4. Humanity’s harrowing journey of ever-increasing denial and artificial relief and delusion to cope with the ever-increasing corruption of our original instinctive self or soul
Having summarised what was presented in THE Interview, I am now in a position to explain in some detail the biological explanation for why the left-wing’s postmodern, deconstructed, politically correct, Marxist, woke, critical theory culture is rapidly leading to our species’ extinction.
As I wrote at the start of this book, what is going to be described is a harrowing 2-million year journey (for, as mentioned, that is how long we have been fully conscious) of ever-increasing artificial relief, delusion and denial to cope with ever-increasing levels of psychological upset, which has taken us to where we are today on the brink of total madness and the imminent threat of extinction.
(What is presented here is largely drawn from , although the pseudo emancipation ideology of Critical Theory wasn’t addressed in FREEDOM because it wasn’t taking hold over society when FREEDOM was published in 2016.)
As the Adam Stork analogy explains, the first form of artificial relief our conscious self-managing mind engaged in when it was unjustly condemned by our instinctive self for defying it was to attack the criticism (anger), deny and block out the criticism (alienation/psychosis), and find any positive reinforcement we could to relieve us of the condemning criticism (egocentricity). ANGER, ALIENATION AND EGOCENTRICITY became the main devices we employed to protect us from feeling bad about ourselves while we carried out the increasingly soul-destroying search for the redeeming understanding of our corrupted condition.
The problem with defensively attacking, denying and trying to prove wrong the unbearable implication that we are evil, worthless beings for having destroyed our all-loving and all-sensitive original instinctive self or soul was that while it brought us some relief we were continually adding to the levels of denial/psychosis/alienation within us.
Given this ever-increasing upset, the question is, what could we do when the levels of upset within us became too unbearable and destructive and we still hadn’t found the rehabilitating true, instinct vs intellect explanation of our corrupted condition?
It was at this point where upset had become intolerable (which we can expect would have occurred early in our 2-million-year journey from innocence to the utterly corrupted state or condition of the human race today) that more powerful forms of artificial reinforcement of ourselves—pseudo therapy—had to be found. (Real therapy depended on finding the true, redeeming and healing instinct vs intellect biological explanation of our corrupted condition.)
The first of these more powerful forms of pseudo therapy that we developed was the practice of SELF DISCIPLINE. As depicted above, we learned to contain and conceal the true extent of our, by now, inner fury at being unjustly condemned as evil when we intuitively didn’t believe we were, and instead manufactured a calm, controlled and even a compassionate, considerate-of-others, selfless exterior. We civilised our upset. While we weren’t able to eliminate our distressed state with understanding, we were able to restrain and hide it. Civility has disguised the volcanic levels of upset that actually exists within us humans. In order to not be overcome by the true negativity of our situation we have had to, as we say, ‘put on a brave face’, ‘keep our chin up’, ‘stay positive’, ‘keep up appearances’, pretend we are healthy and happy when we are actually the opposite, namely incredibly psychotic and depressed. Basically, we became the absolute masters of lying and delusion, almost completely fake phonies—which, it absolutely needs to be emphasised, conversely reveals just how astronomically brave, utterly heroic and incredibly wonderful we humans actually are!!
J.M.W. (William) Turner’s Fishermen at Sea, reproduced below, captures something of the astronomical heroism of the human race struggling for 2 million years through a terrible, lonely darkness of guilt-stricken bewilderment and seeming meaninglessness, where, as the Biblical prophet Isaiah wrote, ‘justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us. We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows. Like the blind we grope along the wall, feeling our way like men without eyes…Truth is nowhere to be found’ (Isa. 59). Yes, as the prophet of our time, and now Nobel Laureate for Literature, Bob Dylan, sang, ‘How does it feel to be on your own, with no direction home, like a complete unknown’ (Like a Rolling Stone, 1965).
