BOSTON, June 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For the last 40 years biologist Jeremy Griffith has dedicated his career to understanding the human condition (human nature or how we live our lives) and the question of how to save our species from self-destruction — a world of terrorism, unending wars and refugee crises, ecological devastation, polarized politics, and the breakdown of the family unit.
His latest book, "FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition" has just been launched in London at the Royal Geographical Society with Sir Bob Geldof giving a rousing keynote speech. Griffith, whose new biological understanding of the human condition is presented in this world-changing book, was introduced by Geldof who said that "I've never felt the world more threatening, more fractious…We need Freedom 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."
FREEDOM is an honest and powerful look at why humans behave the way we do, and how we can change ourselves and the world we live in.
Griffith argues that like all living creatures, our species must once have been controlled by instinct, but when our fully conscious mind merged, it wasn't enough for it to be orientated by instincts, it had to find understanding to operate effectively and fulfil its great potential to manage life. And that it was at this point that a psychologically upsetting battle developed between our already established instinctive self and newer, self-managing conscious mind, the result of which is our angry, egocentric and alienated condition.
Griffith says, "We still need to overcome the difficult responsibility of facing and accepting the truth about our embattled condition. But with the arrival of understanding of the human condition, we can know that humans' whole competitive, self-preoccupied, selfish, must-win-power-fame-fortune-and-glory way of living has been made redundant. In fact, the fundamental situation the human race is now in is that the competitive way of living has become pointless, meaningless, because it doesn't progress the human race to greater knowledge as it once did because the key piece of knowledge that we needed to find, of understanding of the human condition, has been found."
Both a great humanitarian and lyricist, Sir Bob Geldof accurately pleaded our species' plight when, in his aptly titled album Deep in the Heart of Nowhere, he sang, "What are we going to do because it can't go on…This is the world calling. God help us," and "Searching through their sacred books for the holy grail of 'why', but the total sum of knowledge knows no more than you or I."
As Griffith explains, the "sacred" scriptures that Geldof referred to couldn't answer the "why" of our divided human condition until science clarified the difference between the gene- and nerve-based learning systems.
"Through FREEDOM's clarifying insight all our psychologically defensive angry, alienated and egocentric behavior is made redundant. With the great burden of guilt lifted from the human race, the old insecure, upset life that went with it is finally over."
"And, most wonderfully," says Griffith, "what happens when we humans give up our old ways of living and take up the new way of living that understanding of the human condition has made possible is we become transformed from a competitive and selfishly behaved individual to a cooperative and selflessly behaved one, an integrative part of humanity."
Jeremy Griffith's Freedom: The End Of The Human Condition is published by WTM Publishing & Communications
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