1. ABOUT THE HUMAN CONDITION
AND ITS RESOLUTION
WTM FAQ 1.4 How does being able to understand the human condition end the upset anger, egocentricity and alienation of the human condition? / How can everyone’s lives be immediately transformed?/ How do you let go of your ego? / What is the transformed state? / How is the transformation that this information brings about different to deferring to a religion?
[Note: this answer is repeated in WTM FAQ 4.1]
How does being able to understand the human condition end the upset anger, egocentricity and alienation of the human condition?
As summarised in of THE Interview, now that understanding of the human condition has been found, “to continue using the old artificial defences of retaliation, denial and the search for relieving power, fame, fortune and glory when our fundamental goodness has been established is not only clearly pointless but also unnecessarily destructive of ourselves, everyone around us and our planet…our artificial ways of reinforcing ourselves are obsoleted by the real reinforcement of ourselves. One way of living ends, a new one begins, free of the human condition.” Also in of THE Interview, Jeremy explains that “The psychoanalyst Carl Jung said, ‘wholeness for humans depends on the ability to own our own shadow’, and since we can now ‘own’ the ‘shadow’ of our species’ 2-million-year-corrupted condition, the human race is finally in a position to become ‘whole’”, end our insecure angry, egocentric and alienated behaviour.
Much more is explained in the following sections about how understanding of the human condition ends the upset state of the human condition.
How can everyone’s lives be immediately transformed? / What is the transformed state?
The finding of the biological explanation of the human condition makes possible the immediate transformation of your and every other human’s life from a human-condition-stricken state to a human-condition-free life of unimaginable happiness and excitement.
As this fully accountable, psychosis-addressing-and-solving, real biological explanation of the human condition (that is presented in ) reveals, when we humans became fully conscious some 2 million years ago a battle for the management of our lives unavoidably 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. Unable to explain and understand why we had to challenge our instincts, we became psychologically retaliatory, defensive and insecure—upset sufferers of the angry, egocentric and alienated human condition. But having now finally found the explanation for why we had to challenge our instincts, all the retaliatory, defensive and insecure upset anger, egocentricity and alienation can subside and heal. Understanding relieves and replaces the need to be retaliatory, defensive and insecure.
It’s true that while we now have the psychologically relieving understanding to rehabilitate the human race, the complete return to health and happiness will take a number of generations. This is because it usually takes years of psychological healing for all the insecurities, confusions and misunderstandings and their effects to be replaced and repaired with understanding, so it follows that in the case of the largest psychosis of all of the human condition, that healing process will be a generational process.
HOWEVER, while our species’ psychological rehabilitation will take a number of generations, what is of immense importance and is so spectacularly wonderful is that every human can immediately know that he or she is fundamentally good and not bad, and that this knowledge puts each of us in a very powerful position because it means we can legitimately decide not to live in accordance with the upset within us.
The logic behind making this decision is irrefutable: now that the great goal of the whole human journey of conscious thought and enquiry is achieved and we have found understanding of our conflicted and distressed human condition, all the old retaliatory, defensive and insecure behaviours of anger, egocentricity and alienation that we had to employ to cope while we couldn’t defend ourselves with understanding are no longer needed. They are obsoleted, brought to an end. In fact, with this knowledge of the human condition now found, it would be an act of total irresponsibility, indeed madness, to continue down that old, insecure, defensive and destructive road. The truth is, there is nothing in the way now of every human taking up a magnificent, unburdened, human-condition-free, transformed life!
And, gloriously, what happens when we give up our old way of living and take up the new way of living that understanding of the human condition has made possible, is we transition from a competitive and selfishly behaved person to a cooperative and selflessly behaved one, a truly integrative part of humanity. Even though we are not yet free of the psychologically upset state of our own personal human condition, we can immediately have a change of attitude and decide not to live out that upset state that remains within us. The overall effect in our lives is that, despite our retention of the upset state of the human condition, we are effectively free from its hold and its influence, which is an absolutely fabulous transformation to have made in an instant—in one simple decision!
How do I actually let go of my egocentric way of living?