So the extreme denial and delusion involved in the pseudo therapy of restraining and civilising our now overly upset condition helped us cope. But what happened when we still hadn’t found the redeeming understanding of ourselves and the levels of upset reached intolerable levels? Trying to avoid the human condition (the fear that we were evil) while we were waiting to find understanding of it, was a nightmare of ever-increasing psychosis (soul death) and neurosis (mind/thinking death), until eventually we reached a point where we simply had to find our way back to at least some genuinely therapeutic connection with our instinctive true self or soul, and some genuinely therapeutic truthful thinking. At that point at least a limited form of anti-denial and soul-resuscitation, or ‘truth-based therapy’, simply had to be attempted.
One of the first ways we developed to reconnect with soul and truth was one of the earliest forms of religion, which was NATURE WORSHIP OR ANIMISM—religion being the strategy of putting our faith in, deferring to, and looking for comfort, reassurance and guidance from something other than our overly upset and overly soul-estranged conscious thinking egoic self. Nature was a friend of our original instinctive self or soul because our instinctive self had grown up as part of the natural world, and also while nature could be brutal it wasn’t psychologically upset (basically mad) like we humans have been, so by reconnecting with nature we were rebuilding at least some connection with our original all-loving and all-sensitive instinctive self or soul, and indirectly being a little bit honest about the existence of a more innocent, denial-free world.
Another way that eventually developed to counter the estrangement/alienation/loneliness of our soul-oppressed situation, and this was also an earlier form of religion or deferment to something other than what our conscious thinking self was able to understand and decide it should do, was ANCESTOR WORSHIP. Having managed to survive our soul’s estrangement and mind’s alienated loneliness, our ancestors could be a source of great reassurance and comfort. By revering our ancestors and enshrining their memories, they could remain a presence in our lives to inspire, look after and guide us. Our ancestors didn’t connect us with our soul like nature did because they had also been psychologically upset, but their memory did help calm our upset and by so doing allow us to be a little more soulful and truthful; a little less deranged.
I should point out that when upset became really extreme—which, as will be explained in the next paragraph, occurred following the development of agriculture—we could hardly live with ourselves let alone each other, and when this happened our original love for each other very often became a case of being antagonistic towards each other. (The Biblical story of the struggle between Cain and Abel is a recognition of this—see pars 906-908 of FREEDOM.) And the more we stopped being fond of each other, the more we stopped wanting to remember our not-so-lovable ‘loved ones’. But before love died like this, we did so love each other that we didn’t want to let their memory go when they died, and so in those more innocent, less upset times, adoration of our ancestors did play a very important part in our lives.
What now needs to be explained is how the advent of agriculture and the domestication of animals some 11,000 years ago greatly increased the spread and growth of upset in the human race and led to the need for true religion. What was so significant about these developments in terms of escalating upset was that they caused people to live a more sedentary, less nomadic existence in close proximity and greater numbers in villages, then towns and eventually cities, and it was this greater interaction between people that dramatically increased the spread and development of upset. It was difficult enough having to cope with your own upset, let alone trying to cope with other people’s upset as well. As the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre wrote, ‘Hell is other people’ (Closed Doors, 1944), and in a large community there are a lot of other people and thus a lot of upset everywhere, which in turn inevitably caused even more upset everywhere. It is not a relatively peaceful hunter-forager walk in the woods with innocent nature, it is a war zone of mad, crazy, maniacal upset humans where there is little chance of our innocent soul surviving for very long. As the historian Manning Clark said, ‘The bush [wilderness] is our source of innocence; the town is where the devil prowls around’ (The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 Feb. 1985). (Again, this will be discussed later in this book, but it should be noted here that the left-wing proposed that it was the agricultural revolution, and the sedentary, competition-for-possessions lifestyle it enabled, that supposedly either led to selfish instincts within us coming to dominate some selfless instincts within us, or as Critical Theory holds, just caused humans to behave selfishly, become capitalistic and so forth. However, as just explained, while the sedentary existence did dramatically increase upset, it didn’t cause supposed selfish instincts to become dominant over selfless instincts as the Left argue, or simply create selfish behaviour through competition. As explained earlier, our instinctive nature is to be entirely selfless; our selfishness emerged when we became psychologically upset sufferers of the angry, egocentric and alienated human condition.)