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How We Acquired our Altruistic Moral Conscience | World Transformation Movement

Evolve to Ecology supports the work of Jeremy Griffith,  founder of The World Transformation,  Movement, and author of FREEDOM: THE END OF THE HUMAN CONDITION  as it ties in harmoniously with deep ecology principles, so we are excited to share one of his essays here, not only that but he altruistically shares his entire book for free, because he believes it will help humanity grow and evolve consciousness.

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How did we humans acquire our all-loving, unconditionally selfless moral conscience?

Written by Jeremy Griffith, 2017

Painted portrait of Charles Darwin as an older man

The previous Freedom Essay 20 explained how our species’ guilt over our present human-condition-afflicted angry and egocentric behaviour led us to contrive the excuse that we have ‘savage’ competitive, selfish and aggressive instincts, despite clear evidence that we humans actually have cooperative, selfless and loving moral instincts, the ‘voice’ or expression of which is our conscience. As Charles Darwin recognised, ‘The moral sense perhaps affords the best and highest distinction between man and the lower animals’ (The Descent of Man1871, ch.4).

And to have acquired our altruistic moral instinctive nature, it follows that our distant ancestors must have been cooperative, selfless and loving, not competitive, selfish and aggressive like other animalswhich the following extracts from F. Essay 53 serve to illustrate (and you can find many more wonderful descriptions like these of our species’ past time in innocence in that essay).

Etching titled ‘Golden Age’ depicting mother and father holding a child with Edenic symbolism and text ‘like gods they lived’
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