6. ABOUT RELIGION AND THE NEW AGE MOVEMENT
WTM FAQ 6.5 Is this just another self-help, New Age, pseudo idealistic, superficial-treatment-of-psychosis type movement?
No. There has been much talk of the need to love each other and the environment, but the real need on Earth has been to love the dark side of ourselves, to find reconciling and redeeming understanding of our species’ extraordinary capacity for brutality, selfish indifference to others, hate, anger, oppression, meanness, cruelty, devastation and destruction—to explain the psychological origins of our deeply distressed so-called human condition and by so doing heal our troubled souls and set ourselves free from our 2-million-years corrupted condition. And it is precisely that all-important explaining, redeeming, reconciling and liberating understanding of ourselves that is presented in biologist Jeremy Griffith’s work.
As Jeremy explains in detail in his booklet , there has been a great progression of pseudo idealistic movements, each one becoming more escapist and superficial and deluded and dishonest than the previous one; from Religion to Socialism and Communism, to the New Age movement, to the Feminist then Environmental or Green movements, to the Politically Correct then Postmodern then Multicultural then Anti-Capitalism movements, then, most recently, to Critical Theory and its associated Critical Race Theory and Critical Gender Theory. But the truth is that freedom from our 2-million-year corrupted condition could only be achieved by confronting, truthfully thinking about, and finally explaining and thus solving the human condition at its source, which is what Jeremy has done (see and of his book FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition).
What Jeremy is presenting is the reconciling and redeeming explanation of the human condition that we have needed to end the insecurity about our corrupted condition. As Carl Jung famously said, ‘wholeness for humans depends on the ability to own their own shadow’. Yes, we needed to be able to understand the dark side of ourselves if we were to become sound and ‘whole’ again.
The many new age and self-help courses and theories, like ‘mindfulness’ and ‘A Course In Miracles’, don’t deal with the source of our species’ corrupted condition and biologically establish our fundamental goodness as a species. There have been thousands of years of different techniques for calming, restraining, repressing, and even transcending our psychologically upset human condition, which have been very valuable in managing our upset, but none of them have brought an end to the upset state of the human condition—it’s still rampant everywhere—and the reason is because they don’t solve the human condition, bring relieving understanding to it. As one of our subscribers summarised, ‘I can now see why ‘A Course in Miracles’ didn’t work for me. I completed the 365 day course three years running to try and heal myself from deep depression and anxiety. After reading [Freedom] Essay 15 and studying Freedom [the book] it becomes clear that without the explanation of WHY we are so upset ACIM can only act as a sticky plaster with the ‘scream’ still going on underneath.’ Being able to understand the human condition is what actually allows humans to accept and be nonjudgmental about their pain, and truly be calmly mindfully aware about their life.
Essentially, pseudo idealistic movements were about finding relief from, or escaping, our tormented condition, rather than directly confronting and bringing redeeming, reconciling and rehabilitating explanation to the battle between our conflicted and divided condition. As Jeremy writes of the pseudo idealistic New Age Movement in FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition, “Irresponsible transcendence of the issue of self, thought repression, enforced dogma and escapism were all fundamentally a ‘retreat from knowledge’. But de-braining ourselves was never going to work; ultimately, we needed brain food not brain anaesthetic; we needed knowledge—specifically the dignifying, uplifting, healing, ameliorating, relieving, peace-bringing understanding of the human condition. Anything else was an abrogation of the fundamental responsibility that came with our greatest capacity and nature’s greatest invention: our species’ fully conscious, thinking, self-managing, self-adjusting mind.” (see paragraph 1180 of FREEDOM)
Yes, the truth is that pseudo idealism has been leading humanity away from the truth about ourselves. It was an irresponsibly escapist abandonment of the search for knowledge, ultimately self-knowledge, understanding of the human condition. It was working against finding the relieving understanding of ourselves.
Having said that, many people have told us they do use mindfulness and meditation, and also breathing techniques, to help access this information and help bridge the huge paradigm shift that this information unavoidably brings. People have said they have needed that extra support from such techniques to calm themselves and aid their concentration. But again, to responsibly and profoundly deal with the human condition you have to confront, explain, understand and by so doing be able to heal and end our destructive nature—there is no short cut. Humans have to be able to understand their way to freedom, and it is that all-clarifying, redeeming and rehabilitating understanding that Jeremy provides.
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We want to emphasise that the difference between the liberating, fully accountable, rational, biological explanation of the human condition, and pseudo idealism is explained in the booklet titled , which is freely available on our homepage as one of the WTM’s four key books (and is also available as ).
Death by Dogma includes an explanation of the danger of the pseudo idealistic left-wing’s adoption of the dishonest ‘savage instincts’ excuse and Marxist ‘blank-slate’ nonsense to dismiss our human condition; how the left-wing threatened humanity’s search for knowledge; and the progression toward ever greater levels of delusion in pseudo idealistic movements during the last 200 years.