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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 16

 

Why is women’s beauty such a powerful force in human life?

 

A young, beautiful woman is captivating. Her appearance has the ability to inspire artists and stop us in our tracks, but why does beauty have such a powerful effect?

 

 

It is because women’s beauty has inspired humans to dream of a pure, human-condition-free worldas biologist Jeremy Griffith explains in his book FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition, “we lose our soul, of which women is the immemorial image.”

 

In the 1996 film Beautiful Girls, one of the male characters perfectly articulates just how powerful this image is for humans:

 

“Look, the supermodels are beautiful girls. A beautiful girl can make you dizzy, like you’ve been drinking bourbon and coke all morning, she can make you feel high for the single greatest commodity known to manpromise. Promise of a better day, promise of a greater hope, promise of a new tomorrow. This particular awe can be found in the gait of a beautiful girl, in her smile and in her soul; in the way she makes every rotten thing about life seem like it’s going to be okay. The supermodels, that’s all they are, bottled promise, scenes from a brand new day, hope dancing in stiletto heels.”

 

 

Detail from Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus

Detail from Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus

 

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Read Jeremy Griffith’s breakthrough redeeming explanation of the human condition in chapter 1 of FREEDOM and his explanation of how women’s beauty became men’s only equivalent for, and measure of, the beauty of their lost pure world in Chapter 8:11B of FREEDOM.

 

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

 

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

 

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. Professor Senior Lecturer Dr Steve Rogers on September 22, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    The Female form has been the focus of Art and the appreciation of Beauty since the dawn of recorded history of Human Existence. It will continue to be so, and regardless of the opinions of a small mindless minority, it will endure until the end of God’s Grant of Grace upon we Human Beings.

    Professor Senior Lecturer Dr Steve R Rogers.

  2. colin on September 15, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    it is refreshing and enlightening to read about beauty from Griffith’s honest framework. and Nomad thatnks for sharing the beautiful quote from Vander Post – I will seek to find the book this comes from.

  3. Cecilia on September 14, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    An interesting article. I haven’t read Jeremy’s book yet, but this text reminds me of my own theory of why men rape, and also a real explanation for the existence of paedophiles – most of which seem to have been robbed of their own innocence early on in their lives. It’s not popular, but I feel sorry for them – nobody is really a monster.

  4. nomad on August 1, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Just through searching for knowledge, and bearing the self-corruption that entails, men’s lives were incredibly heroic. That is the deepest truth. On another level, women have inspired ‘the hero response’ in men, because despite being corrupted by the battle and resenting women’s unfortunate condemnation of their corruption, men could still appreciate women’s relative soulfulness, and their love and tolerance and support. And so men were ‘chivalrous’ toward women. This is from Par 785 of FREEDOM:
    “Sir Laurens van der Post offered this sensitive attempt by a man to explain to a woman the greater significance of sex; it is a conversation that takes place on the eve of a Second World War battle: ‘Touched by her concern for her honour, in his imagination he would have liked to tell her that he could kneel down before her as a sign of how he respected her and beg her forgiveness for what men had taken so blindly and wilfully from women all the thousand and one years now vanishing so swiftly behind them. But all he hastened to say was: “I would have to be a poet and not a soldier to tell you all that I think and feel about you. I can only say that you are all I imagined a good woman to be. You make me feel inadequate and very humble. Please know that I understand you have turned to me not for yourself, not for me, but on behalf of life. When all reason and the world together seem to proclaim the end of life as we have known it, I know you are asking me to renew with you our pact of faith with life in the only way possible to us”’.”

    It is a very nuanced topic, but one that we can now understand fully. As Joy says, Chapter 8:11B of FREEDOM is the place to go.

  5. Vania on July 29, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Does the promise of innocence in women’s beauty trigger the hero response in men?

    • abi on August 1, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      Heres what I have come to understand Vania. Women’s beauty and image of innocence inspires men to fight the biggest leopard or threat our species has had to face and that is the threat of ignorance. Once you immerse yourself in the understanding of the human journey and the different historic roles men and women have played you gain a very deep and profound respect and love for men taking on and championing the threat of ignorance and also for women who tried to shelter and nurture the next generation while at the same time tried to inspire men with their beauty. Now that certainly is a heroic response from both sexes! At last we truly can end the war between the sexes and all the mud slinging and disrepect from both sides. I hope you keep exploring Freedom especially ch 8 because what it explains about human behaviour is absolutely astonishing.

