- Paperback: 798 pages
- Publisher: WTM Publishing and Communications (May 24, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1741290287
- ISBN-13: 978-1741290288
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.9 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
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FREEDOM: The End of the Human Condition
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'What this book of books, in fact this greatest of all books, does is take humanity from a state of bewilderment about the nature of human behavior and existence to a state of profound understanding of our lives--understanding that drains away all the pain, suffering, confusion and conflict from the world. This is it -- THE BOOK THAT SAVES THE WORLD!' - Professor Harry Prosen, former President of the Canadian Psychiatric Association
'Nothing Dr. Prosen has said about the immense importance of this book is an exaggeration. This is the book all humans need to read for our collective wellbeing.' - Dr Scott D. Churchill, Professor and former Chair, Psychology Department, University of Dallas
“I’ve never felt the world more threatening, more fractious, more fissiparous, more febrile…We need to think, we need new ideas, we need proselytizers, we need obsessed people, which I think Jeremy is. We need him to be questioned. We need ‘FREEDOM’ to be argued, we need it to be read and talked about and understood. It may be right, it may be wrong. But you need someone as committed as Jeremy to trying to understand what gets us here…Jeremy made me think afresh and think differently. I hope he does it with you.” - Sir Bob Geldof, humanitarian and musician
'This book is actually written from a position outside of the human condition. It is just amazing; Griffith walks freely through all the psychosis of our troubled human condition and with such freedom is able to explain everything about us!' - Tim Macartney-Snape, biologist, mountaineer and twice-honoured Order of Australia recipient
'You never forget the moment when you realise this really does explain the human condition.' - Brian Carlton, journalist, commentator and broadcaster
'The sequence of discussion in 'FREEDOM' is so logical and sensible, providing thenecessary breakthrough in the critical issue of needing to understand ourselves.' - Dr David Chivers, anthropologist and former President of the Primate Society of Great Britain
'How could we be good when all the evidence seems to unequivocally indicate that we are a deeply flawed, bad, even evil species?" Clearly, it's not an easy question to answer, and the author succeeds in not treating the subject lightly. He includes a plethora of material for readers to absorb, including poetry, song lyrics, information on bonobos ("humans' closest relatives"), and thoughts from thinkers from Plato to Søren Kierkegaard to E.O. Wilson... an undeniably intriguing, well-organized investigation.' - Kirkus Reviews
"Impressively well written, persuasively argued, deftly organized and accessibly presented, "Freedom: The End of the Human Condition" is a compelling and articulate read throughout. Highly recommended for both community and academic library collections, "Freedom: The End of the Human Condition" will prove to be of compelling interest to both academia and the non-specialist general reader." - Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Jeremy Griffith spent six years in the wilds of Tasmania where he undertook the most thorough investigation ever into the plight of the Tasmanian Tiger, concluding that it was extinct. During this time, aged 27, Jeremy shifted his exploratory focus to humanity, which has remained his life's preoccupation for the last 40 years. He started writing about the human condition in 1975, established the World Transformation Movement in 1983 (originally established as the Foundation for Humanity's Adulthood), published his first book, Free: The End of the Human Condition in 1988, his second book, Beyond the Human Condition in 1991, and his bestselling third book, A Species In Denial, in 2004.
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Freedom tells us the “human condition” results from psychological upset caused by conflict between the intellect (rational conscience self) and the instinctive self that ruled humanity before consciousness. The instinctive self followed its path without question, but when consciousness arrived it questioned that path and wanted to explore other ways. The instinctive self saw this as a rebellion and condemned the conscious self setting up a conflict and resulting in guilt being assigned to the conscious self for its behavior. The conscious self replied that it was not bad and became angry for the criticism being leveled. The resulting psychosis became the human condition. The story of Adam Stork is told more than once to make this point.
Once we recognize this unnecessary conflict and determine that we (as humanity) are not bad at all, but in fact are totally good and heroic this conflict will end and we will become calm, loving people who accept one another and cease competitive behavior. All this hurtful history was necessary for us to discover this truth and transform ourselves. Once this truth is spread the world will be transformed into a loving place where harmony replaces strife.
The two paragraphs above summarize about a thousand pages of repetitive writing that is close to sophomoric in its editing. The author literally repeats the same quotes and concepts many times throughout the book. Mr. Griffith thinks his writing is of such gravitas that one must re-read the book two or more times, review videos, and buy another book. Then he tells us the truth is obvious and easily understood once revealed.
