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This is inspirational WTM Email 34

 

The deeper meaning of Hollywood’s superhero
and disaster films

 

Two types of films now dominate the box office. There is the ‘end-of-the-world’ disaster film whether it be man-made or natural disasters, zombie epidemics or alien invasions; and there are superhero films such as the cartoons brought to life by the Marvel and DC franchises, the Star Wars trilogies featuring ‘the force’, and even the magical Harry Potter films.

 

Image from the film ‘The Day After Tomorrow’

 

So what does it all mean? What deep vein of awareness are these films mining?

 

Our fascination with disaster films is not difficult to interpret. It obviously reflects an awareness that in the real world the human race is in terrible, desperate straits. As Professor Harry Prosen, a former President of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, writes in his commendation for Jeremy Griffith’s book FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition:

 

I think the fastest growing realisation everywhere is that humanity can’t go on the way it is going. Indeed, the great fear is we’re entering endgame where we appear to have lost the race between self-destruction and self-understanding.”

 

It is this quest for “self-understanding” in particular, understanding of our ‘good’ and ‘evil’ conflicted human condition that lies at the heart of our obsession with superheroes. Only by finding the reconciling ‘self-understanding’ of our human condition can we save ourselves from the imminent disaster of ‘self-destruction’. BUT finding that liberating understanding needs someone to confront the human condition, and who is going to undertake that terrifying journey because, as the philosopher Sir Laurens van der Post has written, ‘He who tries to go down into the labyrinthine pit of himself, to travel the swirling, misty netherlands below sea-level through which the harsh road to heaven and wholeness runs, is doomed to fail and never see the light where night joins day unless he goes out of love in search of love’ (see par. 1285 of FREEDOM). Yes, as the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote about the unbearable ‘cliffs of fall’ of depression that would overcome anyone who tried to confront the human condition if they weren’t sufficiently sound in soul and full of ‘love’: ‘O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall, frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed’ (see par. 108 of FREEDOM).

 

This is what the human race has been waiting for, someone sound enough to confront and by so doing ‘fathom’/​solve the human condition, and whenever we thought about that task from our human-condition-terrified positions, it did seem like a superhuman undertaking. But, amazingly, it is that ultimate ‘road’ ‘down into the labyrinthine pit of’ ourselves to achieve ‘heaven and wholeness’ that Jeremy Griffith has succeeded in undertaking the result of which is his seminal masterpiece book FREEDOM. (Read more about our historic fear of the human condition and our resignation to living in denial of it in WTM Email 41, and in chapter 2:2 of FREEDOM.)

 

So the fabulous news is that humanity has won the ”race between self-destruction and self-understanding”, because the redeeming, reconciling and rehabilitating understanding of the human condition has at last been found and presented in FREEDOM.

 

Again, Professor Prosen sums up the situation:

 

Astonishing as it is, this book by Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith presents the 11th hour breakthrough biological explanation of the human condition necessary for the psychological maturation and transformation of our species.”

 

 

Image of advertisement for ‘The Book That Saves The World’

 

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Watch Jeremy Griffith present his breakthrough redeeming explanation of the human condition in WTM Email 5, or read chapter 1 of FREEDOM. You can also read more of Professor Prosen’s thoughts on the significance of FREEDOM in WTM Email 14.

 

Discussion or comment on this email is welcomed see below.

 

 

 

Please Note that a sample of the first 20 or so explanatory, and first 20 or so inspirational WTM Emails (including this and your previous WTM Emails) is available on our homepage at www.humancondition.com.

 

This sample includes (click on any to access directly):

 

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 Our historic fear of the human condition | 11 Ending the stalled state of biology | 13 One hour introductory talk | 15 The difficulty of reading FREEDOM that Plato predicted | 17 How everyone’s lives can now be immediately transformed | 19 How did we humans acquire our altruistic moral conscience? | 21 Integrative Meaning or ‘God’ | 23 How did consciousness emerge in humans? | 25 The truthful biology of life | 27 This understanding ends the polarised world of politics | 29 Left-wing dogma leads to terminal alienation | 31 Men and women reconciled | 33 Human sex and relationships explained | 35 The end of racism | 37 Judgment Day explained | 39 Saving Western civilisation | 41 Resignation | 43 Noah’s Ark | 45 Christ explained | 47 Humour and swearing explained | 49 Sir Laurens van der Post’s vision | 51 More on the transformation

 

Friday’s inspirational WTM Email 2 Can conflict ever end? | 4 Anne Frank’s faith in human goodness fulfilled | 6 ‘This is the real liberation of women’ | 8 ‘How this liberated me from racism’ | 10 Commendations | 12 FREEDOM chapter synopses | 14 FREEDOM’s significance by Prof. Prosen | 16 The genius of Transform Your Life | 18 Jeremy on how to become transformed | 20 Survey seeking feedback | 22 WTM Centres opening everywhere | 24 Ceremonial masks explained | 26 Fossils evidence our nurtured origins | 28 William Blake’s Tiger Tiger | 30 R.D. Laing’s fearless honesty | 32 Cave paintings | 34 The meaning of superhero and disaster films | 36 Science’s scorn of religion | 38 Art’s agony and ecstasy | 40 Second survey | 42 Wordsworth’s majestic poem | 44 Jeremy’s children’s book, ‘A Perfect Life’ | 46 Jeremy’s biography | 48 Australia’s role | 50 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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