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This is explanatory WTM Email 27

 

Thankfully, finding understanding of the human condition brings an end to the whole now horrifically polarised world of politics

 

The fully accountable, psychosis-addressing-and-solving, real biological explanation of the human condition in chapter 1 of Jeremy Griffith’s book FREEDOM reveals that when we humans became fully conscious some 2 million years ago a battle for the management of our lives broke out between our already established gene-based, naturally-selected instinctive orientations and our newly emerged nerve-based, understanding-dependent, self-adjusting, fully conscious mind.

 

 

What happened was that our instincts in effect criticised and opposed our conscious mind’s necessary search for knowledge and the only way to stop this condemning criticism, and thus end the battle, was to be able to explain and understand why we had to search for knowledge and defy our instincts. But we were only just setting out in search of knowledge and it was a journey that would take us until now to find that redeeming explanation which, as mentioned, is the difference between the nerve-based learning system that operates from a basis of understanding the world, and the gene-based learning systems that can only give species’ orientations to the world around them. Without that clarifying explanation, all we could do throughout those 2 million years was defy our instincts by attacking them, trying to prove them wrong, and by blocking out their criticism. The psychologically upset behaviours of anger, egocentricity and alienation emerged as our only means of coping while we searched for this understanding of our situation/condition that would end our need to be retaliatory, defensive and insecure.

 

Drawing by Jeremy Griffith © 1991 Fedmex Pty Ltd

 

Obviously, at any time we could give up the upsetting search for knowledge ‘fly back on course’ in the Adam Stork analogy and we would feel good because we would no longer be adding to the anger, egocentricity and alienation in ourselves and in the world. But doing that was fundamentally irresponsible because we were abandoning the search for knowledge which we needed to pursue until we found self-knowledge, understanding for why we had become upset sufferers of the angry, egocentric and alienated human condition. In fact, giving up the upsetting search for knowledge and then dishonestly and deludedly trying to justify it by saying it was the right thing to do because we were ‘stopping’ all the anger, egocentricity and alienation in the world meant we were opposing humanity’s efforts to actually bring an end to all the anger, egocentricity and alienation. We weren’t just abandoning the heroic battle to find knowledge, we were actively campaigning against it! We were behaving in an extremely destructive way, even though we were deluding ourselves that what we were doing was constructive, progressive and good.

 

This insight finally allows us to understand the real merits and liabilities of the left and right wings of politics. When a journalist said that ‘the great twin political problems are the brutality of the right and the dishonesty of the left’ (see par. 302 of FREEDOM), we can now understand that he was referring to the right-wing’s emphasis on continuing the upsetting, brutal search for knowledge free from the oppression of the dishonesty and delusion of the left-wing that maintained we were being good by opposing upset angry, egocentric and alienated behaviour and dogmatically imposing loving, selfless and cooperative ideal, ‘politically correct’ values.

 

We can now see that the left-wing was actually being pseudo idealistic because true idealism required that we continue the upsetting search for knowledge until humanity found the understanding of the human condition that would genuinely bring an end to all the upset anger, egocentricity and alienation in the world. The left-wing was leading humanity to oblivion, not to peace and happiness. We can now finally explain and understand that it was actually the left-wing not the right-wing that was the real threat to humanity. We can understand that, paradoxically, it was the right-wing in politics that actually held the moral high ground, that was doing the right thing, being truly idealistic.

 

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So the truth was not as it appeared. The corrupting journey for knowledge, ultimately self-knowledge/understanding of the human condition, that the right-wing was championing, made them the heroes not the villains. As it says about the great paradox of the human condition in the musical Man of La Mancha (which is based on the story of Don Quixote), we humans had to be prepared to ‘march into hell for a heavenly cause’ (Joe Darion, The Impossible Dream, 1965). We had to lose ourselves to find ourselves. We had to be prepared to suffer self-corruption if we were to become free of the human condition.

