Freedom: The End of the Human Condition.
Freedom: The End of the Human Condition
WTM Publishing and Communications
GPO Box 5095, Sydney NSW 2001, Australia
9781741290240, $22.95, PB, 798pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Why do we thinking, rational, immensely clever, supposedly sensible beings behave so ruthlessly, competitively and selfishly that human life has become all but unbearable and we have nearly destroyed our own planet? Are we a flawed species, some sort of evolutionary mistake, fundamentally worthless beings--or are we possibly the absolute heroes of the story of life on Earth? How are we to make sense of the awesome contradictions of the human condition? Yes, how are we to truly understand ourselves--because without redeeming, biological understanding there can be no real peace for the human mind, no basis for the much-needed psychological rehabilitation and maturation of the human race.
Venturing, however, into the heart of darkness of this most foreboding of all frontiers for the human mind of the issue of self, the issue of what the human condition really is, has been a near impossible task. When the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote, 'O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall, frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed', he was acknowledging how fearfully depressing the issue of the human condition has been for virtually all humans, and why, therefore, our condition has never been truthfully 'fathomed'--'truthfully' because innumerable explanations have been put forward for the human condition, but none have genuinely confronted and, by so doing, solved the human condition.
But no longer is this the case, because Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith has been able to venture right to the bottom of the dark depths of what it is to be human and return with the fully accountable, true explanation of our seemingly imperfect lives. At long last we have the redeeming and thus transforming understanding of human behavior! And with that explanation found all the other great outstanding scientific mysteries about our existence are now also able to be truthfully explained--of the meaning of our existence, of the origin of our unconditionally selfless moral instincts, and of why we humans became conscious when other animals haven't. Yes, the full story of life on Earth can finally be told-- and all of these incredible breakthroughs and insights are presented here in this 'greatest of all books'.
Critique: 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.