The Human Condition
The term human condition refers to the unique feature of simply being human. It can be described as an unalterable part of humanity that is inherent only to human beings and not dependent on race, gender, sexual identification, age, culture, or socioeconomic status. It includes concerns such as the meaning of life, the search for power and prestige, the sense of isolation, the pursuit of happiness, and the awareness of the inescapability of death.
Many of us in the human race suffer from some form of our own internal spiritual malady, such as always feeling apart from, “different” or simply never good enough. This feature of the human experience can show up as a lack of self-confidence, a sense of depression, anxiety, or merely being restless, irritable, and discontented.
At times, the human condition swings to the other extreme, creating those apparent egomaniacs that are usually covertly suffering from an extreme inferiority complex.
We often feel as though we are aimlessly moving through life devoid of a deep sense of purpose and meaning.
We of Peoples Anonymous feel that the majority of the frustration inherent in the human condition comes from (a) futilely searching for things where they are not, and (b) primarily being consumed with self (ego).
To medicate this internal dis-ease, many of us have tried some of the following: yoga, self-help books, going to counseling, seeking the “guru,” retail therapy, going to ashrams, going to churches, getting sprinkled with water, taking communion, acupuncture, going to therapy, exercise, using drugs and alcohol, overeating, transcendental meditation, materialism, attention seeking, gossip, plastic surgery, neurolinguistic programming, studying theologies, taking a trip, not taking a trip … ad infinitum.
We are, at times, unable to bring into our lives the true desires of our hearts. We have been operating out of a sense of scarcity, although we live in a universe of abundance. As Auntie Mame says, “Life’s a banquet, and most poor sons-of-bitches are starving to death!”
There is a solution.
Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful consummation. But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it. When, therefore, we were approached by those in whom the problem had been solved, there was nothing left for us but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet. We have found much of heaven and we have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence of which we had not even dreamed. (BB p. 25)
By working the Twelve Steps in our lives, we begin to seek things where they are. Coincidentally, they are much more easily found there. Applying this spiritual surgery to our life, we genuinely gain freedom from the bondage of the false Self and discover our authentic Self.
We of Peoples Anonymous have found this work heals our suffering from the human condition at the causational level. Simply put, we now live joy-filled, abundant lives of tremendous meaning and purpose.
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