“What happens is you don’t actually try to get this understanding of the human condition to mesh with your power and glory way of living. You don’t try to get one to fit inside the other, which is what you’ve been doing. That’s why you’re at odds with this. Even the words ‘at odds’ suggest that there’s a war between the two. That’s the mistake you’re making because what you do is you actually leave that whole wrestling match completely and go to another place that’s free of that wrestling match. The mistake you’ve been making is wrestling with this, trying to get this to marry or reconcile with or adjust to your old way of sustaining yourself. But in fact they’re incompatible, that’s the thing you’re missing. You give up—even saying ‘give up’ is inferring that you’re still involved with that battle—you just leave that whole war alone and you go and live in another place. You don’t try to mesh the two. You don’t try to get the two to work together. You see, that was what was completely wrong, trying to figure out how to modify your existing strategy to fit the new strategy. That’s the mistake. You don’t, you just leave that whole wrestling match alone. And once you understand that, it makes a world of difference. Whilst you don’t understand that, you’re forever trying to modify one to fit the other. It doesn’t matter which way you want to go, that’s where you’re stuck.
You need to realise that that’s completely wrong. You just leave that battle as is. The Transformed State has nothing to do with it; you go and live in a place that’s free of that battle. And as I’ll now explain, you’re not only free of it, you go and live for the project, live for getting this information to the world, and that sustains you, that’s what you live off in this fabulous state free of that egocentric existence.
That’s the critical thing for everyone to understand: when they’re in that war zone, they’re actually thinking about this incorrectly because there’s no war, you just leave it. You’re not even trying to get that battle to stop.
I scribbled this little drawing down before we started talking.
It’s like you’re saying to your resigned competitive self, ‘Go for it, go for it! Get as many victories as you can, I’m barracking for you! [referring to the drawings on the left-hand side of the hill] Look, there’s a big stand of bamboo, go and cut some and make some good spears! Here’s a machete to sharpen them so you can make lots of spears to stab your enemies with and get lots of wins! Look, there’s a big rock over there, take your war elephants over there and sharpen their tusks on the rocks so they can spear people with them. Go for it! I’m all for it, go for your life!’ Far from trying to stop it you say, ‘I’ll even go up the side of the hill here and barrack for you, I hope you get a lot of successes.’ But then you say, ‘Look, I just need to go and get a drink of water and there’s a spring over on the other side of this ridge. I’ll just duck over there but I’ll be back, don’t worry, I’ll be back in a minute to keep barracking for you but I’m just going to duck over here.’ And you go over the ridge AND YOU NEVER COME BACK! And you’re in this totally free state, which is the Transformed State where you’re living for this and in support of this and it’s a wonderfully free state. But you haven’t resolved that battle, you’ve just left it. That’s an incredibly important point.”
How is the transformation that this information brings about different to deferring to a religion?
Most significantly, this new Transformed Way of Living is fundamentally different to all the previous ways, including religion, in which we abandoned our upset life and lived instead in accordance with more cooperative and selfless principles. As is described in , there has been a progression of increasingly dishonest, deluded and dangerous ways of adopting a more cooperative and selfless way of living—from religion to socialism/communism to New Ageism to feminism to environmentalism to politically correct post-modernism and most recently, ‘Critical Theory’ and its associated ‘Critical Race Theory’ and ‘Critical Gender Theory’. As is explained in that essay (which is such a significant essay it has been produced as the standalone booklet titled , which is freely available on our homepage as one of the WTM’s four key books), what was increasingly dishonest, deluded and dangerous about all these movements was that they weren’t just promoted as ways of restraining upset, but as actual solutions to the upset state of the human condition. As the Adam Stork story in is finally able to make clear, we humans had to be prepared to suffer becoming upset angry, egocentric and alienated while we searched for knowledge, ultimately for self-knowledge, understanding of the human condition. Therefore, dogmatic insistence on cooperative and selfless behaviour oppressed the freedom we needed to continue the upsetting search for knowledge. And to claim that dogmatic compliance with cooperative and selfless behaviour was the solution to upset behaviour was pseudo idealistic because real idealism depended on continuing the upsetting search for knowledge until we found the relieving understanding of the human condition. Understanding not dogma was the answer; it was our species’ goal and destiny. However, once that relieving understanding of the human condition was found, as it now has been, this situation fundamentally changes. Suddenly it’s no longer pseudo idealistic to insist on cooperative and selfless behaviour, because the upsetting battle to find understanding of ourselves has been won. So while all previous forms of abandoning our upset life were fundamentally irresponsible and pseudo idealistic, abandoning our upset life is now not only legitimate, it is the only way to live.
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For further explanation of the Transformed State (including why it is not another religion), see , or for a more comprehensive treatment, read . You can also watch biologist Jeremy explain how the Transformed Way of Living is adopted in , while in he explains how, in contrast to the politically correct, non-progressive and destructive false start to an ideal world, understanding of the human condition brings the REAL start to a loving and free transformed life for humans.