  6. Vania on July 29, 2017 at 2:13 am

    Interesting, do women view men in a similar sense?

    • Joy on July 29, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Hi Vania, no women don’t view men as a representation of our lost innocence and the reason why is absolutely fascinating. It comes back to the fundamental physiological difference between men and women and how that played out when the human condition arose. You just have to read the suggested chapter 8:11B in Freedom about men and women as it blows the lid on the whole confusing and emotive subject. It is key to read ch 1 summary of the human condition first because the men and women stuff takes you to some very challenging places but that’s the brilliance of Griffith. As a biologist he has established the fundamental goodness of all humans, so he can bravely explain the differences between us and get to the bottom of all the division and prejudice, especially between men and women. Reding Freedom is the most extraordinary experience. It opens your mind and heart to a level of understanding and compassion you never thought possible.

  7. Liam on April 5, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    The following lyrics from the chorus of the 1967 song by Neil Diamond see apt “Then I saw her face, now I’m a believer”.

  8. Liam on March 13, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Interesting discussion above. Personally I find the explanation of women’s beauty by WTM to be another example of where explanation of the HC allows a subject that I found totally bewildering to be unpacked and laid out in such an accountable fashion. For example, while the above quote from the movie ‘Beautiful Girls’ might have resonated as touching on a truth and as a result moved me emotionally in some way, without the benefit of WTM explanation I could not even have begun to explain why. Now not only can the truth of the inspiration of women’s beauty be drawn up to see in full view, its origins can be explained and understood. As with other topics ‘Freedom’ provides a framework of explanation that for me beautifully pieces together aspects of our HC behavior that appear to be totally contradictory and irreconcilable. For me the instinctive drive to reproduce line of explanation isn’t able to do this and can’t explain the psychological and emotional machinations that are at work in me. I have to remind myself when approaching a subject to keep coming through the gate of acknowledging the HC permeates to the core every aspect of my/ our behavior. This is not always easy. By the way, today I was transiting through an airport and went past a Victoria’s Secret shop that had a whole series of supersized billboards with images of unbelievably beautiful supermodels. Hard to improve on “Bottled promise” as a description. Interested in people’s thoughts.

  9. Andrew on March 5, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Your readers’ comments are nothing whatsoever to do with the ” human condition ” – the evolutionary process is very slow – in evolutionary terms what we in 2017 consider as beauty is not relevant – we have been evolving from a form close to what we are now for hundreds of thousands of years – until very recently we lived in small groups as nomads – local small groups met up from time to time to pass females from group to group – in those times there was no ” media ” to seduce us with advertising – there were no ” supermodels ” or ” Hollywood moguls ” producing ” blockbuster films ” starring the latest ” Starlet ” – life expectancy was short – life [pure and simple] was all about the most basic and simple of human needs after shelter and food – to reproduce

    • nomad on March 6, 2017 at 9:52 am

      The whole tenet of Jeremy Griffith’s book is that the human condition is a psychological state, not just an instinctive, reproduce your genes state. And this includes the reason why we find women attractive. Not because it is somehow a sign of fertility, but because they appear innocent, and that appearance of innocence has a profound psychological effect on us. But again, the real issue is whether our actions are all instinctive, or whether they have a psychological basis, and chapter one of Griffith’s book FREEDOM, makes the case very strongly, that it is a psychological state. The whole book starts with this:
      Chapter 1:1 Freedom from the human condition
      This book liberates you, the reader, and all other humans from an underlying insecurity and resulting psychosis that all humans have suffered from since we became a fully conscious species some two million years ago.
      This underlying insecurity and psychosis that exists within every human is the product of a very deep anxiety, an uncertainty, of not knowing why, when the ideals of life are so obviously to be cooperative, loving and selfless, are humans so competitive, aggressive and selfish. Certainly, we have relied heavily on the excuse that our behaviour is no different to that seen in the animal kingdom—that we humans are competitive, aggressive and selfish because of our animal heritage. We have argued that we are, as Lord Alfred Tennyson put it, ‘red in tooth and claw’—a victim of savage animal instincts that compel us to fight and compete for food, shelter, territory and a mate; that we are at the mercy of a biological need to reproduce our genes. But this reason that biologists, including the most celebrated living biologist, the Harvard-based Edward (E.) O. Wilson, have been perpetuating cannot be the real cause of our competitive, divisive behaviour because descriptions of human behaviour, such as egocentric, arrogant, inspired, depressed, deluded, pessimistic, optimistic, artificial, hateful, mean, immoral, guilt-ridden, evil, psychotic, neurotic, alienated, all recognise the involvement of our species’ unique fully conscious thinking mind—that there is a psychological dimension to our behaviour. Humans have suffered not from the genetic-opportunism-based, non-psychological animal condition, but the conscious-mind-based, PSYCHOLOGICALLY troubled HUMAN CONDITION.”

