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This is inspirational WTM Email 26

 

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.

 

 

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 in the Resignation 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.”

 

 

 

 

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Read Jeremy Griffith’s breakthrough redeeming explanation of the human condition in chapter 1 of FREEDOM.

 

Discussion or comment on this email is welcomed see below.

 

 

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(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 | 19 Are humans innately and unchangeably brutal? | 21 How did we humans acquire our altruistic moral conscience? | 23 The integrative meaning of existence | 25 How did consciousness emerge in humans?

 

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 | 20 ‘How this liberated me from racism’ | 22 Art’s agony and ecstasy | 24 Survey seeking feedback

 

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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6 Comments

  1. Matt on August 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Yes ‘heaven and wholeness’ is a powerful phrase, and with this stuff it does seem to be within our grasp. Who would have thought? And hey, I like the superhero book at the end. Fitting but funny.

  2. Michael on May 29, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Every now and then some new and suitable piece of information fits very well into an existing network of words of substance, and the expression “heaven and wholeness” turned out to be just this diamond of the day for me…instead of just being left with anticipating a paradise in heaven after death, another equally rewarding possibility seems now to be in the realm of our earthly dominion when the concept of “wholeness”, i.e. psychological balance between personal opposites can be seen as a comparable alternative… very good!!! :)

  3. RJ on May 1, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Our subconscious knows it all. How absolutely fabulous to be alive when this biological understanding arrives, allowing the human condition to finally and legitimately end. No longer do we need to sit glued to our tv sets or cinema screens watching our latest superhero obsession, underneath pining for the world to be saved. As nomad says the bottom of the labyrinthine pit has been reached by Jeremy Griffith. The ultimate story is now unfolding in real time before our eyes! Everything we have ever dreamed of is here. We can finally see that we/ ourselves/ the whole of humanity has been the centre of the most amazing story this world has ever seen and the future before us is breathtakingly wonderful! Leaves ‘Lord of the Rings’ for dust!

  4. nomad on April 20, 2017 at 11:49 am

    I particularly like the analysis of the superheroes, and how the human condition has been so terrifying that we had to imagine someone with superpower getting to the bottom of the ‘labyrinthine pit of’ ourselves. But someone has.

  5. Diana on April 16, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    I am so grateful and happy to be able to have this knowledge of Jeremy Grithers work and if it sometimes takes me a while to process I still have the information there in my subconscious and can sometimes bring it back in conversation.

  6. Connie on April 14, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    I am thoroughly enjoying what I am learning through Jeremy Griffith’s generous sharing of his life’s work in Freedom. As a 76 year old retired teacher, I am delighted with this stage of my life, with the time to gather the insights I have learned and to recognize that I am aware enough now to grasp the integral connectedness of everything I have ever experienced as a human being. I am so very grateful for all my sources of learning, especially the continued input from WTM.