I HAVE A QUESTION.
What would our society, our world look like if all that inhabit the earth were free of fear, guilt, and aggression? Free from malice and sorrow. How would it be if we were all “happy and harmless”. Religions the world over often preach this as their aim. It would appear they have failed dismally considering the number of years they have been at it. Read any eastern spiritualist book and they all talk about happiness, or should I say “enlightenment”. The state achieved by disassociating one self from reality to your inner dimension. A place of peace and tranquillity. Peaceful and tranquil it probably is, but it seems that you have to “forget” the world you live in to get there. Is this what we all should do? I am not so sure that we would survive very long. Probably would not do much to support ourselves, let alone procreate or even survive etc…
A man named Richard however, is one person who has achieved the state of being free of the human condition.
“Now, for the first time, a proven method has been devised to eliminate the genetically-encoded instinctual passions of fear, aggression, nurture and desire, the very passions that are the root cause of human bondage, malice and sorrow.”
Now the concept itself is not entirely new. Even the great Albert Einstein saw this long before anyone ever attempted such a state of being.
“A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty… The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. … We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.” (Albert Einstein, 1954)
The first step to being free of the human condition, is to recognise that the image we have of ourselves is just that, an image. An image that is formulated based on our heritage, genetic instincts and re-enforced by our upbringing. To free oneself you must first recognise the difference between “what we are”, as opposed to “who we are”.
Oh, just had a thought. What could the human race do collectively if we were all unselfish, co-operative, free of guilt, and so full of optimism!!!!! Oh my god!!!!!!!! It just sends shivers down my spine and a tear in my eye. It would be the most incredible most amazing thing in all of human history. What if it could be true? We usually just accept that this kind of thinking is just a hopeless dream, but is it? Is’nt that thinking part of the human condition? Is it time to take a stand? As wise old Yoda said, “Much work to do, I can see.”
But, how do you go about “freeing” yourself of the human condition? Even the thought of attempting to change one’s identity is frightening. Breaking down your sense of “self”, who you are, to attempt to discover “what” you are. This of course will not be easy, but the bigger question is would you be prepared to sacrifice your ego, your self image, to achieve true happiness?
- Feel alive and connected to the Universe.
- See everything in the world as a marvel.
- Feel valued for what you are.
- Be confident and brave.
- Be happy and content being you.
- Selfless and harmless.
Many people search for the answers to “life”, to the meaning of their own existence. If freeing oneself from the human condition is actually possible, then in one respect it is quite an irony really, because by becoming “free” you will find no answers to the meaning of life, but then again if you do succeed, then you will not really need any answers anyway! You may end up with a life of such satisfaction and fulfilment that the question becomes quite redundant.
The saying “ no body is perfect” is interesting because there is no standard we actually refer to! Yet we often excuse ourselves for not being perfect. We say we are only human when we do not live up to our own expectations of ourselves. It is WE, who set the standard by which WE, measure ourselves. Our inherited idea of who we are dictates how close to “perfection” we are. Are we not already perfect? Things in this world are exactly the way they should be. Ie every tree is exactly as it is supposed to be, every animal is perfect, and every other living thing on this planet is perfect. They do not judge themselves by any self imposed imaginary standard. But we do. It is only “us” with our conscious self image that is imperfect. I am beginning to understand how this is supposed to work.
For many years now I have felt and behaved selfish or self centred, and this I thought was not what I should be, however it feels so natural. To look after oneself first. To ensure you are first ok, and then you can give of yourself freely to others. This fits perfectly with this philosophy of true freedom from the human condition. I do feel that all of the real “truths” I have discovered over the years are there in plain sight. You just have to bother to look and to question. For example, the realisation that religion is really about power and control, including the worshipping of a vengeful/forgiving God. or how about the self deception of your own thinking or identity can impose on your life in such a negative manner, and how by changing your thinking can change the perception of your life. Any event is neither good, nor bad, but only the way you think about it makes it so.
But what if we did not worship God or other deities. What if we just pursued the betterment of the human race, including looking after all that gives us life, the earth and all it’s inhabitants? If there was a God, would he not marvel at what we do? Would he/she be absolutely pleased that what we did, on our own, with our own thoughts. That we were able to overcome the differences between race, beliefs, culture and the difficulties of our own desires and ambition. Would he not marvel at “his” creation. Worthy to be living in this most wonderful Universe!
Oh, if only.
So, culturally, historically, even logically, there is very little, or no documented “truth” when it comes to the way we should think and feel. We have an incredible brain. Capable of such incredible, fantastic things. From building things that can propel us to the moon, and back, to composing the most beautiful music, and creating things the world has never seen before. We are truly amazing! Yet, predominantly we are hobbled by our culture, our fears, and our personal ambition.
So. My question stands. What would our world be like if we were free of malice and sorrow. Who is prepared to change their life for the better and so contribute to some actual development of the human race? Something that really has not happened for a long long time.
Some “Qutable” quotes:
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
I know but one freedom, and that is the freedom of the mind.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
To finish off, a quote from the person who has found true peace on earth.
“One can only marvel at the fact that this entire edifice called life-on-earth is actually happening at all. To take it for granted that we are here, or – even worse – to wish we were not, is to miss out on the ‘miracle’ of living fully in this magical, fairy tale-like paradisiacal wonderland that is this planet earth”.
Human condition defined:
The Human Condition is a common term for the situation that all human beings find themselves in when they emerge as babies. The Human Condition is that set of beliefs, conditionings and instinctual passions that form the habitual and neuro-biological program by which human beings currently operate and have done so, with few significant changes, ever since the emergence of the species.
The Human Condition can be likened to the ‘rules of the game’, defining the parameters and limits of what it is to be a human being that have been established, and embellished, over thousands of years. These rules ‘set in concrete’ both our instinctually-based behaviour patterns as well as the beliefs, morals and ethics that have been passed on from those who were here before us. Thus the gender, family, tribal, spiritual and world views, concepts and attitudes of each and every newly-born human is, without exception pre-established at birth.
The Human Condition is deemed to be a fixed condition, so much so that it is universally accepted that ‘you can’t change human nature’.