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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 inspirational WTM Email 32

 

The difficulty of reading FREEDOM

 

What follows is a condensation of chapters 1:4 and 1:5 of FREEDOM.

 

In WTM Email 9, WTM member Tony Gowing talked about humans’ historic fear of the human condition, a fear that is so great it makes it very difficult for almost all people to read about the human condition and its resolution in FREEDOM. The tragic result for all these people, if they’re not aware of how to overcome this problem, is that they won’t receive the most precious gift a human can hope for, which is liberation from the horror and agony of the human condition!

 

The situation is akin to someone who suffers from a great fear of snakes being given a book that will cure them of their phobia, but since the cure in the book unavoidably involves discussion of snakes, as soon as they try to read the book their fear stops them from being able to do so, and so they miss out on being cured.

 

Jeremy Griffith using the fear of snakes analogy to help people understand why reading FREEDOM is difficult

Jeremy Griffith using the fear of snakes analogy to
help people understand why reading FREEDOM is difficult

 

In his poem about the human condition, Gerard Manly Hopkins wrote: ‘O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall, frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed’. These extraordinarily honest words acknowledge that whenever we dared to try to scale the ‘mountains’ in our ‘mind’ and enter the cold, sharp, icy world above the snow-line of what we find bearable to think about, and begin to dwell on the subject of the human condition, we risked ‘fall[ing] down ‘frightful, sheer’ ‘cliffs’ of unbearable self-confrontation and depression that, as Hopkins titled his poem, ‘No Worst, There Is None’.

 

Our seemingly horrifically imperfect, ‘good’ and ‘evil’-conflicted human condition has indeed been such a fearful subject that, until now, ‘no man’ has ‘fathomed’ it, been able to find the understanding of it; and, without that redeeming understanding, trying to confront the subject has only ever led to ‘sheer’ ‘cliffs of fall’ of ‘frightful’ depression. It is little wonder then that when the understanding of the human condition arrives, almost everyone is going to be too afraid to go near the explanation to see if the ‘mountains’ in our ‘mind’ have at last been ‘fathomed’. While the ‘holy grail’ of the whole heroic journey of humanity has been to find the rehabilitating understanding of our condition, tragically our historic fear of the subject blocks access to our rehabilitation from it!

 

This truly is an astronomically tragic situation. Benjamin Disraeli, a former Prime Minister of Great Britain, once famously said about not being able to find the redeeming, human-race-transforming understanding of the human condition, ‘Stranded halfway between ape and angel is no place to stop’. The essayist Jonathan Swift made a similarly anguished plea that he ‘not die here in a rage, like a poisoned rat in a hole’. The cellist Pablo Casals also recognised the urgency of solving the human condition when he said, ‘The situation is hopeless, we must take the next step’, as did the journalist Doug Anderson when he wrote, ‘Time may well be dwindling for us to enlighten ourselves…​Tragic to die of thirst half a yard from the well.’ The clinical psychologist Maureen O’Hara was another who stressed the need for the redeeming and thus human-race-transforming understanding of the human condition when she said that ‘humanity is either standing on the brink of “a quantum leap in human psychological capabilities or heading for a global nervous breakdown”’. And the psychotherapist Wayne Dyer was making the same point when he said, ‘We’ve come to a place…where we can either destroy ourselves or discover our divineness’, as was the great Australian educator, Sir James Darling, when he said, ‘The time is past for help which is only a Band-Aid. It is time for radical thinking and for a solution on the grand scale.’ (see paragraph 228 of FREEDOM) Yes, the human race has absolutely desperately needed to find the all-redeeming and all-liberating and all-transforming insight into its condition, so to have finally found that most precious of all insights the ‘solution on the grand scale’ and then not be able to access it and discover that it has been found and appreciate that we can all now be liberated from that unbearably agonising condition, is shaping to be the most horrendous tragedy in the history of planet Earth! The conscious mind, nature’s greatest invention, is on the brink of the most terrible outcome imaginable and this after eons of incredible, beyond description, effort and sacrifice by humans of ‘dying of thirst half a yard from the well’!

 

We humans have long referred to there being a great ‘elephant in our living rooms’, an all-important issue in our lives that we have failed to recognise, and while all manner of issues have been put forward as being that ignored matter, the real ‘elephant in our living rooms’ that we couldn’t look at, indeed, that we have refused to look at to the extent that many have denied its very existence, is the issue of the human condition.