  10. Anna on March 5, 2017 at 8:28 am

    To be able to understand human’s fascination with women’s beauty is incredibly relieving from a woman’s point of view. It can feel offensive that men are so captivated by beauty and not attracted to or appreciative of women’s real selves. And the frustration is only compounded by women’s seemingly contradictory obsession with trying to be beautiful. Beauty has been a very confronting issue for women so it’s extrodinary to have someone explain the reasons behind both men and women’s obsessions so clearly.

  11. Frank B on March 4, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Without the beauty of women to inspire men who were tasked with championing the ego in effect finding enough knowledge that would one day liberate us from the HC it would not have been possible.
    Both sexes throughout our 2 million year search for knowledge have endured immense corruption and now can finally begin to appreciate each other for the roles we’ve played.
    And I agree with Louis womens beauty can now be celebrated.

  12. Jaynes on March 4, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Very interesting. Are women inspired in the same way as men?

    • blindside on March 6, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Watching this with interest too. Are women inspired the same way? Not sure if you mean by the beauty of other women or by men’s looks Jaynes? I assume you mean by the beauty of other women. I guess the big difference is there is not (usually) the prospect of romance there. And also that women are not duped that beautiful women are innocent, because women, being part of that game, know it is just a facade.
      Happy for anyone to correct me here.

  13. jazz on March 4, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Hey louis, great quote. Here is another one that I have always thought was great. This is from the old english poet William Blake, “The nakedness of woman is the work of God.” That starts to make sense now doesnt it!

  14. nomad on March 4, 2017 at 8:16 am

    If it was possible to say that one aspect of Jeremy’s work was more interesting than another, then the explanation of women’s beauty would be right up there. This is from chapter 8:11B:

    “throughout humanity’s infancy and childhood we self-selected integrative traits by consciously seeking out love-indoctrinated mates—members of the group who had experienced a long infancy and were closer to their memory of infancy (that is, younger). Since the older we became the more our infancy training in love wore off, we began to recognise that the younger an individual, the more integrative he or she was likely to be. We began to idolise, foster and select for youthfulness—represented as it was by neotenous (infant-like) features such as the aforementioned large eyes, dome forehead, snub nose and a hairless body—because of its association with cooperativeness or integrativeness. But what happened around 2 million years ago when the upset state of the human condition emerged is that instead of selecting for neotenous features because they signalled a cooperative individual, such features began to be selected for because they signalled an innocent individual who was ‘attractive’ for sexual destruction. What this means is that while the motivation behind the selection changed significantly, the neotenous features signifying soundness and innocence have been selected for throughout humanity’s infancy, childhood and adolescence.”

  15. louis on March 3, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    sensationnel!! simply beautiful. i am continue to be in amaze by the reach of understanding of human condition.
    it is true, women and their beauty should be celebration. the quote from film encapulates for me this celebration. and as Dante said “Heat cannot be separated from fire, or beauty from The Eternal.”

  16. Howard on March 3, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    I always thought that the idea that women’s attractiveness was some sort of instinctive reaction to their fertility was absolute BS. I am intrigued by this and and will read further as you suggest.

  17. Shafiq khan on March 3, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    God itself most beautiful n he also likes beauty,men r made up from clay n God put his soul in clay so man fascinats from beautiful creations not only from woman’s beauty.

    • Cecilia on September 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Yes actually, I tend to agree. The glorious traits of male youth – boyishness – quite in keeping with this proposition…