Definition of The Human Condition

 

Definition of the Human Condition

 

While the universally accepted ideals are to be cooperative, loving and selfless, humans are variously competitive, aggressive and selfish.

 

Humans are capable of immense love and sensitivity, but we have also been capable of greed, hatred, brutality, rape, murder and war.

 

The subconscious sense of guilt and agony of being unable to explain this contradictory capacity has been the burden of human life: the human condition.

 

Conventional references to the human condition

 

    • why we are the way we are
    • what it is to be human
    • the riddle of life
    • our human predicament
    • the dark side of our nature
    • our troubled human state and nature
    • our corrupted or ‘fallen’ state 
    • our capacity for ‘good’ and ‘evil’
    • our contradictory nature
    • our state of human frailty
    • our burden of guilt or sin
    • the root of human conflict
    • the meaning of humans and 
      their place in the world
  • our capacity for ‘good’ and ‘evil’
  • our contradictory nature
  • our state of human frailty
  • our burden of guilt or sin
  • the root of human conflict
  • the meaning of humans and 
    their place in the world
 

 

Please Note: for the best description of the human condition we strongly recommend you watch Section 1:4 of ‘Q & A’s – Jeremy Griffith answering questions’ in the WTM Video Library, or read Chapter 2:2 of FREEDOM.