 

Drawing by Jeremy Griffith © 2015 Fedmex Pty Ltd

 

The problem, again, is that as soon as discussion of the human condition begins, our minds become subconsciously alert to the fact they are being taken into a historically off-limits realm and start blocking out what is being said. Our minds suffer from a ‘deaf effect’ to what is being presented, with the consequence being that we struggle to read and absorb the liberating and transforming explanation of ourselves.

 

 

To illustrate the power of this ‘deaf effect’, consider the following reactions that Jeremy Griffith’s books have generated amongst readers: ‘When I first read this material all I saw were a lot of black marks on white paper’; and, ‘Reading this is like reading another language you know it’s English, you can understand the words, but the concepts are so basic and so different that they are almost incomprehensible it’s a paradigm shift of a read’; and, ‘This stuff is so head on it can be crippling, which, initially at least, can make it hard to get behind what’s being said and access the profundity of where it’s coming from’; and, ‘At first I found this information difficult to absorb, in fact my wife and I would sit in bed and read a page together, and then re-read it a number of times, but still we couldn’t understand what was written there and ended up thinking it must be due to poor expression.’

 

As the last response indicates, a consequence of being unaware that this resistance and block-out is occurring in our mind (because when we are in denial of something we aren’t aware we are in denial, since obviously if we were we wouldn’t be in denial of it!) is that we naturally blame the inaccessibility of what is being put forward on flaws in the presentation; we think it is, as readers of Jeremy’s books have so often said, ‘badly written, ‘impenetrably dense’, ‘disjointed’, ‘confusingly worded’, ‘too intellectual for me to understand’, ‘long-winded’, ‘unnecessarily repetitive of vague points’, ‘desperately needs editing’, and even ‘lacking in any substance or meaning’. Frustrated readers have even requested ‘an executive summary so I have some idea of what it is that you’re trying to say’!

 

As was mentioned in WTM Emails 9 and 13, the best analogy and description of humans’ fear of the human condition, and of the ‘deaf effect’ it causes, was given by that greatest of all philosophers, Plato, way back in the Golden Age of Greece, some 360 years before Christ. As to Plato’s greatness as a philosopher (philosophy being the study of ‘the truths underlying all reality’ (Macquarie Dictionary, 3rd edn, 1998)), Alfred North (A.N.) Whitehead, himself one of the most highly regarded philosophers of the twentieth century, described the history of philosophy as being merely ‘a series of footnotes to Plato’ (see paragraph 81 of FREEDOM).

 

Plato

Plato

The Republic

The Republic

 

So what was Plato’s marvellously descriptive analogy of humans’ extreme fear of the human condition and what importance did he place on the resulting difficulty of the ‘deaf effect’ in his most profound contribution to the study of ‘the truths underlying all reality’? Well, Plato’s most acclaimed work is The Republic and the central focus of The Republic is ‘our human condition’; and, most revealingly, in describing ‘our human condition’, Plato metaphorically depicted humans as having to live deep ‘underground’ in a ‘cave’ hiding from the ‘painful’ issue of ‘the imperfections of human life’ these ‘imperfections’ being the issue of the human condition. So the greatest of philosophers recognised that the central problem in understanding the ‘reality’ of our behaviour is our fear of the human condition!

 

 

This is what Plato wrote: I want you to go on to picture the enlightenment or ignorance of our human conditions somewhat as follows. Imagine an underground chamber, like a cave with an entrance open to the daylight and running a long way underground. In this chamber are men who have been prisoners there.’ Plato described how the cave’s exit is blocked by a ‘fire’ that ‘corresponds…to the power of the sun’, which the cave prisoners have to hide from because its searing, ‘painful ‘light’ would make ‘visible’ the unbearably depressing issue of ‘the imperfections of human life’. Fearing such self-confrontation, the cave prisoners have to ‘take refuge’ in the dark ‘cave’ where there are only some ‘shadows thrown by the fire’ that represent a ‘mere illusion’ of the ‘real’ world outside the cave. The allegory makes clear that while ‘the sun…​makes the things we see visible’, such that without it we can only ‘see dimly and appear to be almost blind’, having to hide in the ‘cave’ of ‘illusion’ and endure ‘almost blind’ alienation has been infinitely preferable to facing the ‘painful’ issue of ‘our [seemingly imperfect] human condition’. (see par. 83 of FREEDOM)

 