 

When the science historian Jacob Bronowski wrote that ‘We are nature’s unique experiment to make the rational intelligence prove itself sounder than the reflex [instinct]. Knowledge is our destiny. Self-knowledge, at last bringing together the experience of the arts and the explanations of science, waits ahead of us’ (The Ascent of Man, 1973, p.437 of 448), he was recognising that humans’ greatest need has been to find this reconciling understanding between our instinct and intellect.

 

The big problem, however, has been that the longer the corrupting search for this reconciling insight continued, the more upset humans became and the more tempting it was to give up the search and adopt the artificial relief of pseudo idealism. And it is precisely this end play situation that has now arrived, where many people have become advocates of dogmatically imposing cooperative, selfless and loving ideal values on our knowledge-searching lives. The advocates of dogma are threatening the freedom needed to question, think and find (and then accept) understanding. As the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche warned the exhausted human race, ‘You are not yet free, you still search for freedom. Your search has fatigued you…But, by my love and hope I entreat you: do not reject the hero in your soul! Keep holy your highest hope!…War [against oppression, especially from dogma] and courage have done more great things than charity. Not your pity but your bravery has saved the unfortunate up to now’ (Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for Everyone and No One, 1892; tr. R.J. Hollingdale, 1961, pp.70-74 of 343), and ‘There comes a time in a culture’s history when it becomes so pathologically soft that it takes the side of its worst enemy [dogma]…and calls it “progress”’ (tr. of Beyond Good And Evil, 1886, sec. 201).

 

Basically, the righteous, pseudo idealistic causes we humans have taken up after becoming ‘fatigued’, such as socialism, new ageism, feminism, environmentalism, multiculturalism, globalisationism, anti-capitalism, political correctism and post-modernism, all represented false starts to a human-condition-free world because, once again, the real start to an anger, egocentricity and alienation-free world depended on continuing the upsetting search for knowledge until we found the reconciling understanding of the human condition. As Bronowski and Nietzsche respectively said, ‘Knowledge is our destiny’ and the anti-knowledge, anti-truth and anti-progress of dogma is ‘its worst enemy’.

 

 

So while pseudo idealism has given idealism a bad name and horribly discredited the real start to a human-condition-free world, now that the understanding of the human condition needed for that real start has been found, the great transformation of the human race from the upset state of the human condition can and has legitimately begun and with that understanding of the human condition found, the delusion of the left-wing is exposed and the work of the right is completed, which thankfully brings an end to the whole ugly business of politics.

 

As beautifully summarised in paragraph 1136 of FREEDOM, the final irony of the saga of humanity’s great journey from ignorance to enlightenment is that the ideal world that the left-wing was dogmatically demanding is actually brought about by the right-wing winning its reality-defending, freedom-from-idealism, corrupting-search-for-knowledge battle against the freedom-oppressing pseudo idealistic dogma of the left-wing. Yes, with the freedom-from-dogma right-wing’s search for understanding of the human condition completed, the justification for the egocentric power-fame-fortune-and-glory-seeking way of life espoused by the right-wing ends, replaced by the ideal-behaviour-obeying attitude that the left-wing sought. In this sense, when the right-wing wins we all become left-wing; through the success of the philosophy of the right-wing, we all adopt the philosophy of the left-wing but, most significantly, this time we are not abandoning an ongoing battle, we are leaving it won.

 

Next Wednesday’s explanatory WTM Email will look at the extremely dangerous progression that has taken place over the last 200 years to ever more guilt-stripped and dishonest forms of pseudo idealism.

 

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Read more about how the explanation of the human condition puts an end to politics in chapter 3:9 of FREEDOM, or Part 2 of the booklet Transform Your Life And Save The World.

 

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?

 

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

 

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. AliceW on July 11, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Hi BOBPENN, what happened for me is that being able to ‘know’ or understand life replaced my faith in life in the most unexpected and profound way because I could understand that co-operation or goodness or selflessness or love was actually the meaning of existence, was actually God! I didn’t have to just hope that was true I could understand through the laws of physics that it is true. It took me a little while to work the depth and breadth of what Jeremy explains through but what a gift I was given when I persisted. Knowledge replaced my faith and certainty replaced my hope and this has given me such comfort and inspiration and direction in my life I never thought was possible. That is when you understand how this knowledge can save the world because it saves you. It is like an ‘awakening’ as you quite rightly describe it. It’s wonderful to have this place to share our experiences and yes keep reading and thinking and you will soon see just how powerful this explanation is.

