1. ABOUT THE HUMAN CONDITION
AND ITS RESOLUTION
WTM FAQ 1.33 Jeremy Griffith writes that “the world is in crisis” and that we’re facing “end game for the human race”, but isn’t our situation getting better not worse?
Jeremy Griffith writes that “the world is in crisis” and that we’re facing “end game for the human race”, but isn’t our situation getting better not worse? As the political scientist Bjorn Lomborg has pointed out, ‘We are wealthier, healthier, wiser and seldom have seen such peace…The fact is that the world is mostly getting better…average global life expectancy has more than doubled since 1900…among the poor, health inequality has declined massively…the world is more literate, child labour is decreasing and we are living in one of the most peaceful times in history…During the past 30 years, average global per capita income has almost doubled…rich countries are increasingly preserving forests and reforesting’ (‘The forecast: yet another sunny day for the planet’, The Australian, 23 Aug. 2019).
Jeremy Griffith’s response:
As the fully accountable, true instinct vs intellect explanation of the human condition reveals, the human race started out in a cooperative and loving innocent state and then when we became conscious we became increasingly psychologically angry, egocentric and alienated as we searched for the redeeming knowledge that would explain why we corrupted our innocent soul.
However, until we found that redeeming instinct vs intellect explanation, we couldn’t afford to admit that the human race has been progressing from innocence to upset. Any admission that our species once lived in a cooperative and loving state of innocence while we were searching for that explanation of our present corrupted condition only left us unbearably condemned as evil, worthless beings. So to avoid such suicidally depressing thoughts we had no choice but to deny that the human race did once live in an innocent state, which is where the patently dishonest, ‘our distant ancestors were selfish, competitive and aggressive savages having to try to reproduce their genes like other animals’ excuse came to our rescue. The ‘savage instincts’ excuse was a reverse-of-the-truth lie but it made living with our corrupted condition while we were searching for understanding of it bearable. (See for the explanation of how our ape ancestors overcame the genetic need to reproduce their genes and acquired our all-loving, unconditionally selfless instincts.)
Throughout our 2 million year journey to find the truthful redeeming understanding of our corrupted condition, defensive denial—along with defensively attacking any criticism of our corrupted condition, and defensively finding ways to artificially make ourselves feel good about ourselves—is what made that journey possible.
We have been a species that has had to live in denial, a species practising extreme dishonesty. As Plato so accurately metaphorically described our situation, we have been living deep inside a dark cave where no exposing truthful light could reach us.
What this means is that every increasingly upsetting step along the way to understanding of our corrupted condition depended on us finding ways to deny our corrupted condition. We always had to, as we say, put on a brave face, keep up appearances, stay positive, keep pretending that everything was basically fine about our lives and deny that we were massively, 2-million-years corrupted. So the more we searched for knowledge and became more corrupted, the more we had to find more dishonest ways to deny we were corrupted.
Basically we would talk about all manner of positive achievements without ever mentioning the negative of how horrendously corrupted and horrendously practising of denial of that truth and thus how horrendously alienated/psychotic/split from our true all-loving and all-sensitive instinctive self or soul we actually were. There was this massive metaphorical elephant in the room, our extremely alienated condition, that no one was confronting or admitting. And all this denial is apparent in this delusion that ‘the world is mostly getting better…We are wealthier, healthier, wiser and seldom have seen such peace’. The real truth of our worse-not-better, massively corrupted condition is apparent in the graph I present in which shows that the amount of angry, egocentric and alienated upset in the human race now has reached terminal, death-of-our-species levels!
This is what I said in THE Interview, and this the graph that accompanied it:
“While we’ve had to live in denial of our corrupted, psychologically upset condition while we couldn’t explain it, the truth is that on a graph showing the ever-increasing levels of upset in humans, those levels, especially of psychosis and alienation, have been increasing so rapidly lately that the line tracking their rise is near vertical with the amount of upset virtually doubling now in each new generation! & on our World Transformation Movement’s website describes this terrifying end play threat of terminal levels of psychosis. Basically, we had virtually lost the race between self-destruction and self-understanding.”
As well as the descriptions of our species’ end game situation that is truthfully described in the just referred to & , provides a very powerful truthful description of the progression of increasingly dishonest and thus increasingly ineffective, worse-not-better forms of pseudo therapy the human race has been practising to try to cope with the now terminal levels of psychosis in the human race.
So that is how precious and timely the arrival of the reconciling, redeeming and rehabilitating explanation of the human condition is, and how precious the transformation of every human life from a human-condition-afflicted state to a human-condition-free state that it makes possible is!