With regard to the problem of the ‘deaf effect’ response the ‘cave’ ‘prisoners’ would have to reading or hearing about the human condition, Plato then described what occurs when, as summarised in the Encarta Encyclopedia, someone ‘escapes from the cave into the light of day’ and ‘sees for the first time the real world and returns to the cave’ to help the cave prisoners ‘Escape into the sun-filled setting outside the cave [which] symbolizes the transition to the real world…​which is the proper object of knowledge’. Plato wrote that ‘it would hurt his [the cave’s prisoner’s] eyes and he would turn back and take refuge in the things which he could see [take refuge in all the dishonest, illusionary explanations for human behaviour that we have become accustomed to from human-condition-avoiding, mechanistic science], which he would think really far clearer than the things being shown him. And if he were forcibly dragged up the steep and rocky ascent [out of the cave of denial] and not let go till he had been dragged out into the sunlight [shown the truthful, real description of our human condition], the process would be a painful one, to which he would much object, and when he emerged into the light his eyes would be so overwhelmed by the brightness of it that he wouldn’t be able to see a single one of the things he was now told were real.’ Significantly, Plato then added, ‘Certainly not at first. Because he would need to grow accustomed to the light before he could see things in the world outside the cave. (see par. 83 of FREEDOM)

 

 

So again, in his central and main insight into ‘the truths underlying all reality’ of ‘our human condition’, the greatest of all philosophers warned that when we ‘first’ start reading about what ‘our human condition’ really is we ‘wouldn’t be able to see a single one of the things he was now told were real’. The italicised emphasis on ‘really is’ is because many refer to, and even claim to explain, the human condition without engaging with what it really is, namely the issue of our horrendously psychologically upset angry, egocentric and alienated lives.

 

Yes, for almost everyone, the ‘deaf effect’ will be a very significant problem when trying to read analysis of the human condition.

 

 

The obvious question then is, ‘How can the reader of FREEDOM overcome the ‘deaf effect’ and by so doing access the all-relieving and all-transforming understanding of themselves?’ Plato indicated the answer when he said that the ‘cave’ ‘prisoner’ ‘would need to grow accustomed to the light of the compassionate analysis of ‘the imperfections of human life’ of ‘our human condition’ to consequently achieve, as summarised in Encarta, the wonderful ‘transition to the real world’ ‘which is the proper object of knowledge. And over thirty years of experience presenting the fully accountable, all-clarifying, relieving and transforming insights into human behaviour that are contained in Jeremy Griffith’s work has confirmed that this is indeed the case, and that watching introductory videos, patiently re-reading the texts, and discussing these ideas with other will allow you to ‘grow accustomed to’ analysis of ‘our human condition’ and, through doing so, overcome the ‘deaf effect’.

 

To emphasise the very real nature of the ‘deaf effect’, and the effectiveness of re-reading in eroding it, take the following example, this time from an online article about Jeremy’s 2003 book, A Species In Denial: ‘I read it in 2005, and at the time it was not an easy read. The core concepts keep slipping from my mental grasp, at the time I put it down to bad writing, however a second reading revealed something the Author had indicated from the outset your mind doesn’t want to understand the content. The second read was quick and painless…[and I was then able to see that] The cause of the malaise [of humanity] is exposed, remedied and the reader is left with at the very least an understanding of themselves, and for me something of an optimism for the future.’ Yes, the ‘second read’ is all-important and regarding this last point about being left with ‘an optimism for the future’, Plato also emphasised just how relieved the cave prisoner would be to be free of his old, human-condition-avoiding, dishonest existence by saying that once he had become ‘accustomed to the light’, ‘when he thought of his first home and what passed for wisdom there, and of his fellow-prisoners, don’t you think he would congratulate himself on his good fortune and be sorry for them?’ The following are some other quotes you can search online that reveal this sense of ‘good fortune’ of being able to access understanding of the human condition and of finally being in the position to make sense of human existence: ‘If Plato and Aristotle were alive and read Griffith, they would die happy men’; and, ‘We don’t have to put up with “Not Knowing” anymore’; and, ‘tears stream down my face, so overcome have I been by this book. It is the greatest book on the planet, no wait, in the universe. In fact it is the greatest anything in the universe’; and, ‘I don’t care what question you have, this book will answer it’; and, ‘Here is the breakthrough biological explanation that PROVES we are ALL very, very good’; and, ‘This, to me, is the most significant thing I have ever stumbled across…If it doesn’t hit you right away it will down the road’; and, ‘Gah! words are too limited for this. Here have some love brother!’; and, ‘This book is why I’m alive enough to scribe to you. Joy and Love to you all.’ (see par. 93 of FREEDOM)

 

Drawing of humans finally being able to escape Platoâ..s metaphorical cave of denial

© 2009 Fedmex Pty Ltd

 

