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This is inspirational WTM Email 18
The rising sun is humanity’s symbol for the arrival of liberating understanding of ourselves
Apart from romance, the greatest of all themes of our best songwriters has been the dream of humanity one day finding the fabulously liberating and transforming understanding of our species’ good-and-evil-stricken human condition. And the image songwriters reach for to express this dream is the rising sun — because light symbolises knowledge and its ability to defeat the darkness of ignorance; with the ultimate ignorance being of ourselves, understanding of our troubled human condition.
Which is why there was only ever one image that could emblazon the cover of Jeremy Griffith’s book FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition, presenting, as it says, ‘the redeeming, reconciling, rehabilitating biological explanation of the human condition that brings about this dreamed of dawn of understanding and ends all the suffering and conflict on Earth’.
To help grasp the magnificence of just what it is that FREEDOM delivers, consider the lyrics of these, some of our best songwriters, as they utilised the image of the rising sun to describe our species’ bondage, and the glorious dawn of freedom’s arrival.
In his anthem Who’ll Stop The Rain, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty, wrote: ‘Long as I remember, the rain’s been coming down. Clouds of mystery pouring confusion on the ground. Good men through the ages trying to find the sun [there’s the sun, namely understanding]. And I wonder, still I wonder, who’ll stop the rain.’
And Waiting for the Sun by Jim Morrison and The Doors contains the lyrics: ‘At first flash of Eden [a human condition free world], we race down to the sea. Standing there on freedom’s shore, waiting for the sun; waiting for the sun; waiting for the sun… Waiting for you to tell me what went wrong [waiting to explain our good-and-evil-stricken human condition]’. Similarly, in his song Break On Through, Morrison wrote: ‘the day destroys the night, night divides the day [understanding defeats ignorance]… break on through to the other side [break through to a world of understanding and the freedom it brings from the human condition]’.
The writers of the 1960s rock musical Hair pleaded to ‘Let the sunshine in’, and looked forward to the time of ‘Harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust abounding. No more falsehoods or derisions, golden living dreams of visions, mystic crystal revelation and the mind’s true liberation [from the human condition]. Aquarius!…As our hearts go beating through the night, we dance unto the dawn of day [there’s the sun again], to be the bearers of the water, our light [of understanding] will lead the way.’
Then there are Bono’s words from U2’s song Where The Streets Have No Name: ‘I want to tear down the walls that hold us inside [the cave of ignorant darkness that humanity has been imprisoned inside], I want to reach out and touch the flame [of the truth about ourselves that will take us to a place], where the streets have no name [where we no longer have to egocentrically name everything]. I want to feel the sunlight [of understanding] on my face, see the dust cloud [of our tortured human condition] disappear without a trace.’
The words of Walter Earl Brown’s 1968 song If I Can Dream, which was written for Elvis Presley, also spoke of the dream of finding understanding of the human condition: ‘There must be peace and understanding sometime, strong winds of promise that will blow away all the doubt and fear. If I can dream of a warmer sun [there’s the sun again] where hope keeps shining on everyone… We’re trapped in a world that’s troubled with pain… Still I am sure that the answer’s gonna come somehow, out there in the dark, there’s a beckoning candle.’
One of Cat Stevens’ (or Yusuf Islam as he’s now called) most famous songs is Peace Train, and although he doesn’t mention the sun directly, he uses the reverse metaphor of ‘darkness’ to describe our life without understanding of ourselves: ‘I’ve been smiling lately, dreaming about the world as one. And I believe it could be, some day it’s going to come. For out on the edge of darkness there rides a peace train [that’s almost the same as Walter Earl Brown’s ‘out there in the dark, there’s a beckoning candle’]… [to] take me home again… everyone jump upon the peace train… come and join the living’.
And, finally, there’s the Nobel Prize for Literature-winning prophetic Bob Dylan and his song When The Ship Comes In: ‘The hour that the ship comes in [what ship? The ship of understanding]…and the morning will be a-breaking [there’s the sun]… and the words that are used to get the ship confused will no longer be understood as the spoken [all the ignorant darkness will be replaced by the light of ‘the spoken’ truth]… For the chains [holding the truth back] of the sea will have busted in the night… And like Goliath, they’ll be conquered’. All the dishonest ignorant darkness will be ‘conquered’ by the understanding that brings all the lies and denial to an end.
It is clear from the creation and popularity of these songs (and many more anticipations of the arrival of a human-condition-resolved world can be read ) that humans have a deep awareness of the human condition, and an equally deep faith, hope and trust that one day the reconciling understanding of our ‘good and evil’-afflicted condition would be found. And it is precisely this liberating understanding that Jeremy’s book presents. FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition, with its redeeming biological explanation of the human condition, brings the yearned for relieving, healing and transforming sunshine of understanding into the lives of all humans and sets us all free at last from the agony of the human condition!
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Read Jeremy Griffith’s breakthrough redeeming explanation of the human condition in ; and, as mentioned, many more anticipations of the arrival of our species’ liberation from the horror of the human condition in .
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These emails were composed during 2017 by Jeremy Griffith, Damon Isherwood,
Fiona Cullen-Ward & Brony FitzGerald at the Sydney WTM Centre.