, poverty and more, in opposition to the disputed American neurological mode. Alienation and in my view, capitalism, are also psychosis interlinked in reinforcement feedback loops. Or, alternatively, self- regulated ‘conscious wholeness’ of the human system, learnt from drawing a balancing feedback loop based on actions of where you are to where you want to be.

  11. james on July 21, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    seems this notes is going to change many lives

  12. Richard Cook on July 19, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    THANK YOU JERREMY GRIFFITH for this mammoth, stupendous, ground breacking book, “FREEDOM” I am a “ship at sea” and have no tr

  13. abi on May 12, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Yes bringing peace to the world can only happen if we each bring peace to our individual lives, because all the war and suffering in the world is caused by us – by our angry egocentric selfish condition. And it the rational, biological explanation and resolution of that state — the human condition — that Jeremy Griffith presents in his books. And with our ‘dark side’ explained, we can now reconcile with the cooperative ideals, which is what we have had to deify as ‘God’. Truly this is amazing work!

  14. Nicoleta I Neagoy on May 12, 2017 at 1:09 am

    It is good to see that so many are interested in joining a world peace consciousness. I too have not read the book just snippets from your mailings.
    So far, as I too am writing a book, I know with my entire being that the peace we seek outside of ourselves myst first begin within.
    In the within lies the very light of knowing the truth as it is revealed to us by our Almighty God.
    That said, I know many will balk.
    Without this simple realization, the unveiling of all there is misses the anchor of reality.

  15. Katherine Swartile- Moltke on April 7, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I haven’t read the book yet but I am happy I read this blog the comments are very interesting and I have to say I am intrigued and it gives me hope that there are better days to come for our specie, if we are willing to keep an open mind and make a comment to check it out.

  16. Songbird on March 25, 2017 at 4:57 am

    I think Understanding “The Human Condition” is only the first step to change, accepting personal responsibility is second, but change is a Very Hard and complicated process! It takes Constant Vigilance of your thoughts “Mindfulness”and Actions! You literally MUST rewire your brain, neural network patterns! Most of our thought processes are subconscious so change takes work at the subconscious level. Subliminal learning, self-hypnosis, Meditation. Your brain needs to reach alpha and Gamma states to rewire it for change. This is WHY it will be difficult to create change on a large scale, worldwide level! The whole society needs to be REPROGRAMMED! Yes, we must “Be The Change” first! Then “Teach the children the truth. It will be a generational process! It has to start here and NOW!

  17. Adolf Zender on March 19, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Dear fellow human beings,
    “The human condition”: Knowing that the condition occurred when we traded good old-fashioned instinct, that served man well until the evolutionary process equipped us with the wonderful thing called consciousness. This dilemma of having the ability to make choices can be for many humans an overwhelming thought. To realize that we are in control or think we are in control makes us very uncomfortable, to the point we are at now, that we could call this malaise a psychosis of our time.
    The realization that this condition is caused by our biological make-up is in itself in my opinion not sufficient to rid ourselves magically from the condition. It is a bit of wishful thinking, idealism or at best, a dream come true.
    Thinking it through logically, if that was so, we would arrive at the ideal state sooner than is the case now. If any headway is being made, I can’t see any evidence of it. The problem remains humanity is still not rid of the condition.

    • nomad on March 20, 2017 at 10:33 am

      The absolutely wonderful thing about Jeremy Griffith’s work is that he provides the ‘based in first principles’, rational, biological explanation for why humans became angry, egocentric and alienated. There is no leap of faith required, or belief system, or trick, or some sort of mind-quelling discipline to it, it is just a logical explanation of why we are the way we are. But the magical thing about it, is that it at last enables humans to be secure in their self-worth. Which means all those insecure coping mechanisms (our anger, egocentricity and alienation) are rendered redundant.
      Despite this being the best news ever, there is a huge resistance to it, because we all learnt to avoid any deep discussion of the human condition at an early age, because thinking about it raised the terrifying possibility that we were not ‘good’. And so, even though Jeremy’s explanation defends humans at the deepest level, people are so habituated to living in denial of the subject that they can’t hear what is being said, or they can hear it and it terrifies them and they block it out. But that is not a reflection of the validity of the ideas, or their potency. It just means that it will take time for the world to realise it is safe to go there now.
      Chapter 2:2 of FREEDOM on our mortal fear of the human condition is a very relevant read.