So, once you listen to the introductory videos and patiently re-read the text you will be astonished to discover that the fog does begin to lift, that what is being presented does begin to make extraordinarily accountable sense of human behaviour. This process of illumination is palpable in this additional extract from journalist and broadcaster Brian Carlton’s interview with Jeremy (which can be viewed at <www.humancondition.com/carlton-video>): ‘I remember when I first read one of your books I went through a stage where I couldn’t quite get my head around it. I got about half of it and it was a little confusing and a little dense but I didn’t give up. And in time your explanations did start to become clear and it made a hell of a lot of sense to me…The process of stripping off the denial is the difficult part, but once you’ve done that the answers become glaringly obvious…It’s an intellectual epiphany; I have a more complete understanding of myself, everybody around me, the society at large, the way the planet works. It’s a revelation! I don’t use that in a religious sense, it’s a quantifiably different thing but it has a similar impact on you. You wake up the next morning feeling more invigorated, more able to deal with the world because your level of understanding of it is so much higher…It’s very simple, it’s not hard. The end process is easy and reassuring and calming and self-accepting. Getting there is the difficult bit, once you have the revelation, the clarity of it is euphoric almost…when you get it, it is an event. You remember the day, you remember the section of the book, you remember when it happened, it stays with you…Don’t underestimate the extent to which your work has impacted me in terms of how I think about what I’m seeing, how I interpret behaviour. I worked up this ability to be able to work out what a person was like in the first five or six seconds of a conversation [as the host of a talk-back radio program]…the trickle-down transfer to every day life and every day human relationships and experiences has been hugely valuable.’

 

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Read Jeremy Griffith’s breakthrough redeeming explanation of the human condition in chapter 1 of FREEDOM; and much more about the problem of the ‘deaf effect’ in Freedom: Expanded.

 

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 | 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? | 27 Understanding the human condition ends the polarised world of politics | 29 The march of pseudo idealism to terminal alienation | 31 How everyone’s lives can now be immediately transformed

 

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 | 26 The meaning of superhero and disaster films | 28 Science’s scorn of religion | 30 Ceremonial masks explained

 

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. Susy on May 8, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Great choice Connie! Chapter 9 is the go-to text for our generation and the Transformed State it describes is indescribably magnificent and just so damn exciting! I read this incredible paragraph last night from the end of Chapter 9:8 (para 1218) which I thought you would love: “The human race has always hoped and believed that some day, some where, at some time humanity’s heroic search for and accumulation of knowledge would lead to, as Alan Paton hoped, ‘the dawn…​of our emancipation’—the finding of the liberating understanding of the human condition—at which point every aspect of human life that was seemingly so inexplicable would suddenly make sense, and we can now see how true that hope and belief was. Out of an overwhelmingly complex and problematic existence a straight forward and totally effective, extremely-rapidly-repairing-of-human-life-and-the-Earth, way of living for humans is now able to emerge.”

  2. Tommy on May 8, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I agree. Great blog post. Personally I found the videos on the WTM site really helpful and inspirational. The ‘intellectual epiphany’, as Brian Carlton says above, is on for young and old!

  3. RJ on May 8, 2017 at 11:21 am

    A hugely important topic, an absolutely diabolical situation humanity finds itself in. To have the answers to all our prayers arrive but not be able to hear it! I can personally attest to the complete deafness I had to this information when I first came across it but also to the success I had in simply persisting with re-reading and watching the WTM material on the website as it encourages above. I did overcome my ‘deaf effect’ and the results are simply mind-blowing. Just as one of the Transformation videos says, you ‘get your brain back’, you become a master of your life rather than an endless victim of the human condition. I really understand in hindsight why the ‘deaf effect’ was so big for me and thus why it is for nearly everyone coming across this information. I was just so afraid of the human condition, afraid of that deep deep question buried within me of ‘am I good or bad??’ and wedded to a paradigm that kept me from ever looking at that issue again. But what you discover is that, while there were no answers on Earth the fear is real and legitimate, BUT now understanding of the human condition is here there is nothing to be afraid of at all. This is a defence of humanity and an incredible golden path of true liberation from our madness and torture and horror is laid out logically before us. It’s an astonishing time to be alive! “Let’s Go!!”

  4. Connie Porter on May 5, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Thanks for this very supportive post. After reading the entire book, i am re-reading Chapter 9, especially in light of the miserabble direction the U.S. government is dragging us Americans. . I appreciate these blogs which are helping me clarify my understanding and encouraging me to share what I am learning in more and more ways.

  5. Agyapah on May 5, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    “Aha” I NEARLY MISSED THIS STUFF,ITS A GREAT EYE OPNNER,IWILL NOT GIVE FOLLOWING THE TEACHINGS
    THANKS VERY MUCH.