A real problem with the book is an odd view that humanity thinks and reacts as one person. The author also believes that things, such as instinct, can speak or compel humanity to act in a personified fashion. For example: “When our fully conscious, reasoning, self-managing mind emerged it would, in order to find the understandings it needed to effectively manage events, have had to challenge those instinctive orientations, which would have led to a psychologically upsetting clash with our moral instincts. (Paragraph 244)” And: “So, when we humans went in search of knowledge we were initially criticized for not obeying our instincts, and then secondly for responding to that initial criticism in a way that offended our cooperatively orientated, moral instinctive conscience, and, then thirdly, by that behaviour defying the very integrative, cooperative theme of existence that our intellect could so plainly see existed in nature. (Paragraph 263).”
So, who or what criticized “us” in such a way that “we” reacted angrily? Did ancient or pre-human people react as one to some criticism from… ourselves? God? Instincts? The concept that humanity is, or was, of one mind and one emotional makeup is bankrupt.
The author is vague on concepts of God. He uses the Adam and Eve account as true, then he endorses Darwinism and the findings of science as if they destroyed the idea of Biblical truth. The lack of evidence as to what early “man" thought may have compelled him to this position, but the ideas are mixed by the author without adequate explanation. He also has an inadequate grasp of psychiatry and childhood problems. This is critical because he bases part of his overall theory on childhood problems being the nearly the same as faced by developing humanity as it moved to consciousness from instinct. The developing conscious mind's battle with instinct is central to his reasoning. Of course, anthropology cannot turn up how people thought at an early stage, it can only examine the debris of early man's life.
The real human condition, not addressed by Freedom, is knowledge of death. Humans know they will die, and age, and suffer on the journey to death. Facing the reality of your demise in the midst of suffering is the real “human condition” and not a psychological conflict brought on by surrealistic guilt. What can the meaning of life be if death alone awaits? We are a tiny speck in the universe, unable to understand dark matter or dark energy, standing on a thin crust of earth above boiling roiling rock a few miles from our feet, and speeding along at over a million miles per hour toward the edge of whatever space-time is. What is beyond the edge of our universe? The fact that our world will end, our solar system will end, and we will end isn’t disputed. That is the human condition. We exist in the certainty of death as individuals and of the destruction of everything we know in the future.
Mr. Griffith has not explored this link between the knowledge of death and life's meaning, but he claims to have solved the problem of the human condition. Instead, better, clearer thinking is necessary to unravel the human condition.
In Freedom the author Jeremy Griffith grapples the greatest of all questions concerning ‘US’ humans, The Human Condition - namely why have we been un-ideally behaved when clearly the ideals are to be cooperative, caring and loving. The author ultimately addresses this Good vs Evil state that has been troubling our species since the dawn of our consciousness.
Central to his explanation of the Human Condition is the biological synthesis the author puts forward in Freedom. He goes into great detail in explaining how we acquired our instincts, our conscience and our intellect, our consciousness and the resulting battle that broke out between these two learning systems being the root cause of the Human Condition as one was an insightful learning system whereas the other was essentially un-insightful or an orientating system. This theory the author puts forth runs contrary to popular conventional thought that is currently being taught everywhere that namely we humans have savage animal instincts and how our intellect has been trying to supress this or civilise this savage side of us. Indeed this theory totally flips this about. He reveals how ‘Love Indoctrination’ established our loving caring instincts and how it also liberated the mind and allowed us to become conscious. It is sure to knock you off your perch.
However, Freedom is not just another book merely about science but really a coming together of knowledge. The author has gone to tremendous effort in piecing together the Arts, Religion and Science into this wholistic masterpiece which explains our human nature as can be evidenced by one of my favourite passages so far in Freedom by nobel prize winning physicist Charles H. Townes ‘they (religion and science) both represent man’s efforts to understand his universe and ultimately be dealing with the same substance. As we understand more in each realm, the two must grow together….converge they must.’ You definitely get the impression that the author wants you to feel this journey that all of humanity has been on since time immemorial.
Nonetheless, you’re bound to go through your own journey with Freedom and what it reveals to you, but take it as that, a journey that all humans have been on and now we’ve arrived at our point of understanding and finally we can begin to ‘know that integrative loving state for the first time and be in it’.
So go forth my fellow Humans and know thy self I cannot encourage you enough. Freedom is a MUST, MUST read for everyone !