  18. Rod on March 19, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Hmmm…I’m too new to JG’s work to comment on it other than to say that the idea that the genesis of our difficulties lies within us, isn’t a new one and is something of a statement of the obvious. Nevertheless, it’s not a perception that is universally accepted and general behaviour and rhetoric tends to show that it’s possibly a minority viewpoint throughout the world.
    Speaking from the experience of thirty years of contact with literally thousands of children, the ubiquity of the phrase, “He/she made me hit/fight/break/whatevah…” indicates the commonality of the belief that the crap in one’s life is the “fault” of other people. The thing about beliefs is that (a) their value is in whether or not they deliver the outcomes we want, not in whether or not they’re true…and…(b) there’s usually a helluva load of emotional investment backing them up… That’s why we frequently experience situations where, from our perspective, someone’s belief appears ludicrous and we wonder how they can seriously hold such an idea, while, to them, we’re obviously so misguided as to be possibly certifiable.
    The abandonment of this belief implies the acceptance of full responsibility for our own thinking and perceptions i.e, if our life experience is crappy it’s our responsibility (not “fault”).
    With regard to the ideas presented by JG, the question of whether or not they’re “true” isn’t the issue. They’re at least as good (and perhaps better) as any other scenario presented so far. However, the trick, if it can be pulled off, is getting those idea across to the world and his wife. Working one’s way through the material as it’s presented requires a certain “zen-state” mindset, not commonly met out in the general motley. I’d be interested to read some commentary on this as to whether or not this perception has a validity worth consideration.

    • Michael on May 25, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Getting the message across to the world and his wife, as Rod puts it, is for sure not an easy thing since it do requires a certain amount of concentration and interest to grasp the entire concept of the main idea…simplifying the revolutionizing message by not putting the word “conflict” into it’s proper perspective of at least five levels (look up Speed Leas) will IMO not make it any easier, rather the opposite… incorporation, comparison and relativisation of other ways of thinking will on the other hand go a long way of getting the message across…

  19. Nsengiyumva K Fred on March 3, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Yes,I agree because the first conflict is you, and the first peace is you,it is possible to brought conflict it,s also to brought PEACE when we are together

  20. Nsengiyumva K Fred on March 3, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    1).Thank you to give this moment.I think the first conflict is your self , I know every one has his difficult
    but you know how to resolve .

    2) The first peace is my self. not friend or other if I have peace how I will got a conflict my peace could be a good teacher for others.
    3) Let one by one bring his peace after that they will no conflict.

    4) At the end when we collect many conflicts together we have to got a good solution+ my/ your PEACE

  21. Red on January 27, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I agree Pixie. All the protests, the hand-wringing and navel-gazing, that’s been happening around the world this week is just exacerbating the world’s political grievances and sexual inequality. It is so necessary, now of all times, to get to the bottom of the problem, the human condition, and work together from there, rather than off self-interested motives that don’t make a ripple of true difference. Thank you all.

  22. pixie on January 27, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    We have to stop all the suffering. I so agree with Mr Griffith with all my heart. I am just horrified at where the world is heading. Is this really what we want? Everything we have tried just doesnt work and it just gets worse and worse. What sort of world are we leaving for our children? Religion just makes it worse because everyone starts fighting about their own beliefs. And there are so many old grievances at work in so many parts of the world that people cant get over. And each country is pushing its own agenda. Really, I would despair if it wasnt for this work. I can still hardly bare to think about it at all. Please keep up the good work for all of us.

  23. blindside on January 27, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you very much for sending me this material. I am so worried about where the world is heading these days and only this gives me hope. Everything you say about the trouble we are in is true and you dont even mention what population pressure is going to do to the whole situation. We need this fundamental solution.
    Also, I hope that people realise that they can register here and contribute to the discussion because it is a discussion we need to have. Keep up the good work.

  24. nomad on January 27, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    It is a very serious application of the information to kick off with. Fearless.

  25. highline on January 27, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    This is a very contentious point you are making here. I can see a lot of people who are so caught up in feuds and age old grievances, not being able to see beyond those grievances, no matter how logical and rational your point is. I do take your point that if people weren’t so angry and aggressive and selfish and insecure then there wouldn’t be any wars. But I suppose no-one believes that we can ever change those aspects of ourselves, so that is probably the real thing that you have to convince people of — that we can fundamentally change. And I have read Jeremy’s thesis on this, so I am aware of his theory that all that behaviour of ours that leads to wars is not an instinctive thing, but is the result of a psychosis, and so it can change. It is a very radical idea that’s for sure. Please keep these posts coming though, because they are very very provocative, and force my old head to think a bit differently.

  26. kevinh on January 27, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    What a terrible year 2016 was. I agree it takes time to absorb the implications of this theory but it has given me great hope and love for fellow man

  27. sanaila on January 20, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    we just thank the living god cause he already told us in the first place that the world will be in this stuation when the time he about to arive….amen