  2. BOBPENN on July 10, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    I remember saying to my wife about how humanity will eventually get to a peaceable state, that it wll happen when people truly want it, when enough of us want it, then a natural kind of situation will develop, like is written above. I suppose, that is what is happening to Humanity now, right before our eyes.

  3. George C. on June 26, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Griffith’s explanation DOES allow a whole new approach, as is explained in the final paragraph: “when the right-wing wins we all become left-wing; through the success of the philosophy of the right-wing, we all adopt the philosophy of the left-wing — but, most significantly, this time we are not abandoning an ongoing battle, we are leaving it won.”

  4. Kenneth on June 26, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Religion is doing the same thing
    Both trying to do your thinking for you
    Spreading ,Wisdom and stupidity
    Acting all knowing ,but totally ignorant, at the same time
    I am aware of my ignorance
    Because I studied, many subjects,
    Most people just form opinions and fix them in their minds
    As replies ,bon voyage

  5. 72poorboy on June 23, 2017 at 8:29 am

    There is a nuance here – well it pretty much central to Griffith’s email – that I am seeing gets overlooked. It is that even though Trump may be a buffoon and a bigot (and you wont get any argument from me on that), the issue is that psychologically, and in terms of humanity’s journey to find understanding, his egocentricity is more healthy than a left wing mentality, which by trying to make us all behave ‘nicely’, shuts down the freedom needed to continue the search for knowledge. It takes a bit of effort to grasp, but once you do, that nuance has an amazing effect on how you view everything that is going on.

  6. Kenneth on June 23, 2017 at 3:39 am

    We are living in the dark ages,totally unaware of our ignorance
    So much progress to be made,we are so backward ,it is amazing,
    There are wonderful caring people being ignored
    And bigots adored ,
    Donald Trump ,is the proof,

  7. Matt on May 25, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Compared with what I get in my inbox and read in the papers every day, that is so deeply deeply profound that I am not only refreshed, but almost rendered speechless. ‘Almost’, because I do want to say how riven our society is over here (US), with the left and right at each others throats making any sort of functional governance impossible, whichever side of the fence you are on. My leanings are toward the right, so this understanding is vindicating, for want of a better word, and if the left can accept it, then it has to the only way out of this terrible mess. I will do my best to use this understanding.

  8. Michael on May 25, 2017 at 7:40 am

    As good and exact to the point of the nature of the human condition as Jeremy Griffith´s findings and explanations are, this E-mail nr. 27 still reveals to me the constantly reappearing tiny flaw in his thinking which to my mind constitutes a threshold of ignorance beyond which a good part of us humans function, a flaw which seems to replicate the ignorance which the world transformation movement claims to have overcome by identifying for instance the concept of “loveindoctrination” or nervelearning as opposed to genetic learning…..what I´m referring to is the portraying in the newsletter of new ageism as a ‘false start’… this general categorisation of the phenomenon of “new age” among the other -ism’s clearly shows to me that it doesn’t matter how far back in human history, evolutionary history, geological history or even universal development one’s probing mind ventures, or how deep one’s psychological knowledge penetrates, if not all the duck’s are lined up in a straight row, the whole reasoningchain selfgenerates a problem… new age is not an ordinary psychologically rooted -ism, but an objective description of a celestial phenomenon with religious consequences, just as relevant for a curious mind today as ever the world transformation movement’s core message is… dismissing this viewpoint as criticism, delusion, narrowmindedness or unwillingness to see things from another perspective is IMO tantamount to prejudicial thinking and scientific myopia…

  9. worldwanderer on May 25, 2017 at 7:00 am

    The concept of the threat of left-wing dogma has always challenged me when i have read Griffith’s work. In this latest email, the final para graph really helps me in understanding and accepting the full picture. Both sides have had a role to play i guess. Those roles are no redundant. We can now actually get on with saving the world and allowing true idealism to exist for the first time. Thank God for that!